Re: When Ross comes off the DL, who goes down?
Wouldn't surprised to see Votto go down either. I can't see them demoting/releasing Bako. Even though he's having some good ABs and stinging the ball, the hits just aren't falling in for JV, and Dusty is giving the action to Hatteberg. At least a demotion would get him regular playing time.
That said, we really don't need to carry Freel and Hopper. Just too similar. Hopper is probably the other guess, given Freel's contract and defensively flexibility. I imagine he has options still too.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.