08/07/11 8:01 PM ET
Sappelt makes immediate impact in debut
By Samuel Zuba / MLB.com
The 5-foot 9-inch, 24-year-old -- who led off and played left field in his first game in the Majors, an 8-7 win over the Cubs -- was all smiles when he got the call to join the Reds in Chicago.
"I just couldn't stop smiling," Sappelt said. "I was ordering food, a hamburger and fries, when I found out. I think I ate about two fries. It's a moment I'll always remember."
In his debut, Sappelt went 1-for-5 with a run. His first big league hit came on a single to lead off the fifth inning.
With the Reds up by a run and runners on first and second in the Cubs' half of the second, Sappelt made a diving catch to rob Geovany Soto and preserve the Reds' lead.
"Sappelt made some outstanding defensive plays," manager Dusty Baker said. "Defense is big, you know I'm big on defense, and he saved some runs today."
Sappelt got his callup from Triple-A Louisville after the Reds placed Chris Heisey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. He then hopped on the first plane out of Scranton, Pa., where the Bats were in the middle of a five-game series against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate.
Selected in the ninth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Sappelt has appeared in 74 games in Triple-A Louisville this season. He's hitting .313 with 16 doubles, seven homers and 29 RBIs.
Sappelt impressed the Reds in Spring Training when he hit .564 (22-for-39) with five doubles, three home runs and five RBIs, but the team elected to send him back to Triple-A.
"I thought at some point I would [get my chance]," Sappelt said. "You never know what can happen. I felt like I had to be somewhere in line. I just did my part in Louisville."
Phillips day to day as he nurses sprained ankle
CHICAGO -- After colliding with center fielder Drew Stubbs in the fifth inning of Saturday's 11-4 loss, Brandon Phillips did not appear for the Reds on Sunday in an 8-7 win.
Phillips and Stubbs were both tracking down a shallow popup when the two hit each other, leaving Phillips with a sprained right ankle.
After the game, Phillips said he felt OK, and the Reds' medical staff said it was not too serious, but manager Dusty Baker chose to sit Phillips for the finale of this three-game series.
"He's sore today, as expected," Baker said. "I don't know how much activity he's going to have."
Coupled with Phillips' injury is a trip to the disabled list for Chris Heisey with a strained left oblique. The Reds now have five players on the DL.
"We're kind of walking wounded right now," Baker said. "We just gotta do what we got to do with who we have to do it with."
Left fielder Yonder Alonso was held out of Sunday's lineup with a sore right ankle.
Rookie Dave Sappelt, who made his debut for the Reds on Sunday, was the fourth Reds player to make his Major League debut this season.
Infielder Miguel Cairo finished the weekend with 999 career hits.
Shortstop Edgar Renteria turned 36-years-old on Sunday and homered to mark the occasion.
Sunday's game marked Dusty Baker's 600th games as Reds manager.
Since he was acquired by the Reds from Boston prior to the 2006 season, Bronson Arroyo, who started Sunday, leads the National League in games started with 191.
Samuel Zuba is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.