From the Hamilton Journal:
For most of last spring, 280-pound Rob Stratton was a cult figure in the Cincinnati Reds camp, grabbing attention by hitting .314 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 35 at-bats.
He was in camp as a nonroster invitee and he was sent to Class AAA Louisville. Just a week into the season, he tore his Achilles tendon. Told to stay off it, he walked down some steps during the healing process and tore it again.
Well, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back. Mostly, he works by himself, part of a small group invited to a minor-league minicamp, which means heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably play in some of the Reds exhibition games.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Achilles is good,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I worked hard on it all off-season and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve lost 20 pounds.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is the way IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had to battle all my career, fight through injuries. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just grateful to the Reds that they are giving me another chance, and if I can stay healthy, maybe I can get back where I left off last spring.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Stratton, according to reports, looked great last year in ST, was sent to Louisville to find out if his new stance and swing would resurrect his career and he blew the Achilles.
Hopefully, he’ll pick up where he left off and do well at Louisville. A big bat in Louisville will come in handy at some point this season for the Reds.