According to the Enquirer, the player to be called up to replace Kelly looks to be Edwin Encarnacion.

Don’t be surprised if it’s third baseman Edwin Encarnacion who is with the team when they open a three-game series in Cleveland tonight. As of Thursday, an Edwin Encarnacion was registered at the Reds’ hotel in Cleveland.

Kearns said he doesn’t expect to get the call, and Reds general manager Dan O’Brien said on his radio show that calling up Kearns was “highly unlikely.”

This decision might make sense for the weekend, when the Reds will be using the DH, but after that, does it make any sense for him to be sittng on the bench for a last place team?

7 Responses

  1. Chad

    This is absurd. An outfielder is hurt, yet they refuse to bring up Kearns.

    They’re screwing with that kid’s head, and from all indications, Kearns is susceptible to that type of thing.

  2. Glenn

    If Encarnation is on the roster, I wouldn’t expect to see Randa much longer. I wonder what sore armed pitcher the Reds will get for him?

  3. Mike

    I’m not sure why we’re all jumping on the poor Austin bandwagon all of a sudden. Does anyone honestly disagree with sending Kearns down? He had zero confidence, was consistently bad in May through June (650 OPS) where he played just about every day, and the outfield was full with better hitters. How do you start a guy with those numbers? Doesn’t it make more sense to get AB’s in Louisville for the time being?

    While I’ll agree that if Kearns’ comments are true, then this wasn’t handled well by O’Brien, but to say that it is ridiculous to keep him down for long, I just don’t see it. Why is he asking for a trade when he’s in the middle of an awful slump? Take the assignment, improve and come back to play. He was given every opportunity early in the season.

    Let him play down there for at least a month, prove he has his stroke back and then bring him up.

  4. Tyler

    The management has handled every potential dramatic situation terribly. All of the Dunn stuff, Kearns, even Graves was handled poorly. They ran him out there, never took his job from him, then cut him.

    Austin could benifit from this assignment, but they should have handled the way it went down much better. Don’t lie to the guy.

    As for keeping him down, he’s destroying the ball in AAA. As he should. I expect him to hit .375/.420/.700 there and that is what he’s hitting right now. It will not tail off, then what does Dan O’ do? Does he have a plan?

  5. Joel

    I heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that O’Brien wants to reply to Bowden’s emails but he lost his password to his email account. He’s put a call into the Reds Helpdesk, but I guess they’re too busy with everything else that is broken in the organization. He’s in the queue though.