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07/12/09 1:01 PM ET
Reds recall Rosales with Bruce on DL
Infielder provides depth around diamond for first-half finale
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Infielder Adam Rosales had never been to New York City before Sunday morning. And all he's going to see of it is LaGuardia Airport and Citi Field. Rosales was recalled by the Reds from Triple-A Louisville after right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Bruce fractured his right wrist trying to make a sliding catch in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Mets. "They called me last night at 11 p.m.," Rosales said Sunday. "I got all packing done and took a 7:15 a.m. flight from Louisville. It's been a long day already for me. I'm catching a flight after the game to go to Salt Lake City to see the family. "I didn't get the full experience. I saw the Statue of Liberty from the window of the plane, Manhattan and the Empire State Building." There's no telling how long this callup will last for Rosales. For now, he's a healthy body to get the Reds through Sunday's first-half finale against the Mets before the All-Star break. In his favor, though, is that the Reds are carrying 13 pitchers, and they will need to add another position player after the break. This is Rosales' second big league stint of the season. Before he was sent back to Louisville on June 26, he was batting .197 in 42 games after he got off to a hot start. With Louisville in 30 games, he batted .349 with five homers and 20 RBIs. "He's been playing well down there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He made some adjustments. His confidence is probably better than when he left." Rosales, who can play all four infield positions, confirmed that observation. "I felt more confident and got the confidence up," he said. "I slowed the game down. I saw pitches better. They make more mistakes at Triple-A, of course. I just calmed down a little bit. I felt really good on defense. I got to play shortstop a lot down there. It was a game or two at third base, a game or two at second and the rest were shortstop."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.