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Bailey sore, LeCure for Sunday

 *Dusty Baker revealed that Sam LeCure will start on Sunday for the Reds. Homer Bailey was shut down because of he was sore. He will not even start on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville.

“Homer is not pitching. He came out a little more sore than normal,” Baker said. “We kind of anticipated that a little bit. We decided to scratch him and wait a little more.”

Bailey has been on the DL since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation. Baker did not detail the nature of the soreness Bailey was feeling. He will be examined by medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek this afternoon.

UPDATE: Here’s what Bailey had to say after a meeting with head trainer Paul Lessard:

“I threw the other day and felt great,” he said. “The last couple of days, there’s been some soreness in places where I usually don’t get soreness. We’ll evaluate and go from there. I’ll know more later once I see Kremchek.”

Bailey started feeling sore when throwing on flat ground the other day. His side bullpen session scheduled for today, was called off.

“It was just alarming, nothing life threatening,” said Bailey, who said the soreness was still limited to his shoulder, without getting specific.

Bailey pitched 4 1/3 innings for Louisville on Tuesday and allowed five earned runs and six hits vs. Syracuse while throwing 86 pitches.  

“I threw Tuesday and everything felt great,” Bailey said. “If it was anything seriously wrong, I would have felt it then. I didn’t feel it then. We’re trying to take it slow because we can nip it in the bud now or we can maybe suffer later.”

*In other injury update news, catcher Ryan Hanigan tested his fractured left thumb by hitting in the cage today. Hanigan said he was only swinging at 75 percent. He is due to get another X-ray today and his timetable will be known more after.

“It feels pretty good,” Hanigan said of his thumb.

*OF Chris Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgery) did some “dry swings” in the cage for five minutes and reported no trouble.

*OF Ryan LaMarre, the Reds’ second round Draft pick out of the Univ. of Michigan, signed today and is headed to join Class A Dayton. He is attempting to meet the team in Appleton, Wisc.

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Cabrera, Bruce getting breaks

Tuesday lineup vs. PIT

Heisey 9
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Leake 1

A lefty is going again for the Pirates in Paul Maholm, which explains Bruce not being in there.

Bruce is 2-for-12 (.167) lifetime vs. Maholm — but those two hits were both homers.Cabrera is 1-for-2 against Maholm.

Brandon Phillips is the Reds best weapon tonight since he is 14-for-37 (.378) with four homers and nine RBIs.

UPDATE: The match-up issue was one reason Bruce was off tonight but not the only one, according to Dusty Baker.

“Plus, he’s played every day,” Bruce said. “I have a couple of guys during this long streak here that need some time. A day does wonders. Cabrera has been playing a lot. He’s a little sore.”

Bruce has played in all 45 games this season. His last non-start was May 3.

Baker is also looking to find rest breaks for Joey Votto and Phillips.

“I just don’t know when,” Baker said. “[Votto] doesn’t want it — like Jay Bruce. He didn’t want it today either. These guys want to play. This is what you like. I have to not ask them sometimes. I have to tell them.”

*On the field before batting practice, injured outfielder Chris Dickerson was playing catch for the first time since his right wrist and hand surgeries May 3. Although he throws left-handed, throwing wasn’t an easy task.

“The first five throws were comical,” Dickerson said. “It was the first time I threw a ball in three weeks. I was getting my release point back and the motion. The balls were all over the place. It turned out all right. The ball was actually coming out of my hand really well. It’s a matter of getting the strength back and squeezing the glove.”

Dickerson had surgery to remove a broken hook on the hamate bone in his hand and arthroscopic surgery to clean out his wrist. He is still working on range of motion but if playing catch goes well, he could start swinging a bat by the end of this week or start of next week.

“We underestimate the shock of catching a ball, that jolt back and controlling the motion. The incision is still sensitive when the ball hits the palm of my glove. It was just nice to be out there doing baseball activity, I’m excited about that. It’s such a small thing at this stage but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

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Heisey debuts vs. Mets

Reds lineup:

Chris Heisey will be making his MLB debut tonight. He was called up on Friday to replace injured OF Chris Dickerson but did not appear in any of the three games at St. Louis.

