Kris Negron has done everything the Cincinnati Reds have asked of him since being called up on July 10 after All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips went on the disabled list.
And done it well.
With Phillips reactivated earlier this week, the Vanden High graduate is now being asked to mostly come off the bench.
The good news is Negron played well enough – batting .284 at the time Phillips returned while seeing time at three infield positions – to stick with the Reds while someone else was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville.
“Kris gives us another quality bench bat,” Reds manager Bryan Price told MLB.com. “I think he’s going to do a nice job when he gets starts. He can pinch-run, steal a base, get a bunt down, hit and run. He can do a lot of good things for us.”
Negron, who went 4 for 4 against Colorado on Aug. 15 to jump his average from .246 to .292, is 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI since coming off the bench and wants to help any way he can.
“Between here are Triple-A, I’ve been ready to play any position at any time,” he told MLB.com. “I adapted to it a lot in spring training when I came off the bench a lot in the late innings to play defense and get an at-bat. It doesn’t bother me.”
Andrew Aplin (Vanden) struggled in Oklahoma City’s trip to Sacramento, going 2 for 14, but the Astros’ Triple-A team took three of four from the River Cats after winning three of four from Fresno.
Since peaking at .348 on Aug. 13, Aplin was 4 for 27 (.148) to see his average drop to .274.
After sitting for more than a month, Geno Escalante (Rodriguez) returned to action on Aug. 15 for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the San Francisco Giants’ Class A team in the Northwest League, going 1 for 4 against Eugene.
Jonathan Jones (Vanden) remains on the Temporary Inactive List with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Double-A Eastern League, while Ryan Lipkin (Vanden) is on the 7-day Disabled List with the Stockton Ports of the Class A California League.
Following an outing in which he gave up 10 earned runs in 2 2-3 innings, Drew Carpenter (Vacaville) threw two scoreless frames in relief from the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League.
Nick Baligod (Fairfield) had a pair of two-hit games with two home runs and four RBIs for the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A Florida State League. But he was 0 for 13 in his other five games to bat .190 for the week, dropping his season average to .248.
Jordan Brown (Vacaville) went 1 for 4 with an RBI in his 999th career minor league game for the Piratas de Campeche of the Triple-A Mexican League on Thursday. For the week, the .302 career hitter was 4 for 19 (.210) dropping his average to .318 with the Piratas.
Dustin Crenshaw (Solano) had his roughest outing for the Gary South Shore RailCats of the independent American Association, giving up nine hits and seven runs over seven innings in a 9-6 loss to St. Paul. He fell to 7-8 on the season and saw his earned run average rise to 3.37.
In that same game, Ethan Gibbons (Armijo, Solano) surrendered the other two runs to St. Paul, but earlier had two scoreless outings to keep his ERA below 3.00 at 2.97.
A.J. Quintero (Vacaville) pitched a scoreless innings against St.. Paul, but gave up a run and two hits in two innings against Kansas City two days earlier.
Kagen Hopkins (Vacaville, Solano) made his fourth start of the season, getting a no-decision in a 6-5 win over Kansas City. The right-hander gave up eight hits and four runs over six innings, striking out five and walking two.
In a 4-3 win over Washington, Chris Elder (Armijo, Solano) scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning, capping a two-run rally. He was 2 for 6 with a double in the game and batted 4 for 20 for the week.
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