No Votto, roster move made

Fri lineup vs. HOU

Cabrera 6
Cairo 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
LeCure 1

*Joey Votto is missing from the lineup for the third-straight day (stiff neck).

Asked about whether the disabled list was possible for Votto, manager Dusty Baker couldn’t really say.

“I don’t know. I ain’t no doctor. I hope not,” Baker said. “I hope it’s just a stiff neck. It was better yesterday than the day before. We’ll wait as long as we can.”

*Miguel Cairo is 5-for-9 with a homer over the previous two games in Votto’s place, which has been a solid picking up of the slack.

“You want to contribute and do the little things that help the team win games,” Cairo said. “You don’t play every day so when one of the big boys, the regulars, gets a day or something happens to them, you’ve got to be ready to go out there and help the team.”

Cairo will be making his fourth start this season at first base, a position he hasn’t previously played since 2008 with the Mariners. Of his 727 career games in 14 seasons, 131 have been at first base.

*Arthur Rhodes, who has had been bothered by a sore foot the last couple of days, said he was ready to pitch tonight.

*To make room for Sam LeCure on the roster, Enerio Del Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

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