Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was scratched from the starting lineup vs. the Mets on Saturday because of a jammed left middle finger. Roger Bernadina replaced Hamilton and batted leadoff. Hamilton was given a night out of the lineup in Friday's 4-3 loss to New York but pinch-ran in the top of the eighth. He was thrown out trying to steal second base and injured himself on the head-first slide into the bag. "It's day to day," Hamilton said Saturday while wearing a wrap around his sore finger. "I want to play. I did everything I could today. I took some swings. It's getting better. It will be all right soon." Hamilton cemented his spot as the leadoff man with a strong Spring Training, but he struggled in his first three regular-season games. He is 0-for-12 with six strikeouts and one walk.
Reds scratch Hamilton due to finger injury
MLB.com | Apr 5