Reds promote outfielder Cruz

Updated: April 28, 2004, 1:45 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Reds placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and promoted outfielder Jacob Cruz to take his roster spot.

Austin Kearns
Right Field
Cincinnati Reds
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
17 2 5 7 1 .137

Kearns broke his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch Monday night in Pittsburgh. He'll be examined again Monday, giving the Reds a better idea of how many weeks he'll be sidelined.

Cruz signed a minor league contract as a free agent last November. He hit .315 for Triple-A Louisville in 17 games this season.

Cruz, who bats and throws left-handed, also has played for San Francisco, Cleveland, Colorado and Detroit. His career batting average is .248.

It's the second year in a row that Kearns has been hurt early in the season.

He played in only 82 games last year because of a shoulder injury. He hurt his right shoulder while sliding into home May 21 and later had surgery to fix significant damage.

He wasn't fully recovered when spring training opened but got better as it went along. He was in a 2-for-23 slump that dropped his average to .137 when he was hit.


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