4/29/2013 2:57 P.M. ET
Strained right hamstring lands Heisey on DL
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- The Reds placed left fielder Chris Heisey on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Donald Lutz from Double-A Pensacola.
Heisey was injured on Saturday vs. the Nationals running to first base as he grounded into a double play. He has struggled in replacing the injured Ryan Ludwick as the regular left fielder and is batting .173 with two home runs and five RBIs in 23 games.
Not quite a month into the 2013 season, Heisey is already the seventh player from the Reds' 25-man roster to be placed on the DL.
The left-handed-hitting Lutz, 24, batted .211 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games for Pensacola and had an impressive Spring Training as he batted .277 with two homers.
Last season, Lutz had 22 homers and 66 RBIs combined for Pensacola and Class A Bakersfield.
Lutz was born in the United States, but he grew up in Germany since he was a baby. He is a product of Major League Baseball's European Academy and was the first German player to be added to a big league 40-man roster after the 2011 season.