Paul, others out on Saturday
As of 2 p.m. ET Saturday, the Reds and Mariners are scheduled to start on time. It’s not raining for the moment and the tarp is off of the field.
*The field looks to be in good shape after what seems to be days upon days of rain. Reds manager Dusty Baker credited the grounds crew for their efforts. However, Baker decided the field was wet enough that Chris Heisey shouldn’t start in left field. Heisey returned from missing about two months with a right hamstring strain.
Xavier Paul also couldn’t start after banging his right arm on the top of a cement wall in left field foul territory in the top of the ninth inning while chasing down Kyle Seager’s pop up. It looked like he hurt his elbow, but Baker said it was an injured shoulder. Paul is possibly available for pinch-hitting duty. Derrick Robinson, who pinch-hit for Paul in the bottom of the ninth on Friday, is starting in left field on Saturday.
“[Paul] might be available tomorrow,” Baker said. “I’ll go with Robinson today and Heisey tomorrow.”
*On the left side of the infield, Cesar Izturis started in Zack Cozart’s place at shortstop. Jack Hannahan started at third base instead of Todd Frazier.
“It’s not rest as much as these guys need playing time,” Baker said. “It’s not always about rest. It’s about getting guys some at-bats. We’ve got eight games to go [before the All-Star break], they probably won’t get a start maybe. Then we have four days worth of All-Star break. You’re talking two weeks before they get another at-bat or play. If they do get an at-bat, you want them to be halfway comfortable and sharp when they’re doing it.”
*Also, catcher Devin Mesoraco is dealing with back spasms. Ryan Hanigan is starting and catching for Mat Latos. Mesoraco has caught many of Latos’ previous starts.
*At 6:30 p.m. the All-Star Selection Show will begin on FOX. I will have full coverage of the Reds that are selected.