Sunday, July 27, 2003

Reds notebook: Larson shipped back to Louisville

Olmedo gets the call to bolster middle infield

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer


Photos of Saturday's game
NEW YORK - Brandon Larson had his best night of the year as a Red on Friday. On Saturday, he was shipped back to Triple-A Louisville.

Ray Olmedo was recalled from Triple-A to take his roster spot.

Larson, who went 2-for-4 Friday, was a victim of the numbers game.

Barry Larkin is nursing a sore right hamstring. That left the Reds with no backup middle infielders Saturday.

"We got a real scare with (D'Angelo) Jimenez," Reds manager Bob Boone said.

Jimenez was hit in the neck area by a pitch to start the game. He was able to continue, but had he left the game, the Reds would have had to put Aaron Boone or Larson at second or shortstop.

Olmedo played well in his time with the Reds. He was hitting .289 when he was sent down.

Larkin was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a hamstring problem.

"It's sore, tight," he said.

The injury was originally thought to be a cramp. It's now considered a strain.

"I know from watching Barry the last three years that he's best when he has his legs," Boone said.

"I'm not going to put him out there until he feels good."

Larkin pinch-hit Thursday and Friday.

PAPPA WILLIE: Scott Williamson's wife, Lisa, had the couple's first child Friday. Williamson stayed back from the trip to New York to be there for the birth of Scott Reece Williamson.

Williamson arrived at Shea Stadium in the fourth inning of Saturday's game. He was a bit tired.

"She was in labor for 21 hours," Williamson said.

Lisa had some complications, but was fine by Saturday.

"She told me to go to the game, so she could get some sleep," Williamson said.

TRADE WINDS: The trading deadline is Thursday and so far the Reds have been quiet.

They haven't made a trade since acquiring D'Angelo Jimenez from the Chicago White Sox on July 5 for minor leaguer pitcher Scott Dunn.

"I know (general manager) Jim (Bowden) has worked hard at it," Boone said. "There's been a lot of proposals, a lot of conversations. But it takes two to tango."

One rumor floating around: The Seattle Mariners are interested in Jose Guillen. The Mariners are in need of another bat while trying to hold off Oakland in the AL West.

The Mariners have an abundance of pitching prospects, which is exactly what the Reds are seeking.

A lot of teams have filled their needs. The Chicago Cubs picked up a third baseman and an outfielder.

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees both got bullpen help. The Los Angeles Dodgers added a couple of bats.

WHITE UPDATE: Gabe White will start for Triple-A Louisville against Charlotte today.

The outing may be the final exam for White's injured hamstring. White will pitch one inning or so.

"He's close," Reds manager Bob Boone said.

UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up the three-game series at 1:10 p.m. today with Paul Wilson (5-8, 5.31 ERA) facing right-hander Steve Trachsel (9-6, 4.55).

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