Reds lineup vs. Astros
*OF Fred Lewis was activated from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. OF Jeremy Hermida was optioned to Louisville to make room for Lewis. Hermida was 2-for-18 in 10 games with the Reds.
Lewis played 15 games during his rehab assignment while trying to come back from an oblique injury. After seven games Double-A Carolina, he played eight games for Louisville and batted .300, (6-for-20) with 1 HR, 3 RBIs 8 walks, 5k, 1sb, 6 R).
“I got to Louisville and everything was pretty much healed,” Lewis said. “I pretty much felt 100 percent. I’m just ready to get the ball moving. It was a long process. But I’m happy I got some at-bats and stuff and get back game ready.”
Lewis’ 20-day rehab assignment expired on Tuesday, so a move had to be made to get him back.
“It was a baseball decision and a business decision,” Dusty Baker said. “Hermida had options and Fred had no options.”
*Miguel Cairo is bothered by a sore leg and hasn’t played since Saturday. Dusty Baker believed Cairo was possible for Thursday. Cairo is available to pinch-hit or enter in a double switch if need be today.
*Jonny Gomes is really struggling to find a spark lately. In 14 games since April 17, Gomes is 5-for-47 (.106).