Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/8/12

The Cincinnati Reds are now without a left-handed bat off the bench.

The club activated Miguel Cairo from the disabled list before Monday's game. To clear a roster spot, Cincinnati outrighted Willie Harris to Class AAA Louisville.

Harris was the only left-handed hitter on the bench, but he's struggled so badly that the Reds kept Todd Frazier at Harris' expense.

Frazier took Cairo's spot when Cairo went on the disabled list April 17 due to a strained left hamstring.

Frazier is 7-for-18 (.389) with a home run, two doubles and two triples since the promotion. Harris was 3-for-35 (.086) with two doubles and one RBI when he got sent out.

It was a matter of production.

"That's what it boiled down to," manager Dusty Baker said. "We hoped Willie would have done better in his limited action. Cairo was coming off the DL. The organization had to make a move with somebody. We hope (Harris) accepts the assignment. We're probably going to need him somewhere down the line.

"We hope he goes down and gets his stroke together and comes back and helps us."

Cairo went 0-for-10 during a three-game rehab assignment with low Class A Dayton. He doubled and drove in a run in his first at-bat back Monday in the Reds' 6-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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