With Womack gone, there's no easy move to get Ken Griffey Jr. back on the roster Friday when he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
"Yeah, it'll be a tough move," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "We'll deal with that when Junior's ready to play."
If Griffey's not ready by Friday - but indications are he will - he'll be ready shortly thereafter.
That fact that Ross is out of options is why the Dodgers designated him for assignment.
There's a possibility Ross could be the player to go when Griffey returns, but it would seem unlikely the Reds would do that just a few days after trading for him.
If not Ross, who goes?
There are three possibilities:
The Reds go with 11 pitchers. "Doubtful," Narron said. "But a possibility."
The Reds designate Quinton McCracken, the other extra outfielder. McCracken is the last position player on the depth chart, along with Ross. But McCracken is a switch-hitter with a career average of .280 against right- handers. He's also a proven pinch-hitter (he had 19 pinch-hits for Arizona last year).
The Reds go with two catchers. That doesn't seem likely given all the good things Narron has said about third catcher David Ross.
Of course, the other possibility is the Reds will make another trade.
Krivsky has shown no reluctance to make moves.