CLEVELAND -- Reds rookie Todd Frazier started 28 of the previous 34 games at third base while Scott Rolen was on the disabled list. Frazier performed well and delivered several clutch hits to pick up the slack.
With Rolen being activated on Monday, Reds manager Dusty Baker has to find other places for Frazier to play. In the series opener vs. the Indians at Progressive Field, it was as the designated hitter.
"He's DH-ing today because he and [Chris] Heisey both have probably been our most productive pinch-hitters, which is what DH-ing really is," Baker said. "You're pinch-hitting four times a game."
Frazier, who entered the night batting .278 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs, can play all around the infield and both corner outfield spots. It'd be a good bet that he gets time in left field.
"Let us worry about the first three days first," Baker said. "Everybody wants to know the plans for next week and after that and the month after that. You can never have enough good players. If we didn't have Frazier to take Scotty's spot at that time, where would we be? He did a great job for us."