Notes on Volquez, Hanigan, Gomes
*Edinson Volquez is scheduled to make his next rehab start for Triple-A Louisville
on Monday at Indianapolis. But that’s not set in cement, just yet.
“We haven’t decided yet. We’re going to talk about that today,” manager Dusty Baker said.
UPDATE: GM Walt Jocketty said Volquez will start Sunday on regular rest. How many minor league starts he gets after that is up in the air.
“We’ll determine it after his next start,” Jocketty said.
*Through six games of his rehab assignment at Louisville, catcher Ryan Hanigan (broken left thumb) is hitting only .143 (3-for-21). He’s made two starts behind the plate and four as the DH. Hanigan is expected to get tonight’s game off. There remains no timetable to activate him from the DL.
“He’s catching well,” Baker said. “He doesn’t have any pain in his thumb, I’m told. We’re just waiting for him to get his stroke together. We want him here, ready, not just here to catch. His offense was a big part of our offense as well. He hadn’t gotten a lot of hits. We want him to get a few more quality at-bats and hits and he’ll be here shortly.”
*Jonny Gomes had a very big leadoff single in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay and the Phillies Wednesday. It came just before Jay Bruce’s game-winning two-run homer.
“I was just trying to get on in any way. I would’ve taken getting hit by a pitch in the neck,” Gomes said this morning.
Gomes is 8-for-45 (.178) in 12 games since the start of the West Coast trip on June 18. But over his last 50 games, he’s hitting .314 (54-for-172, 7 HRs)
“It’s those numbers that go up and down that I don’t worry about but everyone else pays attention to,” Gomes said. “I’m still grinding out a hit a day. Everyone looks at it as it was such a hot month I had and they were thinking I was going to keep on hitting .400. I don’t worry about stuff like that when you’re in first place.”
*And from the Elias Sports Bureau: The Reds’ 25th comeback win of the season on Wednesday matches the most come-from-behind wins the Reds have ever had through the end of June. They also had 25 such wins before July 1 in 1957, 1975 and 1978.
*Several Chicago reporters were in the office this morning. With things going bad for Lou Piniella lately, Baker was asked if Chicago was a tough place to manage.
“Yeah, it’s tough,” he responded. “One reason it’s tough is because nobody lets go of the past. Everybody is still counting. I was here for four out of the 100 years. You talk to most and they act like I was here the whole hundred years. I’m only 61 years old.”