Who will come up from the minors after the Jay Bruce injury?

The Cincinnati Reds reported Sunday night that Jay Bruce is going to require surgery for his knee and will miss 3-4 weeks. That stinks on its own, but the team is in about as poor of a situation as possible right now to fill the spot left on the 25-man roster. The Reds have four players on the 40-man roster that are outfielders who are also in the minor leagues.

Ryan LaMarre is in Triple-A and is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury. Yorman Rodriguez is in Double-A and on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Donald Lutz is in Double-A and has played one game, that he left early, in the last ten days as he has battled a hamstring injury. Juan Duran is in Double-A and healthy, but has three walks and 30 strikeouts to go along with a .213 average. So if the Reds are picking from players on the 40-man roster that are outfielders, the pickings are slim and may be down to just Juan Duran if Lutz isn’t healthy enough. If that is the case, I still can’t see them calling up Duran at this point. If Lutz is healthy, he would be the choice, but given that he has played part of one game in ten days, who knows exactly how healthy he is.

The Reds did just get Skip Schumaker back, so perhaps they will just use him and Heisey as the starter/4th outfielder depending on who is starting on a given day. That would probably mean the team would call up an extra infielder then. The issue there is that there is no infielder on the 40-man roster who isn’t already on the 25-man roster.

Basically, this all seems to rest on the hamstring of Donald Lutz. Otherwise, the Reds will have to add a player to the 40-man to call them up. Whether that is an outfielder or an infielder is still up in the air. In Louisville Ruben Gotay is off to a quick start offensively and as played second and third this season. Maybe Rey Navarro can fill in around the infield and come up from Double-A.  No matter the move, unless it is Lutz, it will be interesting to see how the Reds make it happen.

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