Frazier making most of opportunity this season

Frazier making most of opportunity this season

CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie infielder/outfielder Todd Frazier certainly hasn't squandered his opportunity. Frazier, who started in place of the struggling Scott Rolen at third base on Saturday, took a .364 average into the game vs. the Nationals.

Frazier was initially recalled from Triple-A Louisville on April 17 when Miguel Cairo went on the disabled list. When Cairo was activated, the club outrighted Willie Harris in order to keep Frazier.

"It's up to the player. I give guys opportunities, and hopefully he can continue swinging well," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's done better here than in Triple-A."

Frazier ranks second in the Majors with five hits as a pinch-hitter. Saturday marked his fifth start at third base, and he also started on Wednesday in left field.

"The opportunity presented itself to him, especially when some of the other guys struggled," Baker said. "We are right-handed dominant, which we would like to do something about in some point in time, especially off the bench."