4/11 vs. STL
Reds lineup vs. Cardinals
*RHP Ryan Madson is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery later today on his torn elbow ligament. Madson will miss the entire 2012 season.
*For the second-straight game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was not in the lineup because of a sore left hamstring. Phillips wasn’t expected to play, especially with the weather being cold of late. Baker was hopeful, but non committal about whether Phillips could play in the next series at Washington.
“He wants to be ready, but he’s not,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You have to do a lot of stuff at second base, if you play it the way he plays it. You just don’t want him to feel obligated [to play] because he just signed a contract. That’s a separate issue.”
*Baker expected that Joey Votto would find his way out of an early season slow start. Votto enters today batting .188 (3-for-16) with one homer and six strikeouts. The manager was asked if Votto was being pitched differently this year.
“They pitched him differently last year than the year before,” Baker said. “You get an MVP behind your name, they’re going to pitch you differently. They’ll spend more time on you at meetings. They will spend more time on you in the video room. Sometimes they run from him and sometimes, they run at him.
“It’s just a matter of combating it. He’ll figure it out. We certainly need him.”