Cabrera, Bruce getting breaks

Tuesday lineup vs. PIT

Heisey 9
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Leake 1

A lefty is going again for the Pirates in Paul Maholm, which explains Bruce not being in there.

Bruce is 2-for-12 (.167) lifetime vs. Maholm — but those two hits were both homers.Cabrera is 1-for-2 against Maholm.

Brandon Phillips is the Reds best weapon tonight since he is 14-for-37 (.378) with four homers and nine RBIs.

UPDATE: The match-up issue was one reason Bruce was off tonight but not the only one, according to Dusty Baker.

“Plus, he’s played every day,” Bruce said. “I have a couple of guys during this long streak here that need some time. A day does wonders. Cabrera has been playing a lot. He’s a little sore.”

Bruce has played in all 45 games this season. His last non-start was May 3.

Baker is also looking to find rest breaks for Joey Votto and Phillips.

“I just don’t know when,” Baker said. “[Votto] doesn’t want it — like Jay Bruce. He didn’t want it today either. These guys want to play. This is what you like. I have to not ask them sometimes. I have to tell them.”

*On the field before batting practice, injured outfielder Chris Dickerson was playing catch for the first time since his right wrist and hand surgeries May 3. Although he throws left-handed, throwing wasn’t an easy task.

“The first five throws were comical,” Dickerson said. “It was the first time I threw a ball in three weeks. I was getting my release point back and the motion. The balls were all over the place. It turned out all right. The ball was actually coming out of my hand really well. It’s a matter of getting the strength back and squeezing the glove.”

Dickerson had surgery to remove a broken hook on the hamate bone in his hand and arthroscopic surgery to clean out his wrist. He is still working on range of motion but if playing catch goes well, he could start swinging a bat by the end of this week or start of next week.

“We underestimate the shock of catching a ball, that jolt back and controlling the motion. The incision is still sensitive when the ball hits the palm of my glove. It was just nice to be out there doing baseball activity, I’m excited about that. It’s such a small thing at this stage but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

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Do you have any update on Volquez. I’m pretty sure his suspension is over like June 12th or something, give or take a few games. Has he been pitching at all? Or at least long tossing? Will he be pitching AAA games before the all star break? I’ll take any information. Thanks.


I hope Cabrera’s “rest” is due to his baserunning mistake last night, of forgetting how many outs there were. I thought Baker should have benched Drew Stubbs for a game earlier in the year when he threw the ball in the stands with only two outs. Cabrera also had an error last night, but that’s not a big deal. The last time Janish got one of these spot starts for Cabrera it was the game after the one where Cabrera missed two easy plays (the Pirates scorer ruled them both hits). I’m also glad to see Heisey get another start, and it makes sense for it to be for Bruce given how Gomes hits LHP and Stubbs had such a good game last night.

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