8/2 vs. SD
Reds lineup vs. Padres
UPDATE — Dusty Baker on his bench and healthy player situation:
“Yeah, we’re real short. We were short yesterday,” Baker said.
*Wilson Valdez’s availablity is in question again as he’s still bothered by a stiff neck. There hasn’t been real improvement.
“Not much. It’d be a better chance if we had a night game tonight vs. a day game after night,” Baker said. “It hurts him to slide, that’s when you get jarred. That’s when it goes up and down your vertebrae…like I tell them in spring training, we’re going to need everybody if we’re going to win this thing. So far, we’ve been pretty fortunate as far as having to call on everybody.”
*Baker said this last night regarding Ryan Ludwick…I’m sure you read in my game story because you all read everything I write two or three times a day :-) ….
“We want to keep him on fire,” Baker said of Ludwick. “He’s not old but he’s not a spring chicken either. We have to monitor his workload so he can stay strong and stay fresh.”