Notes: Wise brings no baggage

Notes: Wise brings no baggage

HOUSTON -- Dewayne Wise wasn't necessarily comfortable when he arrived at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.

He was a man without his equipment. But Wise was still glad to be there.

Wise was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday to take the roster spot vacated when Ryan Freel was placed on the disabled list. Wise took a flight in from Charlotte, N.C., but his baggage didn't.

"My flight got in here at 2 [p.m. CT], and I waited and waited for my bags," Wise said. "At first, I thought I was at the wrong baggage claim area. But then I checked with someone, and they said the plane had had weight issues because of bad weather and they had to put off some of the bags.

"They told me to come back at 4:15 or 4:30, and I did, but they still weren't here."

Wise finally came to Minute Maid Park about an hour before game time, but had nothing but the clothes on his back.

"I didn't even have any undershorts to wear," he said. "I borrowed shoes and a glove from [Ken] Griffey [Jr]."

Wise got into the game as a defensive substitute, playing center field in the ninth inning. No hits came his way and he was glad.

"I was hoping they didn't hit a ball to me," Wise said. "Griffey's glove felt totally different than mine. He played catch with me a little, and it felt weird."

Wednesday morning the airline delivered Wise's baggage to the team hotel.

"They called me, and I went downstairs hoping everything was there," Wise said, smiling. "It was."

He's gone: Manager Jerry Narron was ejected from the game by home-plate umpire Bill Welke in the first inning Wednesday night.

It was the second time this season Narron has been ejected. The first came at Cleveland on May 20.

Getting closer: Outfielder Josh Hamilton, on a rehab assignment with Louisville, is expected to rejoin the Reds when they travel to St. Louis on Tuesday.

Hamilton hit a home run on the first Triple-A pitch he saw against Charlotte on Tuesday. On the 15-day disabled list because of gastroenteritis, Hamilton is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. But since the Reds have an off-day Monday, it was decided he should just meet the team in St. Louis.

Leading off: Norris Hopper might get to see a lot of leading off while Freel is on the DL. Hopper batted in that spot for the second time Tuesday and went 3-for-4.

"I've always led off in my career," Hopper said. "I love leadoff. I like it that you can get things started for the team. I think if your teammates see you get a hit, it gets them going."

As a pinch-hitter and backup outfielder most of the season, Hopper had no stolen bases before Wednesday. But he stole 28 and 25 in the Minors, respectively, the previous two seasons and has the speed the Reds like in that position.

"I like to create havoc on the bases," Hopper said. "I like to keep the defenses honest."

Narron likes what he sees so far.

"Hopps is doing a good job for us," Narron said. "He puts the ball in play."

Freel's plans: Freel did not see head and spine specialist Dr. John Brannon as originally planned on Wednesday. But team officials say the appointment was rescheduled for Thursday.

Freel suffered contusions to his head and neck in a collision in the outfield with Hopper on Monday.

Home sweet home: The newness has worn off, but outfielder Adam Dunn still enjoys coming home to Houston to play the Astros. Dunn, who lives in nearby Montgomery, Texas, makes the hour drive home after every game here.

"I love it," Dunn said. "I get to sleep in my own bed."

Dunn, who played at New Caney High School, also has a following in Minute Maid Park, although it isn't as strong as it was his rookie season of 2001.

"I've had to get 15 to 20 tickets for these games," Dunn said. "It's kind of calmed down and is not as bad as it used to be. I used to have to get tickets in the 40s."

Sitting down: Second baseman Brandon Phillips was given a day off Wednesday. The reason?

"He's played in every game but one this season," Narron said.

That day, Freel started at second. Juan Castro made his first start of the season at second base on Wednesday. Castro also started once at second last year.

Still undecided: The starting pitcher for Friday's game in Colorado still hasn't been announced, although it likely will be Bobby Livingston, unless he is needed in relief before then.

"There's a good chance of that," Narron said. "But if not, [Victor] Santos should be ready to go."

Coming up: Bronson Arroyo (2-5, 4.01 ERA) takes the mound for the finale of the three-game series at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday. He'll face the Astros right-hander Woody Williams (1-7, 5.65).

Jim Carley is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.