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That's one unique Reds lineup

I can imagine Monday afternoon’s lineup vs. HOU will have the masses a little perplexed. Here it is first:

Taveras CF
Hairston 2B
Dickerson LF
Gomes RF
Hernandez C
Gonzalez SS
Rosales 1B
Janish 3B
Harang P

“We have the shock troop lineup a little bit,” manager Dusty Baker said.

RF Jay Bruce is in a 0-for-13 skid and his average is down to .228. Although Bruce has come close to hitting a couple of long balls, he’s been chasing a lot of bad pitches lately.

I think he really needs it even though we can’t afford him to be off,” Baker said. “We can’t afford him not to be off either. I’m giving him a mental day off.”

Joey Votto pinch hit Sunday (drew a four-pitch walk) but is still not fully over his inner ear infection. Believe it or not, Brandon Phillips (fractured right thumb) , swung a bat already.

“He swung today off the tee,” Baker said. “A little sore, a little swollen but that’s pretty good though. Maybe he can be ready in a couple of days or ready by Milwaukee. Wow, is right.”

Catcher Ryan Hanigan is a little beat up from a bunch of foul tips lately and general catcher soreness. So he’s not in there. There is your Reds lineup for Monday. Savor the flavor.

More news:

3B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist fracture, DL) was about to go hit off a tee Monday morning.

“It’s been a long time for me. I’ve never had to wait that long to swing,” Encarnacion said. “It’s feeling a lot better. It’s getting strong and I’m working hard to get it stronger.”

LHP Bill Bray visited the clubhouse for the first time since his Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Bray was sporting the large metal brace and wrap over his left arm. Bray will be out 10-12 months and is aiming to pitching again in games by April 1, 2010.

Before the surgery, Bray had started long tossing and was working in his first bullpen session while coming back from what was originally deemed an elbow strain.

“I had gotten out to 120 feet with no problem,” Bray said. “Something wasn’t really wrong until I got into the bullpen two weeks ago. As soon as I got on the mound, I threw five pitches and each pitch after that started to hurt worse.”

Bray, who has been beset by numerous arm injuries the past couple of seasons, had a good attitude about his situation.

“The more I think about it, the more I’m thankful for our trainers and physical therapists and Doc Kremchek,” Bray said. “Thirty years ago, I would have been done. It’s a blessing we have the technology to keep me on the field even though I’ve been injury plagued. I would have been done so long ago.”

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Why Ramirez and not Viola?

RHP Ramon Ramirez arrived today to take Nick Masset’s place on the 25-man roster. Some people were wondering why Ramirez, who was 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA, was promoted when a guy like lefty Pedro Viola wasn’t. Viola is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA but he wasn’t on the 40-man roster and Ramirez was.

“We threw around Viola,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s doing pretty good. He’s a little inconsistent. He’s coming fast but we would have had to take a chance on losing someone by taking them off [the 40-man roster] in order to get Viola on. There were no names we could come up with.

“Then we said if it’s not Viola, which righties get lefties out best right now? So it was Ramon. Plus, he’s had a taste of the big leagues. He’s relieved, started, gone long and done lots of things. And he pitched well for us last year.”

Viola probably didn’t help himself by allowing four earned runs and three walks over a third of an inning during his last outing on May 15. Ramirez, who will be a swing man out of the Reds bullpen, has allowed three runs on eight hits over his last 15 innings. He threw a career-high eight innings on May 10.

Here is the adjusted rotation, which puts several guys back on their fifth day after the havoc in San Diego.

Weds: Harang
Thu:  Owings
Fri: Volquez
Sat. Arroyo
Sun: Cueto

Edinson Volquez, who had back spasms on Saturday, isn’t a lock yet. But he seemed to be doing OK today.

“We’ll see. I hope so,” Baker said.

1B Joey Votto (dizziness) is still out of the lineup. Votto and head trainer Mark Mann were still at a 2 p.m. doctor appointment. I will update later when I know something.

