CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Paul thriving early with Reds in pinch-hitting role

Paul thriving early with Reds in pinch-hitting role

Paul thriving early with Reds in pinch-hitting role
DENVER -- Xavier Paul has been with the Reds since July 18, but his hit total (five) is almost equal to the combined total of the left-handed hitters off the bench that preceded his arrival. Willie Harris and Mike Constanzo were 6-for-65 for the Reds earlier this season.

Paul, who entered Saturday batting .500 in 10 at-bats, has two hits as a pinch-hitter, including a ninth-inning single Friday.

"[I'm] very pleased," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I heard about Paul years ago from Gene Cline on the Dodgers. I liked him with the Pirates, especially off of the bench and playing late-inning defense. He was a guy I tried to manage away from late in the games with right-handers. He could do some things and is much needed on our team in that situation."

More
Less
{}
{}