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Cabrera 6
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Leake 1

*Dusty Baker had multiple reasons for using Heisey and resting Jay Bruce.

“I figured it was a good day – our first day back home,” Baker said. It was a rough last few days, sleep and rest wise. Plus, [Oliver] Perez is tough on lefties. Everything just factored in.”

Naturally, Heisey was pleased to see his name on the lineup card today when he arrived at the ballpark.

“I’m pumped up. First I got called up here and now I have a chance to start,” Heisey said. “About a week ago, you could have told me and I’d say not yet. Maybe later in the year.”

*Read more later in my notebook on MLB.com.

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson had surgeries to remove the hook on the hamate bone in his right hand and to “clean out” his right wrist this afternoon. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. 

*Today is Homer Bailey’s 24th birthday.

*Aroldis Chapman is pitching tonight for Triple-A Louisville at Buffalo. Follow on MiLB.com and MLB.TV.

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Surgery for Dickerson

It’s a short turnaround…

Reds lineup

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Cabrera 6
Nix 7
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

From the club: OF Chris Dickerson on Monday will have surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right hand along with arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist. A prognosis for recovery will be determined at that time. Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the procedure. 

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Dickerson to DL, Heisey up

The Reds made the roster move that was expected. Chris Dickerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Outfielder Chris Heisey was called up from Triple-A Louisville.

UPDATE at 7:11 pm ET – The MRI on Dickerson today revealed that he has a broken hook on the hamate bone in his right wrist. It won’t be known until Saturday how much time he will miss.

This will be Heisey’s first time in the Major Leagues.

Here are some other background items on Heisey:

*Was batting.241 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 20 games for Louisville. He was 14-for-47 (.298) over his last 11 games and was riding a seven-game hitting streak.

*Has played all three OF spots this season.

*17th round Draft pick in 2006.

*2009 Reds Minor League Player of the Year

*Right-handed hitter.

Reds lineup

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Cabrera 6
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

 

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Postgame extra – rotation rolling

After a pretty lackluster start to the season, the Reds find themselves with an 11-11 record and four-straight wins following Thursday’s 4-2 victory and series sweep over the Astros.

The good:

*Reds starting pitching. That’s three-straight quality starts. The tandem of Aaron Harang, Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo were o 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in the series.

“It’s a long season. It’s a roller coaster,” Arroyo said. “We just got off to a very mediocre to bad start – pretty much all of us other than Mike. Hopefully we can keep stringing this thing together.”

*Arroyo pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first win and gave up two runs and five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He began with six scoreless.

*Jay Bruce — his solo homer has made him a .467 hitter (7-for-15) over his last four games.

*Joey Votto — he fought after a 0-2 count to plate the first Reds run on a 6-3 double play in the fifth.

“That double play, getting the run in, I was happy about that,” Votto said. “It was a real tough at-bat. That’s the stuff I feel like I have to do when I’m not doing so well at the plate.”

*Votto came up bigger against Roy Oswalt in the seventh with a first-pitch, two-run homer to left field.

“He didn’t look too good against Oswalt early but got the big one when it counted,” Dusty Baker said. “That’s what happens when you get good pitching. That home run meant a lot.”

*That was the first time since April 28, 2006, that the Reds defeated Oswalt. Only Harang, Arroyo and Brandon Phillips were around to see that game.

The not so good:

Chris Dickerson went down in the second inning with a sprained right wrist. He’s getting an MRI in Cincinnati on Friday. But I would not be the least bit surprised if Chris Heisey meets the club in St. Louis if Dickerson goes on the DL. Heisey has been swinging a hot bat at Triple-A Louisville of late, and has logged several recent games in center field.

“We won’t know tonight,” GM Walt Jocketty said about a potential roster move.

