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Reds deal ex-Ray Gomes to Nationals

CINCINNATI — The Reds sent former Rays LF Jonny Gomes to the Nationals for two minor-leaguers Tuesday, a move that opened an outfield spot for one of their best young hitters.

Former first-round pick Yonder Alonso was called up from Triple-A Louisville, giving the defending NL Central champions another left-handed hitter who can play leftfield and back up Joey Votto at first base.

The Reds obtained minor-league LHP Chris Manno and OF Bill Rhinehart from Washington. Cincinnati included money in the deal to pay part of Gomes' salary.

"For us, it's a tough move to make in some ways because Jonny was a big part of our club last year, a guy that obviously we all think of highly as a person and a player," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It gives us an opportunity to bring Alonso up and start looking at a couple of guys that could get an opportunity."

Alonso, 24, was the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft. A natural first baseman, he was blocked there by Votto and moved to left.

Gomes, 30, joined Cincinnati on a minor-league deal after Tampa Bay let him go after the 2008 season. He batted .266 with a .327 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage last season but had fallen off to .211/.336/.399 this year.

He said he was surprised by the deal.

"A little bit," he said. "But you know, this is a result-driven industry, if you will. And when the results aren't there, it might be time to move."

JONES HURT AGAIN: Braves 3B Chipper Jones did not start a day after he strained his right quadriceps in his first game back off the 15-day disabled list.

A'S: 1B Daric Barton was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and likely will need season-ending surgery.

BLUE JAYS: 3B Jose Bautista left in the third inning after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Orioles RHP Jake Arrieta.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday was out of the lineup with possible food poisoning.

D'BACKS: RHP J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list. The closer missed 19 games with elbow tendinitis. INF Geoff Blum went on the DL with a broken right pinkie finger, and the contract of OF Collin Cowgill was selected from Triple-A Reno.

GIANTS: RHP Tim Lincecum was scratched because of the flu and replaced by LHP Barry Zito. Lincecum is day to day and could pitch tonight. … Bench coach Ron Wotus served a one-game suspension for "inappropriate actions" in Saturday's game against the Brewers.

ORIOLES: LH reliever Mike Gonzalez began serving a three-game suspension and will miss the series against the Blue Jays. Gonzalez was fined and suspended for throwing behind Red Sox DH David Ortiz in a July 10 game at Fenway Park.

PADRES: RHP Pat Neshek and C Luis Martinez were recalled from Triple-A Tucson. C Kyle Phillips was optioned to Tucson, and RHP Ernesto Frieri was placed on paternity leave.

RED SOX: RF J.D. Drew went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder, and INF Drew Sutton was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. … 3B Kevin Youkilis got the night off to rest a tight right hamstring.

ROCKIES: 1B Jason Giambi went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad.

TIGERS: 3B Brandon Inge cleared waivers and accepted assignment to Triple-A Toledo.

YANKEES: 3B Eric Chavez, on the disabled list since May 5 with a fractured left foot, was activated and started.

Reds deal ex-Ray Gomes to Nationals 07/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:31am]

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