4/25 vs. SF
Reds lineup vs. Giants
*Lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito, Wilson Valdez is 3-for-10 (.300). Brandon Phillips is 7-for-15 (.467). Drew Stubbs is 4-for-8 (.500)
*As for why SS Zack Cozart is off…
“It’s a day against a softer thrower and those young guys aren’t crazy about soft throwers – old guys too for that matter,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I believe in playing everybody. Valdez has had pretty good success against Zito. So has Stubbs.”
*RHP Nick Masset is awaiting the results of a new MRI taken Wednesday on his injured right shoulder. Masset said the test was to compare the shoulder’s progress compared to the original MRI he had in late March.
“Progress? Yeah, I feel good. I’m making some big steps towards being healthy,” Masset said. “I’ve been working really hard and doing a lot of therapy and everything they’ve asked me to. We’ll see what it looks in there and build off of that. Hopefully I have another attempt to throw towards the end of the week. We’ll see how it feels.”
*INF Miguel Cairo is making progress with the strained left hamstring that put him on the DL on April 17.
“I ran and hit the last two days and had no discomfort,” Cairo said. “It’s just one day at a time right now.”