More Quotes:

“You figured sooner or later. The odds have been in our favor, big time. With the law of averages today, I figured Bronson was going to win one. He was 0-2 and we hadn’t beat Oswalt. It’s great to come in here, get a sweep and get some momentum going into St. Louis.” — Dusty Baker

“It took us a little while considering how panicky it’s felt at times. To get back to .500, I think that gives us the opportunity to keep things in perspective. It’s an up and down season. I hope we’re not going to get too high right now. It’s one game at a time. We have a real tough series against St. Louis. I think going into this series, St. Louis has a pretty good idea that we played well. I think they’ll be ready to play against us and play well. They’re division leaders right now.” — Joey Votto

See everyone from St. Louis on Friday.

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Baker on Phillips

In Wednesday’s win during the four-run fourth, Brandon Phillips skied a fly ball to right-center field. Looking discouraged, he put his head down and trotted. Only after the outfielders lost the ball in the twilight and Hunter Pence dropped it for a three-run error, did Phillips turn on the speed and he reached second base. Had Phillips been running all the way, reaching third base seemed possible. Did Dusty Baker see it that way?

“Not really. Every day we have something where somebody should be some place,” Baker said. “If anything that should have been a hit. Let’s focus on that rather than should he have been on third.

“Bourn didn’t see it. Ordinarily he catches that ball. It was the twilight. You could tell by the way he flipped his glove at the end, that Pence didn’t see the ball either until the last minute.”

Phillips scored anyway on Scott Rolen’s double but it was one of the little moments that was reduced by the positive vibe of a win. Had the Reds lost that game, you would wonder ‘what if?’ Last season, there was a similar situation where Phillips’ not hustling out a fly ball put the Reds out of a rally in Los Angeles. It earned him a one-game benching from Baker.

*Phillips, who came into Thursday with a .210 average, has also played every inning of every game so far this season. No day off is imminent. He would have gotten one during the last trip, the manager said — but the plan changed when Rolen was hurt.

“Some day. He’s not getting a break in St. Louis,” Baker said. “Most of the time when you get a break, you get a mental break. But you’ve got to find the right situation and right team to give a break.”

*Chris Dickerson started for the first time since he struck out four times on Saturday vs. the Padres. Dickerson is in a 2-for-15 clip and like Drew Stubbs, is needed to heat up from the leadoff spot.

“Neither of us can get too discouraged,” Dickerson said. “I don’t like to make excuses like that it’s April. It’s unfortunate that we’re both scuffling like we are. Drew had some good at-bats last night. It’s those types of signs we’re looking for from each other. I’m his biggest fan right now.”

*In the last seven games, Reds hitters are batting .319 (23-for-72) with runners in scoring position. And that includes last night’s 1-for-12 RISP.

*Voting for the “Fans Choice” Reds bobblehead ends on Friday at 5pm ET. Fans are able to choose among eight candidates with the the top man in ballots having his own bobblehead giveaway for the Saturday, July 31 game vs. the Braves game.

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Stubbs or Dickerson?

Can’t complain about another fine day in Houston, especially when I know the air will likely feel more oppressive the next time the Reds visit.

I did a lot of walking around downtown today and checked out the Tunnels below the city. It’s a lot like the skywalk in Cincinnati, only underground and far more elaborate. If you loath fresh air and sunlight, but love an endless array of small shops and fast food courts, then the tunnel is your kind of spot. I had lunch above ground.

The question of the day: Many of you love playing manager and bickering over Dusty Baker’s lineup. Here’s a more specific challenge. You only get to pick who bats leadoff — who do you go with?

This is one instance where Baker has little wiggle room based on the results.

Drew Stubbs: .150 AVG/.268 OBP/23 strikeouts
Since snapping his 0-for-20 skid on Thursday, is 1-for-14, including 0-for-3 w/2 Ks last night.

Chris Dickerson: .244/.262 OBP/17 strikeouts
Is 2-for-his-last 14.

