By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer
ST. LOUIS - When Darren Bragg signed with the Reds, he looked at it as an opportunity to get back to the big leagues.
Bragg was thinking his role would be as a bench player. But the way things have worked out, he's been playing nearly every day.
Bragg, making his fourth start in right field, went into Monday's game against the Cardinals 3-for-12 with the Reds with a home run.
"They've been giving me a chance," Bragg said. "That's what you want. It's a lot easier when you play every day."
Bragg took the roster spot of Ken Griffey Jr. when Griffey went on the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
Bragg is a better defensive option in right field than Jacob Cruz or John Vander Wal.
"Not to throw the other guys under the bus," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "But (Bragg) moves better out there."
The other option in right - Ryan Freel - is nursing a sore knee. Monday, Freel started at third base.
"It keeps Freel from having to run around in the outfield," Miley said.
Bragg started the year with the New York Yankees organization. He played 70 games with Triple-A Columbus before he was released July 2. The San Diego Padres signed him two days later. He played nine games with the Padres. He refused outright assignment to Triple-A Portland and elected free agency on July 20. The Reds signed him nine days later.
He played 13 games at Louisville before he got the call-up.
"I was ready to go," he said. "Anyone will tell you playing every day is what you play for. It's been nice."
GRIFFEY SURGERY: Ken Griffey Jr. underwent a two-hour procedure Monday to re-attach his torn right hamstring. Griffey will begin a four-month rehab program Thursday. He is expected to be ready for spring training. Medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek attached the tendon to the bone with three screws and cleaned up scar tissue around the injury.
MATTHEWS UPDATE: Left-hander Mike Matthews threw 25 pitches to a batter Monday.
"It went great," Matthews said. "Everything felt good."
Matthews, who had surgery on his elbow July 6, will do the same thing Friday in Arizona.
If all goes well, he'll begin a rehab assignment next week with Louisville.
Matthews was 2-1 with an 8.84 ERA before the surgery.
MOSS SIGNED: The Reds signed left-hander Damian Moss to a minor league contract and assigned him to Louisville.
Moss, 27, was once considered a top prospect. He was 12-6 with 3.42 ERA for Atlanta in 2002.
He was released on Aug. 14 by the Tampa Bay Devils Rays.
Moss began the year with the Rays. He was 0-1 with a 16.88 ERA. in five games. He was playing for Triple-A Durham at the time of his release. He was 5-9 with 5.87 ERA with the Bulls.
ARIZONA BOUND: The Reds have selected their participants in the Arizona Fall League.
They are: right-handers Dustin Moseley, Todd Coffey, Daylan Childress, infielder Kevin Howard, first baseman Jesse Gutierrez and catcher Brian Peterson.
KEARNS UPDATE: Austin Kearns was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in his return to his Louisville rehab.
FARM REPORT: Bobby Mosby hit his 14th home run for Billings in the Mustangs' 7-3 win over Missoula Sunday night.
Mosby, 21, was the 25th-round pick in the 2002 draft. He is hitting .280 with the 14 homers, good for the lead in the Pioneer League, with 44 RBI in 52 games.
(Not including Monday's game)
|Vander Wal ||.162||.184||37||2||6||2||0||2||4||1||14||0||0||0|
|Team Totals ||.255||.336||3989||556||1019||206||17||148||529||435||921||46||19||80|
|Van Poppel ||3||5||5.92||30||10||0||92.2||106||61||61||16||18||60|
|Team Totals ||56||61||5.33||117||117||37||1040.2||1169||666||616||167||388||697|
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