From the DDN:
Amazingly, the team snubbed outfielder Austin Kearns again, this time re-acquiring outfielder Jason Romano from Louisville. Romano was designated for assignment June 7 and removed from the 40-man roster.
To make room for Romano, the Reds transferred injured infielder Luis Lopez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
“We had hoped to wait on Freel until at least Monday, and none of us wanted to put him on the DL and he didn’t want to go on the DL,” manager Jerry Narron said. “But he wasn’t getting better, and we didn’t want him to go out and re-injure it.
“Since (outfielder) Kenny Kelly is out and with Freel out, we definitely needed a guy who could play the outfield.”
Kearns? Still being punished for weighing 255 pounds. But his bat is pretty heavy, too Ã¢â‚¬â€ .394 in 33 at-bats with eight doubles in eight games.
O’Brien says they needed someone to play infield and outfield, Narron says they needed an outfielder. And neither can seem to explain why Kearns can’t lose wait in Cincinnati, rather than hitting almost .400 at Louisville.
But the good thing is we’ll get to see Aurilla every day at 2B (and batting second) while Freel is on the DL.
Maybe he’ll continue to hit and they can package him and Randa up for something worth something.