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It's Homer

To no one’s surprise here, Homer Bailey will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to be your Reds starter on Saturday vs. the Indians, the club announced Thursday evening.

This obviously doesn’t have the same cache as it did in 2007 when Bailey was the next-big-thing that everyone clamored for. This will be the 23-year-old’s sixth big league call-up.

Why does this call-up have the potential to be different?

1. Bailey is on a seriously good run —  4-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last five starts, with three of them lasting at least eight innings. He’s allowed one run over his last 38 2/3 innings with seven walks and 38 strikeouts.

2. With Edinson Volquez likely to be beyond the All-Star break, Bailey has about a month to prove himself. That should give him enough of an opportunity to get comfortable and show he belongs.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston Jr. 5
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes DH
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Janish 6
Dickerson 7
Cueto 1

For those who were curious, this is the first time this season that Joey Votto has batted fourth. He did it 18 times in 2008.

Brandon [Phillips] is good against left-handers and Joey is just coming back,” Dusty Baker said. “I had it the other way around but changed it.”

Edwin Encarnacion is 3-for-14 (.214) through his first four rehab games at Louisville but has two homers and five RBIs. Encarnacion was 2-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday while playing third base.

“I heard he did pretty good. He hit a home run to right field, which is a pretty good sign,” Baker said. “We need him to be a ribbie man. The .214 part doesn’t bother me because he hasn’t been hitting. He’s turning his concentration up with runners in scoring position.”

Baker didn’t expect Encarnacion to return when the Reds open the next home stand on Tuesday.

“I don’t think so. His stroke is different than Joey’s. Plus Joey had a number of at-bats, and stuff. You don’t want him to get here and struggle.”

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Votto's night, notes

Clearly Joey Votto isn’t entirely the cure for what ails the Reds. He was 1-for-4 in his first game back but his team notched just six hits in a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Toronto had a 6-0 lead until the seventh.

Votto had a third-inning single — which he hit on the first pitch. He also had two strikeouts and a groundout.

“It was great having Joey out there,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He swung the bat pretty good considering he hadn’t played in a while. He’s going to get better every day.”

“I felt fine. My swing felt good,” Votto said. “I missed some pitches. I’m not going to say I’m rusty but it’s a little different hopping out in front of a big league pitcher than hitting batting practice and playing against A-ballers.”

Other notes:

  • Willy Taveras batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Danny Richar pinch-hit for Taveras in the ninth. In his last 26 games, Taveras is 11-for-106 (.104).

 

  • Chris Dickerson batted ninth and was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Dickerson is the Reds’ hottest hitter and is 9-for-12 over his current six-game hitting streak.

 

  • For those wondering why Ryan Hanigan goes back to sitting on the bench despite batting .325, check his clutch numbers. Besides his eight RBIs, he has a .167 average with runners in scoring position. Ramon Hernandez, who started 18 of the previous 20 games at first base while Votto was out, is a .292 hitter with runners in scoring position. Hanigan will get more chances to catch because Hernandez will need some breaks from the ever-increasing grind.

 

  • Edwin Encarnacion was the DH and went 0-for-4 on Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville during his latest rehab assignment game.

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Encarnacion starts rehab assignment

After 48 days out with a chip fracture in his left wrist, 3B Edwin Encarnacion is finally ready to face some real pitching in real games. For the time being, it will be at Triple-A Louisville, where he headed on Sunday for a rehab assignment.

Why Louisville? After Sunday and Monday’s games, the Bats have an eight-game road trip.

“That’s a pretty big step right away but at least the control will be better at Louisville,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He won’t have to worry about getting hit as badly as you do in some lower minor league places.”

Encarnacion was hitting only .127 in 19 games when he went on the disabled list April 28. So he has some work to do to get both game ready and get his stroke right again. He’s been taking BP here for a few days and was out most days taking groundballs.

After he was moved to the 60-day DL on Saturday, Encarnacion isn’t eligible for activation until next Saturday when the Reds are in Cleveland. Rehab assignments can last up to 20 days however and Baker seemed inclined to Encarnacion as much as he can to get right again.

