Reds' offense leaning to the left

Reds' offense leaning to the left

ST. LOUIS -- With the promotion of outfielder Donald Lutz on Monday from Double-A Pensacola to replace the injured Chris Heisey, the Reds' offense became more left-handed heavy.

Lutz, Xavier Paul and Jack Hannahan could be lefties off the bench at any given time, with Derrick Robinson and Cesar Izturis listed as switch-hitters. Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce are the lefty hitters in the regular lineup.

"From all right-handed a couple of years ago to left-handed. We've got what we've got," manager Dusty Baker said. "It helps when like the Cardinals have only one lefty [in the bullpen] now."

Baker said that because of an undisclosed injury, Robinson is unable to hit from the left side but can still bat right-handed.

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