Unfortunately, Chris Valaika suffered a broken hand for triple-A Louisville. Valaika had been scuffling early in the season and this will only hinder his efforts to right the ship during the 2009 season.
"Chris Valaika was placed on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list with a broken right hand.Valaika will be in a cast for four weeks. Between the injury and his early .161/.210/.290 line, Valaika won't be a candidate to solve the Reds' shortstop woes any time soon. He's not likely to see big league action before September call-ups."
At this point, Alex Gonzalez and Paul Janish are doing a nice job holding down the shortstop position at the MLB level, so there isn't a pressing need for Valaika. However, it would be nice to see Valaika settle into a position full time and earn a promotion to the majors. Clearly, that will have to wait a while longer.