“He hasn’t played in two months,” Baker said. “This is like going back to the beginning. It might be

worse than Spring Training. At Spring Training, you’re hitting every day most days. The pitchers

weren’t 2 1/2 months into sharpness like they are now.”

I know Reds fandom is very down on Encarnacion but his return, coupled with Joey Votto’s, will be a

boost for this team. Baker has mixed and matched a lot in the infield and the team has survived but

at some point, you need to see what can be done with the regular starting eight — and that includes

Encarnacion.

Agree or disagree?

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston 6
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hernandez 1B
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Rosales 5
Harang 1

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Gonzalez to DL, have surgery

There were a lot of festivities and preparations for the Civil Rights Game on Saturday. But there was also baseball business that had manager Dusty Baker preoccupied.

Baker was unhappy because he had to put SS Alex Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list. Gonzalez has four loose bone chips in his right elbow and will need surgery — something expected to happen on Tuesday. He will likely be out for four weeks.

“He took a swing yesterday and his arm locked up on him,” Baker said.

Infielder Danny Richar and catcher/infielder Wilkin Castillo were called up from Triple-A Louisville. As part of the transactions, left-handed starter Matt Maloney was optioned to Louisville and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. For those wondering, Encarnacion would be eligible for activation from the DL on June 27.

Maloney was 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts for the Reds, including on Thursday when he gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings during a 7-0 loss to the Braves on Thursday. Because of a scheduled off day on Monday, the Reds won’t need a fifth starter until next Saturday at Cleveland.

Jerry Hairston Jr. started at shortstop on Saturday vs. the White Sox.

While the Reds took BP today (all wearing the Frank Robinson fan giveaway throwback jersey), Gonzalez was on the top step out of the clubhouse tunnel at the end of the dugout.

“What can I say? It’s tough luck,” Gonzalez said. “I want to be out there. I missed all of last season. To be out for a while this year is tough. I have to get it done.”

“I’ll come back in the middle of July and I hope the team continues to be in the race. When I come back, I will try to do what I’ve been doing this season.”

For those counting, Gonzalez is the third starting infielder to go on the DL for an extended period this season. Encarnacion hasn’t played since April 28 because of a chip fracture in his left wrist. Joey Votto has been out with the stress issue since May 30. And the one main infielder that avoided the DL, Brandon Phillips, missed five games with a hairline fracture of his right thumb.

“Remember in Spring Training when I said in order for us to win this thing we’d need everybody?” Baker said. “I hoped I wouldn’t be right but that’s how it is.”

 

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston 6
Phillips 4
Gomes 7
Hernandez 3
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Rosales 5
Cueto 1

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Updates on JV, EV and EE

It appears that 1B Joey Votto is closer to returning. How close? Not sure. Votto is here at Great American Ball Park today and was taking batting practice and throwing on the field.

“He’s been hitting. He’s looking pretty good, a lot better,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s good to see him around.”

Votto, who has been on the 15-day day DL since May 30 with stress issues, still isn’t speaking to the media about his situation.

Before he returns to the Reds, Votto will go on a Minor League rehab assignment.

“Sometime, relatively soon,” Baker said.

RHP Edinson Volquez has increased his distances for long tossing to 95 feet. On Wednesday, he will throw 110 feet and before he gets on a mound again, will eventually get to 125 feet.

“No pain,” Volquez said. “I was worried about it. Not anymore.”

Volquez, who is on the DL with elbow tendinits, has been doing his rehab daily at Dr. Tim Kremchek’s facility and at GABP. It doesn’t sound like his return is imminent.

“We have to rebuild him back up,” Baker said. “That’s not an around the corner thing. It’s around a couple of corners.”

3B Edwin Encarnacion took 25 swings in early BP with coaches and reported no pain. After his last setback (left wrist), the club wants to make sure he has no lingering soreness before sending him out on a rehab assignment. 

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KC, the DH and Volquez news

Greetings from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City — one of the few ballparks from the 1960s and 70s that was built right (actually opened in 1973). During my American League days, this was one of my preferred places to visit. The sightlines are great, the field always looks good and of course, there are the fountains. When the weather is pleasant, it’s a nice way to watch baseball.