LATE UPDATE: No real news on Votto. He has more doctor appointments scheduled and he wasn’t talking. Here is the link to the story:

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090519&content_id=4817358&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

3B Edwin Encarnacion (left wrist chip fracture) has started swinging with one hand. No timetable yet on a return.

Monday’s Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston 3B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Rosales 1B
McDonald LF
Gonzalez SS
Cueto P

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Happy Mother's Day

Good Sunday morning and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms that might be reading (or not).

The Reds are still without Joey Votto (flu) and are running the same starting eight in order from last night.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston SS
Bruce RF
Phillips 2B
Nix LF
Hernandez 1B
Rosales 3B
Hanigan C
Volquez P

News you can use:

Votto probably could have played, manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday morning.

“He’s close. He’s real close,” Baker said. “If we weren’t play so well, he’d be in there for sure. I figured this way he can get all of his strength back.”

Votto will definitely be back on Monday at Arizona.

Alex Gonzalez (oblique) took more groundballs this morning and looked pretty good fielding and throwing. He said he has yet to hit.

Edwin Encarnacion (chip fracture, left wrist) is continuing to progress but isn’t doing much baseball activity.

“He’s working hard. We’ve been rolling him groundballs and he’s throwing them across the field,” Baker said. “He’ll probably in better shape when he gets back. He can’t do much baseball stuff. He can’t hit or really field but he can throw, run and workout.”

Encarnacion, who made the previous road trip, will also be making the trip to the west coast to continue working out with the team.

Lots of players will be swinging pink bats today in honor of breast cancer awareness/Mother’s Day — including Hernandez, Phillips, Bruce, Taveras just to name a few.

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Historically good pitching

Sorry for not hanging a “gone fishing” sign up while I was out for a couple of days. I skipped the Florida series but had to catch a flight home from Pittsburgh Sunday right after the game.

Here is a note from the Elias Sports Bureau about some splendid Reds pitching:

For only the third time in the live-ball era, the Reds have posted four team shutouts over a six-game span…the starting pitchers in those shutouts were Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto and Volquez again…starters in the previous 2 instances were Elmer Riddle, Johnny Vander Meer, Joe Beggs and Vander Meer in 1943, followed in 1970 by Gary Nolan, Jim McGlothlin, Jim Merritt and Nolan.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston 3B
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
McDonald LF
Hanigan C
Janish SS
Arroyo P

News you can use:

SS Alex Gonzalez (strained left oblique) was re-examined on Wednesday. The Reds are holding off putting Gonzalez on the DL for now.

“He’s better today than he was yesterday,” manager Dusty Baker said. “At this point, if he keeps improving over the next couple of days, we might not have to DL him. I know [going on the DL] is not what he would like after being on the DL a year and a half. But we’ll get to a point when we’ll have to make a decision on his progress.”

If Gonzalez does go on the DL in a few days, it can be made retroactive to Tuesday if he doesn’t appear in a game. Paul Janish and Jerry Hairston Jr. will fill in. Part of the issue if Gonzalez does go on the DL is there aren’t many infielders lighting it up at Triple-A Louisville. Chris Valaika is batting .176, Danny Richar is hitting .213. Neither are on the 40-man roster. Drew Sutton made his Louisville debut yesterday after being out with mono and went 1-for-4.

3B Edwin Encarnacion (small chip fracture, left wrist) had his cast removed today. He was placed in a removeable splint that he’ll likely wear for at least one week.

More on the pitching: The Reds’ 3.61 team ERA is best in the National League. The last time this team finished a season leading in ERA was 1940.

The Reds reached six shutouts last night in their 26th game, their fastest to six shutouts since the 1914 Reds threw their sixth shutout in their 25th game. They had six shutouts during all of the 2008 season.

“I am just trying to stay the heck away,” pitching coach Dick Pole said. “They’re having fun right now and it’s not up to me to cramp their style. Let them keep enjoying what’s going on.”

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Encarnacion to DL, Rosales recalled

A little breaking news for you: 3B Edwin Encarnacion is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a small chip fracture in his left wrist. IF Adam Rosales was recalled from Triple-A Louisville and will be here sometime tonight.

