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Reddick goes on DL with persistent infection

Astros recall Marisnick to take outfielder's place on roster
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HOUSTON -- The Astros have placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering infection near his left knee, the team announced Wednesday morning. Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

Reddick, who briefly spoke with SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday about the ailment, said that pain from the skin infection had subsided for the most part as he has continued taking medication. He discovered the issue after last week's return flight from Anaheim late at night on May 16.

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HOUSTON -- The Astros have placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering infection near his left knee, the team announced Wednesday morning. Jake Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.

Reddick, who briefly spoke with SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday about the ailment, said that pain from the skin infection had subsided for the most part as he has continued taking medication. He discovered the issue after last week's return flight from Anaheim late at night on May 16.

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"It still pretty gross-looking," Reddick said. "But the pain is a lot more tolerable, and the level of the pain has gone down severely. … It's slowly getting there, just a very unfortunate accident that never really happens a whole lot."

Reddick was scratched from Friday's game against the Indians because of the infection. The right fielder pinch-hit in Saturday's ninth inning, and he returned to Houston's lineup for Sunday's game. He reported excessive soreness following Sunday's game, making him unavailable for Tuesday's series opener against the Giants.

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In a perfect world, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Reddick's trip to the DL would be a short stint.

"He just hasn't conquered it," Hinch said. "It's extremely sore, and he needs some medical attention. He needs some time off, and we're not going to play with a short roster. We don't know how long it's necessarily going to be. He's seeing some specialists and taking care of an infection he's dealing with."

Marisnick, who was optioned to Fresno on May 15 following a sluggish first quarter of the season, prematurely rejoins the Astros following a five-game stint in the Minors. Marisnick slashed .286/.348/.667, with two home runs, four RBIs and six hits with Fresno.

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"I think he did great from the time that he was there," Hinch said of Marisnick, who batted .141 through 34 games to begin the season and struck out in 41 of 85 at-bats. "I thought his swings were good. Decompressing from the big leagues was very important. And having some success, obviously hit a couple of home runs and hit a couple of other balls pretty hard, and it sounded like he got his feet on the ground."

The Astros depart for a four-game series at Cleveland following Wednesday's game. For the time being, while Reddick and Derek Fisher (digestive issue) are on the DL, Houston will fill its outfield with Marwin Gonzalez and J.D. Davis -- a traditional infielder who started his first Major League game in left field Tuesday -- likely alternating in left. Hinch said Tony Kemp is likely to control center field and George Springer will be in right on "most days," the manager said.

"The at-bats will get spread out to J.D., Marwin and Jake," Hinch said.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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