Kearns's rapid ascent through the ranks of National League hitters is one of the few positive story lines for struggling Cincinnati, which was 6-13 at week's end. In addition to dealing with yet another serious injury to Ken Griffey Jr. (out until at least next month with a dislocated right shoulder), the Reds were suffering through righthander Danny Graves's conversion from closer to starter; he was 0-2 with an 8.02 ERA in his four appearances in the rotation. At least Kearns's performance has the club feeling better about the future. "He's a very special talent," says Bowden. "I think he can develop into a Hall of Famer."