In the previous post, Encarnacion was listed in the lineup and batting seventh. Dusty Baker scratched him when it was decided he should see Dr. Kremchek and get tested. Encarnacion has also been bothered by a sore right shoulder.

Jerry Hairston is starting at third base tonight. Darnell McDonald will bat seventh and play left field.

It was believed that Encarnacion suffered the injury during a swing in his final plate appearance on Monday vs. the Astros. An MRI exam on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the fracture. He will be in a cast for one week before being re-evaluated.

“You never know until you do extensive tests,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We don’t know if he did it on the last swing yesterday or before. I know I saw him wince after his last at-bat.”

Encarnacion was in a 0-for-12 skid and 1-for-his-last 28.

Also — Chris Dickerson was feeling better today after his head-to-head collision with Tejada last night but isn’t expected to return to action until Friday. Dickerson was awaiting results from testing he did on his vision, reaction time and depth perception.

“I feel fine,” Dickerson said. “There is no dizziness. There is still a little bit of a headache. The mental processing is a little bit hazy, I noticed during that test.”

New Reds lineup:

Taveras 8, Hairston 5, Votto 3, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Hernandez 2, McDonald 7, Gonzalez 6, Harang 1

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Game started on time after the rain moved out. 

Reds vs. Astros 4/28/09

The tarp is on the field at GABP and it’s been raining most of the day in the area. Showers and thunderstorms are in the evening forecast. If there is a window in the forecast to play, I’m sure the Reds decision makers will wait for it.

After getting clocked in the head last night during the Tejada collision, Chris Dickerson isn’t starting today. But that likely has as much to do with Astros using a lefty starting pitcher in Wandy Rodriguez. Dickerson was scheduled for more tests today after feeling woozy last night. Struggling Edwin Encarnacion was dropped from sixth to seventh. Encarnacion is on a 0-for-12 skid and is 1-for-his-last-28.

More details later when I have it.

After the 7-3 road trip, the Reds really need these last two games vs. the Astros so they can finish 3-3 on the homestand.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston  LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Encarnacion 3B
Gonzalez SS
Harang P

Minor League news from the Reds’ Jamie Ramsey:

IF Adam Rosales (Louisville) last night vs. Indianapolis collected 3 more hits to lift his batting average to .426…he’s currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 16 of his games…since 8/3/08, he’s reached base safely in 27 straight games he’s played for Louisville…he ranks among IL leaders in most all offensive categories.

Daryl Thompson (5.2ip, 4h, 3r, 1bb, 1hr) earned his first victory, at any level, since 7/13/08…Robert Manuel with 2.0 perfect innings of relief … Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam yesterday for Class A Sarasota.

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Phillips not cleaning up

The 0-for-21 skid of Brandon Phillips was too glaring not to notice and Dusty Baker made a lineup change for Wednesday. Phillips went from fourth to sixth in the order and switched places with Edwin Encarnacion.

Here is the full Reds lineup:

Taveras, cf
Hairston, lf
Votto, 1b
Encarnacion, 3b
Bruce, rf
Phillips, 2b
Hernandez, c
Gonzalez, ss
Cueto, rhp

“I just want to take a little pressure off of Brandon. We’ve all been there,” Baker said.

On top of that, Phillips came in 1-for-19 lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly. Encarnacion is 5-for-18.

“I told him ‘hey, man you start banging again, we’ll move you back up,’” Baker said. “For a couple of days at least here, we’ll go with this.”

Phillips is batting .143 overall while Encarnacion isn’t faring much better, coming in batting .175. But something had to be done to try and mix things up.

Off day musings

Greetings from downtown Houston where I’m getting my bearings after landing on my flight from Milwaukee. Since I’m supposed to be “off” today, I will pose a few questions to you and hope you respond. Go ahead and sign in so you can comment. I know it’s an extra step but it really doesn’t hurt, trust me.

The Reds are 4-4 after eight games. Are you happy with that?

