On May 23, Frazier was called up by the Reds and debuted against the Phillies as a pinch-hitter at Citizens Bank Park. His bat sailed into the seats on his first swing and he eventually struck out. The Toms River, N.J., native had nearly 70 friends and family in attendance, but the thrill was short-lived. Frazier was sent down the following day.
"I was in Philly for a day, what are you going to do?" Frazier said on Saturday. "Now I'm here, playing and at third base. I couldn't ask for anything more."
The Reds made a late decision on Friday to place Rolen on the DL with a left shoulder strain and summoned Frazier, who did not arrive at Great American Ball Park until the fourth inning.
"I was just getting changed and was ready at 6:15, putting my socks on," Frazier said. "[Louisville manager] Rick Sweet tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'You have to be up there in an hour and a half. Pack your stuff and get going.' I thought he was joking at first, but he never jokes about that."
Miguel Cairo started at third base for Rolen on Friday, and manager Dusty Baker plans to use the veteran infielder there on Sunday. Baker liked the low-ball hitter matchup for Frazier against Braves sinkerballer Derek Lowe on Saturday. Going forward, Baker will mix and match at third base between Cairo and Frazier.
"I can't wear Miguel out, but I need some production out of Frazier, too," Baker said. "This is no tryout camp. We're trying to win games. Frazier has played more outfield than he has third base. Recently, we told him to play third -- because of Scotty's situation -- which he had in the past."
A shortstop when he was drafted as a supplemental first round pick in 2007 out of Rutgers University, Frazier can play third base, second base, first base and left field. He was batting .260 with a team-leading 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 90 games at Louisville this season.
"Third base is probably the most comfortable," Frazier said.