Joe Randa knew when he joined the Reds that he was a stopgap until top prospect Edwin Encarnacion was ready to take over at third base.
Randa's brief stint in Cincinnati ended yesterday when he was traded to the Padres for minor league RHPs Justin Germano and Travis Chick. The Reds then recalled Encarnacion from Class AAA Louisville and handed him the everyday job at third.
"It's been pretty apparent that something was going to happen," Randa said. "I'm relieved."
The 35-year-old Randa, who signed a $2.15 million, one-year contract with the Reds as a free agent last offseason, hit .289 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 92 games.
Meantime, the Padres demoted struggling 3B Sean Burroughs to Class AAA Portland, making room for Randa.
* PUJOLS EXPLAINS: Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols, scratched from the lineup because of a mild left shoulder strain, called missing only his third start of the season a "miscommunication" after early batting practice, and said his performance in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs proved it.
"You didn't see me swing?" Pujols said. "I feel fine. Like I say, can you guys change the subject?"
Pujols, who had been intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the seventh, hit a line drive to shortstop with runners on first and second that turned into a game-ending double play when Abraham Nunez was caught off second.
* G. PERRY HONORED: The Giants retired the No. 36 jersey of Hall of Fame RHP Gaylord Perry last night, the 10th player or manager to have his number retired in the club's 123-year history and the first since Orlando Cepeda in 1999.
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