Reds put Hamilton on DL, call up Encarnacion
The 24-year-old Encarnacion took over third base last season, but struggled this year, batting only .218 with one home run while committing six errors. Optioned to Louisville, he hit .413 with three home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs in 11 games.
Hamilton got sick after the opening game of a series in Cleveland last Friday. He went to a hospital there and was diagnosed with an inflamed digestive tract.
He was in uniform for Monday night's game with Washington, but felt weak and was unsuccessful in lobbying manager Jerry Narron to play on his 26th birthday. He was placed on the disabled list with gastroenteritis retroactive to Saturday.
Hamilton wasn't at the ballpark on Tuesday. He was scheduled to see a specialist about his digestive tract problems on Wednesday.
"With all of the pain he had last weekend, we thought it would be best to be examined, see what the doctor says and go from there," Narron said. "We'll give him a little bit of a break here."
Hamilton, who made the Reds as a rookie after missing three years of baseball because of crack cocaine and alcohol dependence, is batting .261 with eight homers and 18 RBIs in 37 games.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press