Votto out again, Alonso in

Weds lineup vs MIL

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Alonso 3
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

*Jim Edmonds was hobbling around the clubhouse with a protective boot on his right foot — but the news on his Achilles wasn’t awful. There is not a tear, according to tests.

“He’s not as severe as originally thought,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “So I think he’ll be in a boot for a couple of days and let it calm down.”

*Joey Votto got another day off after missing Tuesday’s game with a sinus infection.

“He’s doing a little better,” Baker said. “We thought it was best to wait until Friday, especially since we have a day off tomorrow. He was going to be off today but he was feeling so bad yesterday, he didn’t play yesterday.”

*Laynce Nix, who hasn’t played since Aug. 23 because of a sprained left ankle, appears to be available tonight. Nix has been taking BP for a week and has been running without problems.

“Hopefully I can get an at-bat tonight or the next couple of days,” Nix said.

Nix wasn’t worried about the one month layoff affecting him being ready for the postseason.

“I’m not concerned so much about playing as I am feeling comfortable running around,” Nix said. “I’ve played all year and have been healthy all year. I have enough at-bats where it would only take a couple of at-bats to get back into it and feeling comfortable.”

*This is Yonder Alonso’s first career start in the big leagues.

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Here is my guess at the first round roster….

C, Hernandez, Hanigan
IF, Votto, Phillips, Janish, Cairo, Cabrera, Rolen
OF, Bruce, Stubbs, Gomes, Heisey, Nix
Starters, Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez, Wood
Relief, Cordero, Masset, Chapman, Bray, Ondrusek, Bailey, Rhodes

That’s 24. So then either Harang or Smith if they needed another guy in the pen. Miller in case they wanted to use Hernandez as a pinch hitter and still have a backup catcher. Leake if they wanted a utility pinch runner, and maybe hitter. And I think if Nix can’t go, then you carry Francisco instead of him. Another pinch hitter slot could be given to Valaika.

But I would say the 25th spot would be Francisco’s, I don’t see why you would need more than 7 relievers with the off days.

Harang is finished…sadly…is bailey bullpen material? It will be interesting to see what they do. Hopefully the decisions wont be to important

Harang is finished…sadly…is bailey bullpen material? It will be interesting to see what they do. Hopefully the decisions wont be to important

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