What’s your biggest surprise and disappointment?

Has anything you’ve seen encouraged or discouraged you about the bulk of the season ahead?

I know that’s a lot to ask for when only eight games have been played.

Some early trends:

The Reds offense is ranked 16th out of 16 NL teams with a .222 team average.

The Reds are fourth in walks with 40 and eighth in team OBP with .333. They are 12th in runs scored.

Joey Votto is hitting very well (.387, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .457 OBP) and Willy Taveras has done a good job of getting on base (.462 OBP) and creating some havoc. Edwin Encarnacion (eight walks) and Brandon Phillips (seven walks) are getting on base a lot. Jay Bruce and Alex Gonzalez haven’t looked good at the plate.

The focus of my off-day story is pitching, namely the rotation. Although counted on to be the biggest strength of the team, it has yet to get into a groove. There have been just two quality starts. It has pitched five innings or fewer four times and into the seventh twice. It came into Thursday ranked 10th out of 16 National League teams with a 4.82 ERA, eighth with 46 2/3 innings pitched and ninth in strikeouts with 37. The staff’s overall ERA is 5.32, also ranked 10th.

Only Aaron Harang has had two decent outings and Bronson Arroyo has had one. Edinson Volquez hasn’t looked good and Johnny Cueto and Micah Owings have had one uneven outing each.

Lastly, the Reds are facing Astros main nemesis Roy Oswalt on Friday. I would love to be a fly on the wall during the coaching staff’s meeting with the advance scout about to handle Oswalt. In 28 games vs. the Reds, including 26 starts, Oswalt is 23-1 with a 2.47 ERA lifetime and was 4-0 last season. How do you like the Reds’ chances with Cueto?

Discuss, please.

3-3 record.

The Reds scored seven runs on just three hits and had six hits overall for a 7-6 win over the Brewers.

The highlights:

  • Edwin Encarnacion sucked all the noise out Miller Park with a big grand slam in the six-run Reds’ third inning after Milwaukee had taken a 5-1 lead after two innings.

“It hit the perfect spot on my bat. I knew right away the ball was gone,” Encarnacion said.

  • All of the Reds third-inning runs came after having two outs and nobody on.
  • As mentioned in the earlier post, Jay Bruce has grappled lately with his timing. Bruce hit a high fastball for a solo homer in the second inning.

“I found something I was doing last year that I’m doing a little different this year,” Bruce said. “I think I have to get back to my game, myself. Doing what I was doing really helps. It had to do with timing. It wasn’t necessarily gone but not as consistent as I wanted it to be.”

  • The bullpen came up solid again. In the seventh, Arthur Rhodes gave up back-to-back one-out singles but escaped with a double play. David Weathers gave up a two-out triple and two walks to load the bases but also kept the Brewers down.
  • The Reds have won three of their last four to climb back to a 3-3 record. It was a good win to get on the first day of an 11-day, 10-game marathon road trip.
  • It overshadowed another shaky outing by Edinson Volquez, who threw 99 pitches over five innings and gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Volquez has a 9.64 ERA and 13 hits allowed through 9 1/3 innings and two starts. His eight walks are tied for the National League lead and he’s already allowed three homers after giving up 14 all of last season.

“Edinson wasn’t sharp but he gave us all he had,” manager Dusty Baker said.

  • In the first inning, Volquez was late covering first base on a double play ball and it cost him the first run of the game.

“I’m going to get fined for that,” Volquez said.

  • Volquez gave up Corey Hart’s three-run homer in the second that made it 5-1, Brewers. But the pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the fourth.

“I was confident,” Volquez said. “I looked at them and [thought] ‘I’m going to get those guys outs.”

“Edinson has a way of getting into trouble and getting out of trouble,” Baker said. “That was huge because they could have blasted that game open.”

 “We knew we were behind but we never got our heads down,” Encarnacion said. “We have to keep our head up and keep going. We knew the game was early. That’s why we have to play aggressive every inning. You never know what can happen in this game.”

