It’s been a weird couple of days for Reds’ left fielder Chris Heisey.
In last night’s game versus the Milwaukee Brewers, Heisey was brushed back on a fastball from the Brewers’ Kyle Lohse. The pitch came up near his head, and he had to go down to the ground to get out of the way. He responded by hammering a solo homer one pitch later. Heisey was also hit by an 0-2 pitch in the arm. Tonight, also against the Brewers, Heisey was again hit in his first AB of the game by Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta on the elbow by a 96 mph fastball. There was some visible swelling, but Heisey returned to left field to start the inning. However, he was removed before a pitch was thrown.
Hopefully for the Cincinnati Reds, this move was precautionary on the part of Dusty Baker. Heisey, who was only hitting .213/.255/.413 on the season, had just returned to the lineup on June 27th for the first time since the start of May, dealing with a hamstring issue. He had been swinging a hot bat since his return, with 4 doubles and 2 homers in just 19 at bats. Speedster Derrick Robinson took his place in left.