CINCINNATI -- Following a three-game Minor League rehab assignment, the Reds activated center fielder Drew Stubbs on Monday. Stubbs, who hadn't played since June 5 because of a strained left oblique muscle, batted second in the opener against the Brewers.
Stubbs made his presence felt in Cincinnati's 3-1 win, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and a steal.
"I'm glad to have him back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The guys that played in his place did a great job, too, while they were playing. Hopefully, he can come back and not miss a beat and actually be better. He has fresh legs, he said his legs were feeling great. Hopefully, he can give us a spark and a jolt, too. He's our No. 1 speed man. That's the one thing that without him in the lineup you're lacking: speed. I love speed. There's no substitution for it."
In three games with Class A Dayton, Stubbs was 1-for-10 with one RBI, one walk and two strikeouts. Results were not the main focus of the rehab assignment, though, as Stubbs was pleased that he could swing with full intensity and not have problems.
"More than anything else, I just tried to use it as a time to get back out on the field, see some live pitching and try to test how I'd feel in a game situation, rather than just BP or something," Stubbs said. "The main thing I took from it is I felt pretty good for the most part. I didn't feel like I really missed a beat, timing-wise and being comfortable on the field."
After consulting with others who had a similar injury, Stubbs realized he might feel stiffness in the oblique area from time to time the rest of the season.
"Being 100 percent at any point of the season is kind of few and far between," Stubbs said. "There's usually always something going on. I wouldn't say it's quite at 100 percent, but it's definitely pain-free."