First things first: I don't think this is happening. The Reds are loath to make major in-season changes, especially while in first-place. Conducting an experiment while you have a decent-sized division lead is not something most managers would do in a contract year. Dusty also seems sensitive to maintaining roles he's assigned to players and also sensitive to the defensive Just last year, he dragged his feet on trying Alonso out in LF. Strictly offensively, it would be the best possible way to accommodate Joey Votto's return - a way to keep Rolen, Ludwick and Frazier all in the lineup at the same time, along with the regulars. Drew Stubbs, of course, would become an irregular - owing to the fact that Stubbs has been hitting an amoebic .199/.276/.315 against righties this year.
Thought experiment: Jay Bruce in centerfield against righties?
Red Reporter | Aug 28