From John Fay’s blog:

Prior to tonight’s game, RHP Matt Belisle (sore right forearm) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. The contract of IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. was selected from Class AAA Louisville and IF Juan Castro was designated for assignment.

Not sure this is much of an upgrade…but…

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20 Responses

  1. Andy

    I see Dusty is still trying to assemble the greatest collection collection of AAAA ex-Cubs ever. Oh, where art thou, Neifi Perez?

  2. Y-City Jim

    Hairston has to be capable of a bit more offense than Castro.

  3. daedalus

    YAY!!!! Hairston’s hitting right now – let’s ride out his good streak until Alex gets back.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, Hairston did what he could in AAA to earn the call. That’s just fine – his roster spot is only being kept warm for the Boss. Just 4-6 more weeks.

  5. ChicagoRedsFan

    Krivsky on Castro:
    “That was really difficult. He makes any team better that he’s on. It’s not a good day when you have to tell him you’re making a change,” Krivsky said. “Hopefully we can find him something in the Major Leagues and go forward, but I can’t say enough about him as a person, as a man and as a teammate. I just think the world of the guy.”

    Based on this quote, it sounds like Krivky’s judgement in signing Castro to a 2-year contract may have been clouded by his own personal feelings.

    Anyhow, with that said, thank goodness the Reds have additional hitter on their roster again!

  6. Mr. Redlegs

    That would be a wrong assumption, Chicago.

    Should Castro have been extended TWO years? Of course not. But at the time the Reds had NO shortstop because they had traded Lopez, then they signed Gonzalez. Then, they had no insurance whatsoever in case of injury to any of their three infielders. No one ever dreamed of Keppinger doing what he’s done. Having a solid defensive guy made a lot of sense and Castro has long been one of the best defensive reserve infielders in the game.

    Additionally, he loved being a member of the Reds. He didn’t want to go to Minnesota in 2005 but he got a shot at playing everyday, which he wasn’t going to do for the Reds. When he came back in mid-2006, he was elated.

    Now, at his age and with the makeup of the roster, it’s time they part ways again. But the Reds could do far worse than finding him a coaching position in the system sometime in the near future. The bold image of him working with other infielders on fielding drills at spring training the past two years sticks out.

    The man may not be able to hit, but good Lord, he can flat out pick it with the best and he’s widely, widely respected in the clubhouse.

  7. Ron

    Woohoo! One less “punching judy” hitter on the bench. Not saying that Hairston Will be any better but ya have to think he cant be any worse.

  8. Tampa Red

    I still think something needs to be with Freel and Hopper. They are essentially the same player, although Freel can play infield and that does make him more valuable.

  9. Chris

    By my count, we’re now at three silly Krivsky Kontracts that have been DFA’ed (Cormier, Stanton, Castro). Credit to the guy for admitting when he’s whipped, but geez. Maybe he’ll figure out that it’s a bad idea to sign last-legs players to long-term extensions.

    Freel is probably next.

  10. preach

    Just out of curiosity, what was the result of our caption contest?

  11. Dave from Louisville

    Something still needs to be done with Hatteburg and Freel. We need Frank Thomas or Piazza coming off the bench.

    Next moves will be Hatteburg traded Ross back from DL. After that Freel traded and Gonzalez back from the DL.

  12. lefty

    To criticize Krivsky, you must also give him credit for the things he has accomplished. All in all, the talent on the team is much, much improved from the Bowden era. Part of that is O’Brien’s drafts; but a lot of it has to do with Krivsky. The pitching depth on this team makes me feel a lot more comfortable than in year’s past, even at 8-11.

    For every Corey Patterson, failed reward thus far, there is a Brandon Phillips. Better in my book to have a GM trying to make things happen with some success, than one sitting around and doing nothing.

  13. McWax

    Thomas doesn’t want to be a bench or even platoon player and he costs too much. I’m for trading Freel and eating whatever we have to of his salary to get a Maloney-level prospect. I’m not big on Freel but I still think he is an upgrade for a lot of teams, just doesn’t fit here.

  14. lefty

    When Gonzo returns, Keppinger will platoon with Votto at First. At that point my guess is that LLM and Hatte fight it out for LH pinch hit bat off the bench. Hatte probably has more trade worth, FWIW, in part due to moneyball.

  15. lefty

    The bottom line is that this team would be significantly improved with Jay Bruce in Center and batting lead-off everyday, a la Hamilton last year.

  16. Kerm

    This is off topic but MLBTradeRumors has a post up about Adam Dunn being in his walk year. They bring up the issue that Dunner’s production could really fall off ala Andruw Jones. Now as I am wearing my Adam Dunn jersey while typing this post I just can’t see him falling off like that. Didn’t mean to invade the post but I had to vent.

  17. McWax

    Mike Hessman might be a budget power bat from the right side. He plays 1B/3B and hit 3 homers against Louisville in his last game. OK, I admit it, I miss Rob Stratton!

  18. McWax

    Ignore what I said about Hessman…another case of a surprisingly weak lhp split.