Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Reds Notebook

Sardinha may get call-up if Stinnett goes on DL

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ATLANTA - Kelly Stinnett, who's bothered by an inflamed right elbow, will play only in emergency situations until the Reds learn more about his injury, manager Bob Boone said Tuesday.

        Dr. Tim Kremchek might examine him as early as today.

        “It has been bothering my throwing most of the year,” Stinnett said. “But not to the extent of the last few days, where I could feel it while I was hitting, too.”

        Boone said that Single-A Mudville catcher Dane Sardinha “probably” would be Stinnett's replacement if he has to go on the disabled list. Sardinha was drafted in the second round only last year and was hitting just .225 at Mudville through Monday. But since he's on the 40-man roster, calling him up would enable the Reds to avoid making other moves.

        Strong sentiment exists within the organization to call up Corky Miller, who hit .371 in his first 12 games at Louisville after batting .276 at Chattanooga. “(Louisville manager Dave) Miley says he really has been shutting down the running game,” Boone said.

        HARNISCH IMPROVES: Pete Harnisch was upbeat after throwing 60 pitches off a bullpen mound Tuesday, two days after suffering what Gullett called a “setback” in the right-hander's recovery from elbow problems.

        The next step for Harnisch and reliever John Riedling, who are on the 60-day disabled list, will be another throwing session Friday at Cinergy Field.

        Unlike Sunday, Harnisch felt no discomfort and was able to increase the velocity of his pitches as his workout progressed.

        “In the middle I probably threw five or so where I really tried to put 80 to 90 percent into it, and those felt pretty good,” Harnisch said.

        Boone, who got a first-hand look at Harnisch by catching about 20 of his pitches, was particularly encouraged by the Opening Day starter's accuracy. “If something's biting in there, you don't throw it that well,” Boone said. “As discouraging as it was (Sunday), this was on the other end of it.”

        ETC.: Outfielder Robin Jennings, acquired with Todd Walker from Colorado in last Thursday's Alex Ochoa trade, was outrighted to Louisville.
       UP NEXT: Jose Acevedo (2-2) opposes Braves right-hander Kevin Millwood, a subject of previous Reds trade talks, in today's series finale.


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