Notes: Gosling up, Stanton shelved
Bray has successful workout; Ross' bat heating up
CINCINNATI -- The Reds purchased the contract of left-hander Michael Gosling from Triple-A Louisville and placed left-handed reliever Mike Stanton on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.Gosling will fill the bullpen void left by Stanton, who strained his left hamstring on Saturday in the Reds' 8-4 victory over the Rangers at Great American Ball Park. Gosling has made 13 appearances for Louisville this season, all as a starter. He went 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 78 innings with 71 hits, 23 walks, 65 strikeouts and two home runs. He was 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his past three starts. Gosling has made 20 Major League appearances in his career, including one for the Reds on April 19, 2006. Manager Jerry Narron said that even though Gosling has served as a starter for Louisville, he expects him to transition well into a bullpen role. "[Gosling] has relieved before," Narron said. "I would imagine he would rather relieve here than start [there]." Bray has successful workout: Reliever Bill Bray, who has spent all 70 games of this season on the disabled list, threw 30 pitches in the Reds' bullpen on Sunday morning. Bray plans to work out again in the bullpen on Monday and possibly Tuesday in preparation for a potential rehab assignment in the Minors in the coming weeks. He said that the focus of the session was more on mechanics than on locating his pitches. Phillips plunked, Gonzalez plays: Shortstop Alex Gonzalez was originally held out of Sunday's lineup in hopes that his sore right hamstring might improve. He missed three starts from June 5-7 after straining the hamstring, and has been bothered by the injury ever since. But after second baseman Brandon Phillips exited the game after the third inning (he'd been hit on the hand by a pitch in the first), Juan Castro moved from shortstop to second, and Gonzalez came in to man shortstop.
X-rays taken on Phillips' hand were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.
Ross adding dimensions: Catcher David Ross, who leads all Major League catchers in caught-stealing percentage (48 percent, 15-of-29), has also began to find success with his bat.Entering Sunday, Ross had connected for three home runs in the series' first two games. He drove in four of the Reds' eight runs on Saturday night.
Ross' hot bat against Texas ended what had been a dismal stretch at the plate. Before Saturday's contest, he had two hits in his previous 25 at-bats."He's been swinging the bat better," Narron said. "The other night [on Wednesday against the Angels], I don't think he got a hit, but he hit the ball hard three times." Even if Ross has found some spark at the plate as of late, his biggest contribution to the team remains his defensive play. His work at backstop has been so strong, in fact, that Narron suspects it will not be long before more teams and fans start to notice. "I don't know if Ross has the reputation that Pudge Rodriguez has, but if he continues to do what he's doing [throwing out would-be stealers], it will definitely change the way people approach us." Griffey gets another trophy: In ceremonies before the Reds-Rangers game on Sunday, Ken Griffey Jr. was honored as Pepsi's Major League Baseball Clutch Player of the Month for May. Griffey led Cincinnati with 10 home runs last month, second in the National League. He also batted .306, with 22 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Up next: The Reds head for the West Coast to begin a three-game series against the Oakland A's before heading to Seattle and Philadelphia. The trip will be the fourth of Cincinnati's six road trips of at least 10 days this season. On Monday, right-hander Kyle Lohse (3-8, 4.30 ERA) will face off against right-hander Joe Blanton (6-4, 3.62 ERA). First pitch is slated for 10:05 p.m. ET.
Patrick Allegri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.