Tuesday, June 05, 2001

Reds Notebook

Reds bypass Dunn, recall Clark

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ST. LOUIS — The Reds recalled Brady Clark to take the roster spot of pitcher Brian Reith, who was optioned to Louisville.

        This is Clark's second stint with the Reds. He was 0-for-2 with a walk in three pinch-hit appearances from May 1-3.

        Clark hit .289 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 28 games since returning to Triple-A Louisville.

        Clark could get playing time, given the state of the Reds' offense.

        “We're looking for someone lukewarm,” manager Bob Boone said, “not even hot.”

        Clark grounded into a double play in his only at-bat Monday.

        Boone admitted there was a temptation to bring up super prospect Adam Dunn instead of Clark.

        “With the way we're going, I wouldn't mind giving him some whacks,” Boone said.

        That led to a skiing analogy. Dunn hit .343 with 10 homers and 31 RBI at Double-A and is hitting .303 with seven homers and 19 RBI at Triple-A. In Boone's words, Dunn's mastered the beginner and intermediate hills, but that doesn't make him ready for the big one.

        “When you're learning to ski, there's some point in time when you get on a slope that's too fast for you and you lean and fall,” Boone said. “Then when you go back to the e intermediate slope, you forget what you learned.”

        That said, Boone thinks Dunn, who is only 21, could handle the major leagues.

        “With his make-up, I don't think that would be a problem,” Boone said.

        POKE FOR POKEY: Pokey Reese hopes Sunday's three-run homer is a sign he's coming out of his hitting tailspin.

        The homer broke a season-worst 0-for-14 skid. Reese has started six straight games since missing six starts with a sore digital nerve in his right thumb.

        “I'm not going to use it as an excuse,” he said. “But it affects me. But hopefully, I'm coming out of it.”

        Reese was 0-for-3 Monday.

        NICHTING V. DREW: When Chris Nichting faced J.D. Drew on Saturday, he struck him out on three straight fastballs in the mid-90 mph range. Sunday, he got Drew on a 74 mph curve on a 3-2 count.

        “Sometimes if you mix it up against good hitters,” Nichting said, “you can keep them off balance.”

        Nichting has worked 3 1/3 innings. He's allowed two hits and struck out four.

        SIGNING: The Reds signed left-handed pitcher Chris Peters to a minor-league contract. Peters, a native of Fort Thomas, Ky., was outrighted by the Montreal Expos after going 2-4 with a 7.55 ERA in 13 games this season.


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