Sunday, March 26, 2006

Funny how things take care of themselves

Speculation about the Reds trading one of their catchers is on hold for the moment.

It was announced today that Jason LaRue will have arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

The surgery will be performed Monday morning by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati.

LaRue is expected to miss 10-14 days. He has not been placed on the disabled list. An MRI taken Sunday afternoon revealed the injury.

Javier Valentin will likely be the Reds starting catcher on Opening Day. Recently acquired David Ross will back up Valentin until LaRue returns.

Manager Jerry Narron would prefer to not carry three catchers. For now, he won't have to.

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