Friday, May 12, 2006


That's one word used to describe the reaction in the Louisville Bats clubhouse tonight when it was announced that outfielder Rob Stratton had been released.

Stratton was leading the team with six home runs and 12 RBI. At 6' 2" 275 pounds, he was an imposing presence at the plate and a popular guy on the team.

The move made room on the Bats roster for Chris Denorfia who was optioned to Louisville when Ken Griffey Jr. was reinstated from the disabled list.

The plethora of outfielders in the Reds system made Stratton expendable, but the timing of the move is somewhat curious.

The Reds' outfield situation isn't anything new. Robbing the Bats of their top RBI-man in mid-May has many in Louisville scratching their heads.

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