“It was big but it was pretty,” said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who last visited here in 1986.

The Reds last played here in 1999, and a power outage during the series opener forced a doubleheader.

 

kauffman stadium.jpgThe ‘K’ as it’s known, underwent a major $220 million renovation that was finished before this season. Although the grassy knolls in the outfield are gone — it looks fantastic. The video scoreboard is massive and they have the LED scoreboard in the fences also. The only complaint is they moved the press box a few floors up but it’s really nice.

“This field is way ahead of its time,” said Jonny Gomes, who played here often as a member of the Rays. “They just did that stuff in the outfield and guys think this park is brand new. A lot of guys that come here for the first time don’t realize it’s old.”

Gomes is the Reds’ first designated hitter of the season in Friday’s game and Baker said he would DH again Saturday.

“There’s nothing better than having a good day at the yard DHing,” said Gomes. “You work about three minutes and 30 seconds in the whole thing. On the flip side, you go crazy. There’s nothing worse than a bad day at the yard DHing when you’re just sitting on all your at-bats. It goes both ways and evens itself out.”

Gomes had 229 games logged as a DH over his previous six seasons. He batted .219 (174-for-794) as a DH but hit 33 of his 66 career home runs and drove in 108 runs in that spot.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Hernandez 3
Bruce 9
Gomes DH
Hanigan 2
Rosales 5
Maloney 1

Willy Taveras, in a career high 0-for-24 slump, was back in the leadoff spot again. Baker said it was because Taveras had experience playing the Royals in past years during Interleague play. However, Taveras was 0-for-4 in his previous meeting against KC starter Luke Hochevar.

Injury updates:

RHP Edinson Volquez (elbow tendintis) threw for the first time on Thursday back in Cincinnati since he went back on the DL on June 1. Volquez long tossed, throwing 25 balls at a distance of 60 feet. Volquez, who saw medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Wednesday, was scheduled to throw again on Friday.

“He’ll probably take a couple of days and when we get back, we’ll see where we are as far as getting him on a mound,” pitching coach Dick Pole said. “We’ll see how he feels when we get back. He said he’s had no problem with his elbow, his forearm – nothing. He felt fine.”

3B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist chip fracture) was slated to take batting practice on Friday. It was to be his first hitting since having a setback with soreness last weekend.

Hello, Bad Boy:

As expected, there was a Steve Stewart sighting here. Stewart, the Reds’ former radio voice, now does Royals games. Stewart is going to join Marty Brennaman in the booth for the second inning tonight. No doubt, Marty will light up his old partner a few times for

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Bruce rested, Baker on Taveras

Geez…did you guys ever turn out for a running blog thread in the two days I was off — one whole response — from corbi11. I’m overwhelmed, really. I think that might have the equivilent of hearing crickets. Oh well. Let’s move forward.

Corbi11 asked about Jay Bruce in that comment he posted and sure enough, Bruce is getting a day off from manager Dusty Baker on Sunday. He’s on a 2-for-32 skid, also 6-for-52, and has his batting average down to .212 with a .300 on-base percentage.

“He told me I’m going to sit with him [in the dugout] a little bit and learn some stuff,” Bruce said. “I’m going to take it in. I’ll be ready for whatever task I’m given when it comes to that time.”

Baker is a fan of stacking rest days with scheduled off days, which was why Bruce got this day off.

“It’s tough on you mentally when you’re not getting hits and you’re used to getting hits,” Baker said. “He’s been the better the last few days with pitch selection and not chasing stuff.”

Baker didn’t think the 22-year-old Bruce was putting too much pressure on himself.

“I think they’re putting pressure on him with how they’re pitching him,” Baker said. “Putting pressure on yourself has nothing to do with what you’re swinging at. He would have imploded by now.”

Bruce worked a walk that led to the winning run in the 11th inning on Saturday. After being in a 1-2 count, he fouled off two pitches and drew the free pass with a full count. He’s also had a rash of warning track drives the past couple of weeks.

“Somebody told me once that will never even out – balls hit hard vs. hits that you get,” Bruce said. “I can’t get upset about it. All I can do is hit the ball hard and let it take it’s course. The bottom line is I’m not getting any hits lately. I expect a lot out of myself and it’s been a struggle lately. I think it will be good for me in the end.”

