Cinco de Makeup game
Reds lineup vs Astros
*The Reds optioned RHP Jordan Smith to Triple-A Louisville to make room for the activation of Homer Bailey. Smith was heavily used over the past month when starters had short outing. He had a 5.29 ERA over 14 games.
“It happens. He pitched a lot,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s still a few things he needs to improve on. But he’s close, real close. He’s close to staying here for a long time. He has the right attitude about pitching. He hates to give it up. He has that reliever mentality that you like to see.”
*Scott Rolen has not resumed swinging or baseball activity but is still getting better. Because of the limited work space at Wrigley Field, Rolen will remain here this weekend but could meet the team in Houston, maybe.
*Miguel Cairo has a sore right knee and is still out. He’s planning in resting it today with full BP, groundballs and running. He took it quite slow running up the line as a pinch hitter Wednesday.
“It was cold. I didn’t want to aggravate it,” Cairo said. “Scotty is on the DL. Francisco is on the DL. I don’t want to go on the DL.”