Reds’ Gomes dealt for Nats’ prospects

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.”

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.


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.