Reds lineup:

Hairston 3B
Dickerson CF
Phillips 2B
Nix RF
Hernandez 1B
Gomes LF
Gonzalez SS
Hanigan C
Arroyo P

More news:

3B Edwin Encarnacion is going for a MRI on Monday. His left wrist is still sore after several days of taking batting practice. Encarnacion has been on the DL since April 28 because of a chip fracture in his left wrist.

As well as Dickerson has played in center field lately, someone asked Baker if Willy Taveras’ job was still safe. Baker bristled at the notion.

“I get tired of hearing that. I really do,” Baker responded. “First the season started and it was ‘how come Dickerson isn’t playing every day?’ Then Nix was doing good and it was ‘how come Nix isn’t playing every day?’ Whoever is doing good, why aren’t they playing every day? It doesn’t work like that. We’re a team. Everybody is going to play.

“It was get Hairston out of there and play Rosales because he was hot when he came up. Now [Adam] Rosales is a little colder and I don’t hear as many people hollering about playing Rosales.

“You don’t shove Willy. Willy is my center fielder. You just have to feel fortunate you have somebody like Dickerson that can play when Willy is unable to play.”

Personally, I believe that Dickerson plays center field defensively better than Taveras. But I agree with Baker’s point. Fans go hot and cold on people week to week by how they’re hitting and you can’t run a team like that, especially during a long season when you have to get 25 players through 162 games.

Post-game:

Too many innings to write a new entry. The 14-inning loss by a 6-3 score was a day about chances. The Reds were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 on base. For the three-game series, they were 3-for-31 (.097) with runners in scoring position and stranded 36 men on base over the series and batted .195 (23-for-118) as a team. 

Bruce did get a pinch-hit double in the 7th inning, by the way.

I will be covering the draft from Cincinnati, so no game updates. But I will be updating info here for the Draft, and on Twitter too.

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Maloney to pitch Saturday

The easiest to figure out secret of the week is now official. Lefty Matt Maloney will make his big league debut and pitch on Saturday vs. the Cubs. Maloney was 4-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Louisville. He had a staff leading 67 1/3 innings and 58 strikeouts.

Besides earning the call-up with his numbers, the timing was perfect for Maloney. The 25-year-old will be pitching on his normal four days rest since he dealt a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts for the Bats on Monday. Homer Bailey pitched Tuesday and it wouldn’t have been prudent to have him work on short rest.

And for people who care about uniform numbers, Maloney will be wearing No. 56.

Maloney, who calls Columbus his hometown, was acquired in the deadline period trade that sent starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to the Phillies on July 30, 2007. Considering that the Phillies didn’t go far in the playoffs that season and  Lohse is now with the Cardinals, this is a plus-deal for the Reds and former GM Wayne Krivsky — especially if he can do well in the big leagues. Maloney is far from a power pitcher and throws his fastball in the mid-to-high 80s but relies on deception and off-speed.

In Spring Training, Maloney only pitched in two games and gave up four earned runs and six hits in three innings.

Trivia: Maloney will be only the second left-hander started for the Reds in 236 games. Adam Pettyjohn was the other when he started on the last day of the 2008 season vs. the Cardinals.

Reds lineup:

Hairston Jr. 5
Dickerson 8
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Hernandez 3
Nix 7
Gonzalez 6
Hanigan 2
Harang 1

In other news, 3B Edwin Encarnacion could be close to heading out on a rehab assignment. Encarnacion was headed out to take another round on batting practice and has had no pain.

“When we get back home, they’ll check and see to where they can send me,” Encarnacion said. “When they say I’m ready, we’ll see where I am going to go. I am very excited. Now I know I can play. I feel no pain. I’m ready to go.”

Everywhere the Reds go on the road, manager Dusty Baker seems to have friends that visit his clubhouse office. On Thursday, it was former Giants starting pitcher Kirk Reuter, who lives across the border from St. Louis in Illinois. Baker wasn’t originally a fan of Reuter’s soft-tossing left-handed slop, even after he shutout the Giants in his big league debut with the Expos in 1993.

