That's one unique Reds lineup
I can imagine Monday afternoon’s lineup vs. HOU will have the masses a little perplexed. Here it is first:
“We have the shock troop lineup a little bit,” manager Dusty Baker said.
RF Jay Bruce is in a 0-for-13 skid and his average is down to .228. Although Bruce has come close to hitting a couple of long balls, he’s been chasing a lot of bad pitches lately.
I think he really needs it even though we can’t afford him to be off,” Baker said. “We can’t afford him not to be off either. I’m giving him a mental day off.”
Joey Votto pinch hit Sunday (drew a four-pitch walk) but is still not fully over his inner ear infection. Believe it or not, Brandon Phillips (fractured right thumb) , swung a bat already.
“He swung today off the tee,” Baker said. “A little sore, a little swollen but that’s pretty good though. Maybe he can be ready in a couple of days or ready by Milwaukee. Wow, is right.”
Catcher Ryan Hanigan is a little beat up from a bunch of foul tips lately and general catcher soreness. So he’s not in there. There is your Reds lineup for Monday. Savor the flavor.
3B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist fracture, DL) was about to go hit off a tee Monday morning.
“It’s been a long time for me. I’ve never had to wait that long to swing,” Encarnacion said. “It’s feeling a lot better. It’s getting strong and I’m working hard to get it stronger.”
LHP Bill Bray visited the clubhouse for the first time since his Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Bray was sporting the large metal brace and wrap over his left arm. Bray will be out 10-12 months and is aiming to pitching again in games by April 1, 2010.
Before the surgery, Bray had started long tossing and was working in his first bullpen session while coming back from what was originally deemed an elbow strain.
“I had gotten out to 120 feet with no problem,” Bray said. “Something wasn’t really wrong until I got into the bullpen two weeks ago. As soon as I got on the mound, I threw five pitches and each pitch after that started to hurt worse.”
Bray, who has been beset by numerous arm injuries the past couple of seasons, had a good attitude about his situation.
“The more I think about it, the more I’m thankful for our trainers and physical therapists and Doc Kremchek,” Bray said. “Thirty years ago, I would have been done. It’s a blessing we have the technology to keep me on the field even though I’ve been injury plagued. I would have been done so long ago.”
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