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05/03/09 1:32 PM ET
Rosales wields hot bat in the Majors
Third baseman considered for second spot in the order
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- Reds third baseman Adam Rosales has shown so far that a promotion from Triple-A to the Majors hasn't been a wet blanket on his hot bat. Rosales remained in the lineup's seventh spot on Sunday, although there was a different lineup on manager Dusty Baker's desk before he wrote out the one that was posted. "Initially, I had him moved up today. But -- not yet," Baker said Sunday morning before the series finale with the Pirates. It's only been three games, but Rosales entered Sunday batting .556 (5-for-9) with three RBIs. He had three hits during Saturday's 8-6 loss to Pittsburgh and had at least one hit in all three of his games. In the second spot of the order, the Chris Dickerson-Jerry Hairston Jr. left-field platoon has batted a combined .187. Dickerson batted second in the lineup today. "We'll take it one step at a time first," Baker said. "To bat second, there are a lot of things you have to do. Rosie isn't a real taker yet. With Willy Taveras on in front of you, you have to do some taking. I like that speed at the top up there, especially in front of Joey Votto. [Rosales] is just learning the pitchers and stuff. Let him chill a little bit down there. Let him marinate." Rosales was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday after Edwin Encarnacion went on the 15-day disabled list with a small chip fracture in his left wrist. Encarnacion is expected to miss around three weeks. At Louisville, Rosales was batting .431 in 17 games and had an 11-game hitting streak. For now, Baker likes what the 25-year-old can bring to the seventh spot. "It's pretty important to have somebody hitting down there too, way important," Baker said. "It's important for turning the lineup over. It's important for driving in runs as much as anything. You're going to get a lot of two-out situations when you need a two-out knock down there. It's important to get the pitcher to the plate."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.