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Reds place Dickerson on DL, call up Heisey

Reds place Dickerson on DL, call up Heisey

ST. LOUIS -- The Reds placed outfielder Chris Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a broken bone in his right wrist. Outfielder Chris Heisey was recalled from Triple-A Louisville, receiving his first Major League promotion.

Dickerson left Thursday's game in Houston after striking out in the top of the second inning. He was sent back to Cincinnati on Friday for an MRI test that revealed a broken hook on the hamate bone. The club will know by Saturday how much time he might miss.

In 20 games this season, Dickerson is batting .227 with no homers or RBIs and 19 strikeouts. He had been mired in a 2-for-22 slump.

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"We couldn't come in here short," manager Dusty Baker said before the extent of Dickerson's injury was known. "Anybody that's had a hand problem knows they don't go away quickly."

Heisey, who was the Reds' 2009 Minor League Player of the Year, was batting .241 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 20 games for Louisville. However, the 25-year-old was 14-for-47 (.298) over his past 11 games and was riding a seven-game hitting streak.

"I've been feeling a lot more comfortable," said Heisey, who will wear No. 28. "Once you're going bad and you lose that confidence, it takes a little bit to get out of it. I was feeling a lot better the last week or so."

Heisey can play all three outfield spots for the Reds. He increased his time in center field last season when Drew Stubbs was promoted to the Majors.

"He can run," Baker said. "He was a better hitter than he was hitting down there. He was coming on pretty good. He is confident."

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