Both players are super fast and can create havoc on the bases. The problem is that neither are getting on enough for a leadoff guy. Yet, the Reds have few other choices in-house. Someone suggested Orlando Cabrera, but he’s their best RBI man right now.

For now at least, Baker really has no choice but to keep running both of them out there until someone figures something out.

Remember the 2007 season when former manager Jerry Narron tried using Scott Hatteberg as a leadoff man?

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Miles released, Balentien outrighted

A couple of Reds transactions —

Infielder Aaron Miles cleared waivers and has been released. Outfielder Wladimir Balentien cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Class AAA Louisville.

Both players were designated for assignment on Opening Day but were told they wouldn’t make the team on April 2.
 
Having Balentien clear and remain in the organization is a plus and I know it was hoping he wouldn’t get claimed. He had a good spring and seemed to make improvements with his hitting.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Bailey 1

Some notes:

*Will Homer Bailey be the first Reds starting pitcher to get a ‘W’ next to his name this season? With the bullpen a little spent, Dusty Baker was hoping for a lengthy outing. Baker wasn’t sure if Francisco Cordero would be available after he’s worked six out of seven days. Logan Ondrusek has had three days in a row. Micah Owings had two innings last night.

“I might have to go with Homer a little longer,” Baker said. “Or maybe he’ll be super sharp tonight. A complete game would be great.”

*Cordero also had to warm up three different times during Tuesday’s game.

*Nick Masset said he is ready again after a break on Tuesday.

*Chris Dickerson is starting in CF because Drew Stubbs has a sore back.

“It’s nothing major but I think he’s giving me a day or two to get cleared up,” Stubbs said. “It’s something I could definitely try to play through. [Baker] said, this early in the season, there was no point in pushing anything.”

*The Reds haven’t won their first three road games of a season since 1996.

*At 5-3, the club is two games over .500 for the first time since June 19, 2009, when it was 34-32

*For Jackie Robinson Day on Thursday, all Reds players/coaches will wear No. 42. In an added twist, they will do likewise on Friday at Pittsburgh because the Pirates have an off day Thursday.

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The last stretch of spring

Now that the off day is behind them, there are 11 days left before the Reds break camp.

Reds lineup vs. SF:

Dickerson 8
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Balentien 7
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

*There was no idea yet when Aroldis Chapman would resume throwing or if the injury torpedoed his chances to make the Reds rotation as the fifth starter.

“We’re not there yet,” manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s looking too far into the future. I hate to speculate about it. He’ll get treatment and I hope that it’s OK. I don’t think it’s anything serious.

“You know how backs are. They can let you go tomorrow or keep you around for another week or 10 days. I hope not but you just don’t know.”

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*Baker didn’t rule out some sort of mix-and-match plan with his outfield…which would mean Chris Dickerson and Drew Stubbs could both make the club and both play center field. Dickerson could also see time in right field on days Jay Bruce doesn’t get a good match-up.

“We’ll see,” Baker said. “Certain guys are more conducive to hit than other guys. Certain days I might need a better defensive team out there [depending] on who’s pitching for us. There are a lot of different factors when you make the lineup out every day. You put guys in a position where they’re most likely to succeed. They might not like it sometimes.”

Dickerson has had a fantastic spring, batting .364 (12-for-33) with a homer and six RBIs. Early in camp, he voiced his displeasure about being left out of the center field conversation — which rankled Baker and some in the clubhouse. But Dickerson has backed it up on the field. He’s also taken a different tact with his comments.

“After the first week, I knew I had something to prove,” Dickerson said. “That’s the case with every spring training. That’s how you have to approach it.

“At this point, we’re all just here to get prepared to contribute. Wherever and whenever that is, I just want to be ready. I want to contribute to the overall success of the team. That’s all I’m concerned about. When or where doesn’t really matter.”

*Matt Maloney is scheduled to throw 65 pitches today in a Minor League game.

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