Sunday vs. Marlins
*Ludwick gets a start because of the matchup vs. Miami’s Carlos Zambrano. Ludwick is batting .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs and five RBIs.
“Ludwick has hit Zambrano better than anybody here,” manager Dusty Baker said.
*Had Juan Francisco made the team in camp, these were the types of games he would have started for the Reds — day after night when Scott Rolen gets a rest. The Reds still like their choices however, especially with Miguel Cairo. The 37-year-old Cairo filled in very capably at third base last season when both Rolen and Francisco were hurt.
“He did a great job for us,” Baker said. “I’ve got Cairo. I’ve got Willie Harris and I’ve also got Wilson Valdez too. I’ve got some options. A lot of it depends on who I think needs at-bats, who’s pitching and what kind of defense I need.
“Cairo has played third a lot behind Bronson [Arroyo]. The left side of the infield gets a lot of action. Cairo has a pretty good idea of what he’s going to throw in certain counts, certain situations and he’s played more there than anybody.”