Reds put CF Stubbs on DL, bring up INF-OF Harris

The Cincinnati Reds placed center fielder Drew Stubbs on the

15-day disabled list Friday with a strained muscle on his left side

and called up utilityman Willie Harris from Triple-A

Louisville.

The team announced the moves before the opener of a three-game

series against the New York Mets. Chris Heisey, who had been

subbing for Stubbs in center, was out of the starting lineup after

leaving Thursday’s game against Cleveland with a mild groin

strain.

”He didn’t pull it. It’s just tight,” manager Dusty Baker

said. ”Those big old strong legs he has, tight means real

tight.”

Wilson Valdez made his first major league start in center for

Cincinnati.

Stubbs went on the DL retroactive to June 6 and Baker said he

hopes the outfielder will be healthy enough to come off when the

team returns home next Friday against Minnesota.

To make room for Harris on the 40-man roster, the Reds

transferred right-hander Nick Masset from the 15-day disabled list

to the 60-day DL. Masset has been out since April 4 with a sprained

right shoulder.

Harris made Cincinnati’s opening-day roster and played in 19

games before he was outrighted to Louisville on May 7, when

infielder Miguel Cairo came off the disabled list.

In another injury update, third baseman Scott Rolen was set to

begin a rehab stint Friday at Louisville that was expected to last

two games. He has been on the DL since May 12 with a sore left

shoulder but could rejoin the Reds in Cleveland on Monday.