No Rolen, Stubbs
Tues lineup vs. PHI
*Scott Rolen got this game off instead of the usual day game after a night game on Wednesday. Why? Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies on Wednesday.
“Cairo would have drawn two tough assignments on day games – Greinke and Halladay. So we changed it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We kind of discussed it. He said it wouldn’t be right on Miggy to draw those tough assignments.”
*Aroldis Chapman has three innings in two appearances since moving to the Triple-A Louisville bullpen. So far, he’s allowed one run with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Chapman is scheduled to work two innings tonight after Edinson Volquez makes another rehab assignment start.
“Excellent,” GM Walt Jocketty said when asked how Chapman was doing as a reliever. “His last time out [on Saturday], he pitched one inning and faced two left-handed hitters and struck them out. He got the right-hander out. In that one performance, he was dominating.
“We’ve got him on a program for a couple of weeks to pitch an inning, get a day or two off, then a couple of innings. It’s a regular program so he doesn’t end up hurting himself.”
If and when Chapman comes to the Majors, it won’t be in the next couple of weeks.
“It’ll be some time after the All-Star break before we make a decision,” Jocketty said.
*Baker was asked if deserving All-Stars like Rolen, Votto, Phillips or Rhodes could get overlooked because the Reds haven’t won for so many years.
“It makes it probably more difficult when their manager is not choosing some of the players,” Baker replied. “We’re not drawing three million people like the Phillies, Dodgers, Yankees and Mets. And also, we don’t get a lot of national recognition – to this point.”
*Brandon Phillips pled guilty this morning to reckless driving in Kenton County Court. He avoided a conviction by agreeing to take a remedial driving course and paying court costs. Phillips was going 72 in a 35 mph zone on Friday in Park Hills, Ky.
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