Sat. TBA, Sept. callups, trade talk

The Reds still have “TBA” listed for Saturday’s start vs. the Dodgers and this time, they’re not playing coy with the roster maneuvers. They have to get through Thursday first because after back-to-back extra innings games, their only fresh arm and only long man in the bullpen is Micah Owings. If he’s not needed, he will likely start vs. L.A.

“It depends on what happens here,” Dusty Baker said. “We need some deep innings. Even though we’ve won, it’s taken a toll on the pitching. You hate to go into a weekend series with the Dodgers tired.”

I will be writing a more complete story on this for Sunday night but I talked to GM Walt Jocketty about September call-ups this morning in the clubhouse. Don’t expect anyone up when right away Sept. 1 comes around on Tuesday. Also, don’t expect to see the cavalry rolling I-71 North.

Triple-A Louisville’s regular season ends on Sept. 7 and then there is the playoffs.

“I think it’s important. In most cases, you prefer to see them finish their season and go through the playoffs,” Jocketty said. “The exposure to postseason play is very good.

“We haven’t really finalized it yet but there won’t really be that many. We have most of them here. It’s more a question of playing time. If you don’t have playing time, there’s no reason to bring them up.”

These are the healthy players on 40-man roster not currently with the Reds: 1B Yonder Alonso, 3B Juan Francisco, RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Ramon Ramirez.

You’d have to think someone like OF Chris Heisey will be rewarded for his great season. You also have to wonder about a dude like LHP Travis Wood. SS Chris Valaika had a lousy season for the most part but has come on the last couple of weeks. It’d be nice for them to be evaluated so the Reds know whether they might be ready for 2010.

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Balentien 9
Gomes 7
Tatum 2
Lehr 1

Jocketty said it’s been all quiet on the trade inquiry front. Contenders that acquire players after Aug. 31 can’t have them eligible for postseason play. It doesn’t look like closer Francisco Cordero or Bronson Arroyo are going anywhere.

“No one has inquired about him,” Jocketty said about Cordero. “We haven’t talked to anybody about him. I would guess nothing will happen.”

CF Drew Stubbs is batting .156 since his call-up on Aug. 19. He has two walks and 10 strikeouts, including four on Wednesday. Baker didn’t think Stubbs was pressing too much.

“I don’t think he’s trying too hard,” Baker said. “I just think he’s taking too much – too many fastballs. It puts you in strikeout situations. Everybody talks about being deep in the count all the time. That’s not good for everybody. To go deep in the count, you have to be a pretty good two-strike hitter. In the minors, he was still prone to the strikeouts.”

The Reds didn’t have 2009 first-round pick RHP Mike Leake on its roster for the Arizona Fall League. Turns out the roster had to be submitted before Leake signed on Aug. 17. Jocketty said the Reds are seeking permission from MLB to make adjustments to the roster so Leake can go to Arizona.

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I’ve been excited about Travis Wood ever since I heard about him earlier this season (weak, I know…). I hope he gets called up. I want to see Fransico in action as well.

Pardon my ignorance, but is Todd Frazier not healthy or not on the 40-man roster?

I erred in not mentioning Frazier as a deserving candidate. However, he is not on the 40-man roster.

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