Hamilton gets two days to rest sore elbow

Hamilton gets two days to rest sore elbow

PHOENIX -- Reds center fielder and leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton was a late scratch before Sunday's game vs. the D-backs because of a sore right elbow. Hamilton was replaced by Skip Schumaker, while Chris Heisey played right field and batted leadoff.

Hamilton's elbow started bothering him Saturday, when he made a long throw to third base after Paul Goldschmidt's deep drive to center field advanced A.J. Pollock. Hamilton has the benefit of resting two days since Monday is a scheduled day off for the team.

"I'm going to see the doctor tomorrow and I should be OK for Tuesday," Hamilton said. "It was a shock [manager Bryan Price] took me out today because I didn't know I was coming out. He knows a little better than I do. It's his decision. I feel a lot better now. I got some treatment and got it worked on a little bit. We'll see how it goes the next couple of days."

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