“He shut us out in his first start for Montreal. They asked me about and I said ‘we’ll see where he is in five years,'” Baker said. “In five years, he was playing for me.” (laughter, lots of it) He won some big games. He was a guy that could throw 90 pitches, 80 fastballs, and win.”

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Volquez ready, Encarnacion update

RHP Edinson Volquez is ready to pitch again, really really ready to pitch. Volquez will come off the DL on Monday to start against the Cardinals.

“Oh man, I can’t wait. It’s been two weeks,” Volquez said.

Volquez hasn’t pitched since mid-back spasms had him leave his May 16 start at San Diego. After waiting a few days, he was placed on the DL for the first time in his career. Since then, he’s practically lived in a pool, where’s he done much of his rehab in water.

“No more, I quit,” Volquez said of his pool workouts. “You have to work double. It was my first time on the DL. I didn’t know it would be like that. Early to the ballpark and work more than everybody.”

That’s exactly what manager Dusty Baker had in mind.

“That’s how you want them, tired,” Baker said. “You want guys to refrain from going on the DL. That’s how it was in San Francisco. They worked a lot harder on DL than they did off the DL. If you go on the DL, you have to work.”

Volquez threw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Saturday without any soreness.

A corresponding roster move will come either after Sunday’s game, or be announced on Monday.

3B Edwin Encarnacion is still a ways away from returning to the lineup.

“Edwin is going to at least be a couple of more weeks,” Baker said. “He was hitting .127 when he left so he has to go get some at-bats. I already talked to him about it. I said I’d rather you over ready when you come back than under ready. We can’t and he can’t afford to struggle when you get back.”

Encarnacion hit soft tosses in the cage for the third-straight day and is expected to take batting practice on the field this week in St. Louis. After that, it’s a rehab assignment. Encarnacion has been on the DL April 28 with a chip fracture in his left wrist.

“I never thought it would be this long,” Encarnacion said. “I have to make sure I’m 100 percent when I go back in.”

CF Willy Taveras was out for the second-straight start with a sore right hamstring. Chris Dickerson started in his place. Here is the (late for me to post) lineup.

Dickerson CF
Hairston 3B
Bruce RF
Phillips 2B
Nix LF
Hernandez 1B
Gonzalez SS
Hanigan C
Owings P

Volquez ready

So…I’m sitting at my usual seat in the GABP press box and looking out at what unfortunately has become a familiar site on the field — the tarp. Yes, it’s raining as I type this at 5:24 p.m. ET. We’re told that the weather will move through and the game will be played. We’ve already slogged through a two-hour, three minute delay on Monday and the 39-minute delay before Tuesday’s game started. Yeesh.

PhotoQ052709Q002.jpgRHP Edinson Volquez (back spasms) had a good bullpen session Wednesday and is on scheduled to come off the DL on Monday. That will also be the day he starts vs. the Cardinals in St. Louis.

“No pain. I feel better and I think I’m ready to go right now,” Volquez said. “Today was my day I would pitch in a game. I wasn’t even counting. I was just throwing like crazy. [Dick Pole] told me afterwards it was 78 pitches. I threw all of my pitches.”

Had there not been rain, 3B Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) would have taken grounders for the first time since going on the DL. Encarnacion is still hitting off of a tee but is planning on taking regular batting practice this weekend when he’s with the team in Milwaukee.

“I never expected it would be this long,” said Encarnacion, who has been out since April 28 with the chip fracture in his left wrist. “This is my second time in a month I’ve had my glove on. The first time was yesterday. That’s never happened before.”

2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) was to take full batting practice. Phillips is still a good bet to be back in the lineup on Friday.

C Ramon Hernandez is getting a break tonight, even though he’s been hitting well.

“I think he needs it bad,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’ll get two [with Thursday’s off day]. He’s beat up pretty good. He’s been playing more than we wanted him to but he’s been so hot with the bat, No. 1. No. 2, we wanted to make sure Hanigan was over with what he’s beat up with. It’s pretty timely.”

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston 2B
Votto 1B
Nix LF
Bruce RF
Gonzalez SS
Rosales 3B
Hanigan C
Arroyo P

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