Someone explain this one to me:
Catcher Mike Lieberthal was back in the PhilliesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ clubhouse, having spent a week in Clearwater, Fla., during which he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play any rehabilitation games.
Lieberthal had continued discomfort in his strained left hip that kept him sidelined when he was supposed to be playing for the Class A Threshers. According to Lieberthal, the pain when he runs the bases has eased and he gauges himself at “85 percent.”
“I ran Sunday, and I felt better than I did (June 27),” Lieberthal said. “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping to play for (Triple-A) Scranton or (Double-A) Reading this weekend and be back for San Francisco (the PhilliesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ first series after the All-Star break).”
If Lieberthal does return and plays pain-free in the second half of July, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a chance he could find his name among the trade rumors. He is in the final year of his contract, and there are contending teams (the Rockies and Reds, to name two) who might want to give Lieberthal a try if the Phillies are willing to pick up a healthy percentage of the $3.75 million he has remaining on his contract for the second half of the season.
Can anyone think of a single reason why the Reds would be interested in another catcher?