Saturday matinee, it wasn't pretty

The sun is shining. Ball will be played. This is good.

Slightly different lineup vs. Pirates LHP Paul Maholm.

Taveras CF, Hairston LF, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Encarnacion 3B, Bruce RF, Hernandez C, Gonzalez SS, Cueto.

Dusty Baker flip-flopped Jay Bruce with Edwin Encarnacion.

“Maholm is tough on lefties,” Baker said. “It will take a little pressure off of Jay. He’s struggling some. It just depends on who the left-hander is. It’s no slight on Jay.”

  • As mentioned last night, fifth starter Micah Owings (originally slated to pitch today) will work from the bullpen for a few days and will start on Wednesday at Milwaukee. But it will more challenging for Baker to use Owings as a pinch-hitter.

“Now I have to be more careful when I use him as a pinch-hitter now,” Baker said. “Unless I’m going to bring him into a game or something, then you have to figure out how to warm him up and then come in to pinch-hit. It’s much like what Milwaukee did with Brooks Kieschnick. I will call upon my memory on how they did it because I’ve never had that situation.”

  • Outfielder Chris Dickerson hasn’t had a fun week, despite turning 27 on Friday. Dickerson hasn’t played much because the Reds have faced three lefties, including Maholm on Saturday, and his Friday start was wiped out by the rain. On top of that, Dickerson got clocked in the head by a revolving glass door this morning at his hotel. He was sporting a bandage above his right eye.

“My ‘real’ story is I hit my head on the rim during a celebrity slam dunk contest,” Dickerson said.

“Don’t play. Birthday and then get beat up the door at the hotel. Three lefties and a rain out. As we would say, ‘hang with ‘em.’”

POSTGAME jottings from a 10-2 beating to the Pirates:

Baker was pretty livid after the game, especially with the ending. Jay Bruce got doubled off first base when he took off on contact with one out. Ramon Hernandez wound up flying out deep to center field.

some quotes from Baker:

“It’s hard to take when you make mental mistakes like that. You know when you have a young, young team, you know you’re going to make some mistakes. You just hope they’re not game costing or game ending mistakes. We constantly remind them how many outs there are. These are things you should know. Like in all sports, you run with your head up.”

quotes from Bruce:

“I don’t know what I was thinking. I wasn’t. There is absolutely no excuse for that. It was a lack of focus and I have to do a better job. Who knows if we would have won or not but that’s not even giving my team a chance.”

“One out down nine runs, my run doesn’t mean anything first of all. I just have to give us a chance and I didn’t. I have to have more focus and more concentration. I had nothing.”

“Off the bat I didn’t think he was going to catch it. That’s no reason to take off to the races like that. You’ve got to know the outs and be in position to do both. I just wasn’t paying attention. It was ridiculous and embarrassing. It can’t happen again, that’s for sure. I have to do a better job.”

More postgame news you can use:

  • Joey Votto said he was fine after Saturday’s game after a painful home plate collision in the fourth inning on Saturday. Votto was thrown out trying to score from second on Edwin Encarnacion’s single when his left knee crashed hard into catcher Ryan Doumit’s spikes. Votto, who ripped his pants, was hobbling for several moments but remained in the game.
  • Daniel Herrera was better his second time out but still paid for a walk. Herrera issued a one-out walk to Nyjer Morgan, who stole second and scored on Nate McLouth’s RBI blooped single. Herrera struck out the side, too, including Freddy Sanchez on a 62 mph screwball.
  • Mike Lincoln has three relief appearances in the books and two of them have been pretty lousy. While working the top of the ninth on Saturday, Lincoln gave up five runs and three hits, which included back-to-back homers — Ryan Doumit’s grand slam and Adam LaRoche’s homer. Lincoln also allowed three walks. In his 2 1/3 innings, Lincoln has a 34.71 ERA with nine earned runs allowed, six hits and six walks.
  • After 15 runs over the previous two game, the offense was on sabbatical with only three singles off Paul Maholm. Owings’ PH double in the eighth off John Grabow was the only Reds extra base hit.
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