From the Enquirer
When you have an abundance of infielders on your roster, what do you do?
Teach them to play the outfield.
The Reds had Ray Olmedo and Anderson Machado taking balls in the outfield before Wednesday’s game with the Giants.
Neither has played the position in the majors.
“It was fun,” Olmedo said. “I was comfortable. When I was a little guy, I liked to play center field.”
The exercise wasn’t such a hit with Machado.
“It was no fun at all,” he said.
Reds manager Jerry Narron said there’s a chance one of the two could play an occasional inning or two in the outfield.
“I want to be able to put them out there in the eighth inning without them being shocked by it,” he said. “They’re not going to a start a game there. But we need them to be able to play more than shortstop.”
With Ryan Freel on the disabled list, the Reds are short on outfield help.
“Olmedo has very good instincts out there,” Narron said. “Machado needs some work.”
The problem is Olmedo is coming back from offseason ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.
“I don’t know if my arm’s ready for the outfield,” he said.
This may be the stupidest thing I’ve seen lately.
Let’s put two guys that can’t hit their weight into the outfield and take ABs away from 3 guys (Dunn, Griffey, and Pena) that are actually doing their jobs.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.