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Reds promote outfielder Cruz

CINCINNATI -- The Reds placed outfielder Austin Kearns on
the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and promoted outfielder Jacob Cruz to take his roster spot.

Kearns broke his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch Monday
night in Pittsburgh. He'll be examined again Monday, giving the
Reds a better idea of how many weeks he'll be sidelined.

Cruz signed a minor league contract as a free agent last
November. He hit .315 for Triple-A Louisville in 17 games this
season.

Cruz, who bats and throws left-handed, also has played for San
Francisco, Cleveland, Colorado and Detroit. His career batting
average is .248.

It's the second year in a row that Kearns has been hurt early in the season.

He played in only 82 games last year because of a shoulder
injury. He hurt his right shoulder while sliding into home May 21
and later had surgery to fix significant damage.

He wasn't fully recovered when spring training opened but got
better as it went along. He was in a 2-for-23 slump that dropped
his average to .137 when he was hit.