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06/10/08 8:06 PM ET
Cabrera, Herrera recalled from Triple-A
Hairston placed on disabled list; Majewski on bereavement list
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Neither infielder Jolbert Cabrera nor relief pitcher Danny Herrera were anticipating they would get a callup from Triple-A Louisville to the Reds. When the call came for both, their belongings were already en route to Pawtucket for Louisville's road trip that began on Tuesday. That meant no gloves, no bats, no baseball stuff were there for them in Cincinnati. "I'm just kind of winging it for the day," said Herrera, who planned to borrow a glove from fellow lefty Kent Mercker. He was recalled because reliever Gary Majewski was placed on the bereavement list so he could be with his wife for the delivery of their first baby. Cabrera was needed when shortstop Jerry Hairston fractured his left thumb while stealing a base in Monday's game vs. the Marlins. Hairston was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Rookie Paul Janish will likely take the majority of starts in Hairston's place until another injured shortstop, Jeff Keppinger, returns from the disabled list. Hairston's leadoff spot was filled by rookie center fielder Jay Bruce as Reds manager Dusty Baker improvised a lineup that lacks a natural leadoff hitter. When you add in Alex Gonzalez, the Reds have lost three shortstops this season. "Nobody will feel sorry for you. You have to find a way," Baker said. "It's more difficult, no doubt about that." There were no plans for Baker to move second baseman Brandon Phillips, who has was originally a shortstop when he came up from the Minors. "Everybody says that, and he could probably do it, but how many guys do you want out of position?" Baker said. "You want one or two or three? It's just not that easy to put a guy over there." Cabrera played mostly first base, third base and the outfield for Louisville this season, but no games at shortstop. A finalist for one of the final 25-man roster spots in Spring Training, he batted .288 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 57 games this season for Louisville. The 35-year-old Cabrera last played in the Majors in 2004 with the Mariners before he spent two seasons playing in Japan. "Everything pretty much carried over from Spring Training and translated into the regular season," Cabrera said. "I went down a little bit, but I've been hitting the ball pretty good lately." Herrera, a 5-foot-6 left-handed screwball artist, made his Major League debut on June 3 at Philadelphia and superbly worked out of a seventh-inning jam with runners on second and third with no outs. He was sent down two days later when the Reds needed to clear roster space for starting pitcher Homer Bailey. In 28 games combined with Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga, Herrera was 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA this season "[Louisville manager] Rick Sweet called me at 4:30 a.m. and told me Majewski's wife was going into labor," Herrera said. "It's still exciting to get back up here. When I got sent down, I thought I'd stay down until there was a move made. I'll take whatever days I can get up here."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.