And Scott Rolen is back in the Reds lineup “in Milwaukee” as he predicted Sunday.
“You guys can stop asking me now,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday.
Monday lineup vs. MIL
*No Reds hitter has a more extensive history vs. Brewers LHP Randy Wolf than Orlando Cabrera, who is 13-for-41 (.317) with four doubles, one homer and six RBIs.
*Cabrera has also been one of the hotter Reds hitters in general. He has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games (17-for-45, .378).
*Phillips has been in a slump for much of July. He’s batting .180 (16-for-89) in July and is 3-for-his-last 25. (.120). Hence the reason for Cabrera going back to leading off, a move that ignited the offense once when he was there May 7-June 23. Phillips’ last 26 starts have been from the leadoff spot.
“Brandon has been struggling some and Cabrera has been hot,” Baker said. “I flip-flopped them the first time because of that reason. Now I’m re-flipping them a second time for that reason.”
*Rolen was glad to be back in the lineup, naturally. Had he gone on the DL, he’d still be out.
“I’m cutting five days off if we had done the DL,” Rolen said. “So I’m glad it worked out and went the direction that it went. Dusty and Walt and everybody were patient as well. There was no timeframe and I wasn’t under the gun to make a decision. I probably would have made the wrong one last Thursday.”
*Homer Bailey is scheduled to make a rehab start tonight with Class A Dayton.
*Through seven games of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, Dickerson is 8-for-20 (.400). The prediction here is that Dickerson will be given the full 20-game rehab assignment. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s optioned to Louisville after that. As evidenced by the Gary Matthews Jr. situation, there is no apparent desire to shake up the current outfield situation, especially the bench with Laynce Nix and Chris Heisey.
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