The Reds sent struggling left fielder Jonny Gomes to Washington for two minor leaguers Tuesday, a move that opens an outfield spot for one of their best young hitters.
Yonder Alonso, a first-round pick in 2008, was called up from Triple-A to take Gomes’ spot, giving the defending NL Central champions another left-handed hitter who can play left field and back up Joey Votto at first base.
The Reds obtained minor league left-hander Chris Manno and outfielder Bill Rhinehart from Washington. Cincinnati included money in the deal to pay part of Gomes’ salary.
“For us, it’s a tough move to make in some ways because Jonny was a big part of our club last year, a guy that obviously we all think of highly as a person and a player,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “It gives us an opportunity to bring Alonso up and start looking at a couple of guys that could get an opportunity.”
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The 24-year-old Alonso was the seventh overall pick in the June 2008 draft. A career first baseman, he got stuck behind Votto and was moved to left field. He batted .296 with 24 doubles, 12 homers and 56 RBI in 91 games at Triple-A Louisville, playing 21 games at first and 62 in the outfield.
BAUTISTA OK AFTER BEING HIT IN HEAD
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista left the game against Baltimore after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Bautista, who leads the majors with 31 home runs, was struck on the earflap of his batting helmet with an 0-2 pitch in the third inning. His helmet was knocked off as he fell to the ground.
Toronto’s trainers and manager John Farrell rushed to Bautista, who remained prone for a moment before getting on his knees. After a couple of minutes, Farrell motioned to the dugout for pinch-runner John McDonald and Bautista walked off the field without assistance.
The Red Sox placed struggling right fielder J.D. Drew on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder and recalled infielder Drew Sutton from Triple-A Pawtucket. … The Yankees activated Eric Chavez from the 60-day DL and started him at third base against the Mariners on Tuesday. … Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero was activated off the 15-day DL by the Orioles after recovering from a broken bone in his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on July 10. Baltimore left-hander Mike Gonzalez began serving a three-game suspension for throwing behind Boston’s David Ortiz in a July 10 game at Fenway Park. … The Tigers outrighted the contract of third baseman Brandon Inge to Triple-A Toledo. … The Rockies placed five-time All-Star Jason Giambi on the 15-day DL, a day after he strained his left quad running to first base. … Matt Holliday was taken out of the Cardinals’ starting lineup because of a stomach virus. … Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was scratched from his scheduled start against Philadelphia because of the flu. … The Diamondbacks have reinstated former Mariners closer J.J. Putz from the 15-day DL. Putz missed 19 games with elbow tendinitis.