The Cincinnati Reds have officially sent outfielder Chris Heisey to the DL, a move that had been expected since he strained his hamstring on Saturday night against the Washington Nationals.
The Reds tweeted the move on Monday afternoon, also announcing the promotion of Donald Lutz:
Reds disable OF Chris Heisey (strained right hamstring). Promote from Pensacola OF Donald Lutz (#23). Lutz will make ML debut when he plays.
— Reds (@Reds) April 29, 2013
Heisey had already gained extra playing time because of the absence of Ryan Ludwick, on the DL himself with a dislocated shoulder, sustained on Opening Day. Ludwick was expected to miss three months. The Reds have not given an indication of how much time Heisey will miss. Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman suggests that Xavier Paul, who has an underwhelming .676 OPS in the majors, is likely to play left field while Heisey is out.
Lutz and Derrick Robinson are the other outfielders that will be available to the Reds off the bench. Lutz does have some pop, with a .431 slugging percentage and 10 home runs over 250 plate appearances in Double-A, but he has struck out 3 times as much as he has walked over his minor league career. Marc Hulet of Fangraphs wrote before the season that Lutz has the potential to become "a valuable platoon outfielder or strong bat off the bench", ranking him as just the 15th best prospect in the Reds system.
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