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Isringhausen close to signing

*The Reds are going to sign free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal soon after they watched him throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.

“I think we’ll get it done in the next day or so,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said on Wednesday.

Isringhausen still has to complete his physical before signing. He’ll likely go to

*When Micah Owings pitched on Tuesday and allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the sixth, it was his first action in 16 days. Owings was sent to Triple-A Louisville so he can start and get some more innings.

“It’s not his fault or anybody’s fault,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Our starters have been going so deep. There wasn’t really a need the last two weeks for a long man. And you have to hold him back for those close games and extra innings. There’s a handful of those or more.

“I remember Bob Quinn told me years ago that pitchers rust out before they wear out. That’s a prime example of that.”

*It looks like Ramon Hernandez will come off the DL tomorrow. The plan is to have him play first base so Joey Votto can get a rest. Ryan Hanigan will catch the series opener Friday at Houston and Hernandez is slated to catch on Saturday.

*Homer Bailey threw between 45-50 pitches over three innings during a simulated game Wednesday. Jocketty, Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price were watching. Paul Janish, Corky Miller and Laynce Nix were the hitters.

“It went pretty good,” Bailey said. “My curveball, split and fastball were pretty good. The slider was a little off. It’s kind of always the last one to come for me.”

*If Bailey still feels OK Thursday, the plan is for him to start a rehab assignment on Monday when he starts for Class A Dayton.

*Aaron Harang (back spasms) went to the chriropractor today for another adjustment and said “today is a really good day.” He’s been doing rehab and treatment and walking on a treadmill. He tried throwing a bullpen session during the All-Star break but shut it down because he didn’t feel right. There is no ETA on when he’ll resume throwing or return to the club.

*There is nothing new with Scott Rolen. The club is trying to wait out his sore right hamstring as long as possible.

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Monday vs. Philadelphia

Monday lineup vs. PHI

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

*Dusty Baker said the club has not decided on a starter for Thursday against the Cubs. “Soon,” Baker said.

I think it will be Travis Wood, who has a 2.82 ERA over his last 10 starts and a 0.63 ERA over his last four starts. He last pitched on Friday and worked eight scoreless innings.

*Homer Bailey (right should inflammation) threw for the first time today since he was shut down over two weeks ago. Bailey threw on flat ground and made 30 throws from 60 feet. He will increase the intensity and distance each day.

“When you don’t throw for two weeks and all of a sudden throw, it’s kind of like sitting on the couch for a long time and then walking,” Bailey said Monday. “The first few steps you’re like ‘oh man.’ After that, it’s all right, I’m good. It was pain free. Everything was nice and loose. Granted, it’s only day one but definitely they’re good signs.”

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgeries) is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday but that’s not even close to happening. Dickerson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville got scrubbed last week when he was sore following batting practice, got a cortisone shot in his wrist Sunday.

“It’s sore today and hopefully some of that point from the shot will go away and I can start swinging again tomorrow,” Dickerson said. “It’s not exactly following the plan of being out four-to-six weeks. I’ve talked with specialists from all disciplines and when you get into the wrist, it’s very delicate. And it can be very touchy sometimes.”

*Baker will have a deeper bullpen with Bill Bray joining fellow lefties Arthur Rhodes and Daniel Ray Herrera. The Phillies starting lineup tonight features four lefty hitters and two switch hitters. A fifth lefty is on the bench.

“It’s not a luxury. It’s something I think is a necessity at this point,” Baker said. “If your lefties are getting lefties out, that’s when the luxury comes in. Boy, do they have some lefties.”

*Through three games of his rehab assignment at Louisville, Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-11 (.091). Hanigan is scheduled to DH for the third time tonight in the game at Norfolk.

*After this series, the Reds don’t play again at Great American Ball Park until they open the second half of the season on July 16 vs Colorado…the 15 days without a home game is the Reds’ longest since a 15-day stretch from May 31-June 14, 2001.

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The Ohio Cup, part deux

Friday lineup vs. CLE

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

*Orlando Cabrera is 8-for-60 in his last 15 games, including a current 0-for-18 slide. He is out of the leadoff spot for now. 

“At-bats are piling up for Cabrera,” Dusty Baker said. “Maybe getting some non at-bats, some sac bunts, some hit-and-runs and different things will take some pressure off him.”

Cabrera has a better chance to break out tonight since he  is 7-for-18 (.389) in his career vs. Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey.

“I know but when you’re not going good, track record don’t mean nothing,” Baker said. “He had a good track record against some of the guys on the road too.”

Baker was asked if the just-signed Gary Matthews Jr. could eventually fill the leadoff role.

“Matthews has got to get his act together first,” Baker said. “How do you do that without your act being together? Matthews is going to Triple-A to get his act together. If his act was together, he’d be playing somewhere and probably leading off.”

*Ryan Hanigan was 0-for-2 Thursday as the DH in his first rehab assignment game for Triple-A Louisville.

*Homer Bailey (right shoulder inflammation) said he is going to resume a throwing program on Monday — nothing too intensive at first however.

“I feel like I can probably start throwing now,” Bailey said. “I feel pretty good. But we have this plan working. It seems to be going pretty well. We’ll take our time and stick with it.”

*Reliever Mike Lincoln (strained right side muscle) hoped to begin throwing by next week.

*Tonight is Irish Heritage Night, so the Reds are donning green caps for the game vs. the Indians.

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On to Oakland

Monday lineup vs. OAK

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

Leake RHP

 

*Edinson Volquez’s next start for Triple-A Louisville was moved back to Wednesday, instead of Tuesday.

“We gave him an extra day because of the added pitch count,” Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said. Volquez is likely to throw 90 pitches in the game against Toledo.

*Homer Bailey (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to begin a throwing program by the time the Reds get home from this trip. Lessard said that Bailey’s shoulder exercise program has been intensified.

*Catcher Ryan Hanigan (fractured left thumb) did catching and blocking drills early this afternoon and later caught Johnny Cueto’s side bullpen session.

“It went very good,” Hanigan said.

*Chris Dickerson went to Louisville to take batting practice. He has not yet begun a rehab assignment. Dickerson just wanted to swing against real pitching, rather than a machine while the team was out of town.

*Orlando Cabrera gets a break today. Cabrera is 8-for-50 (.160) in 13 games since July 6 when he hurt his right ankle. He’s also 2-for-his-last 22. Dusty Baker had Cabrera for a short meeting in his office today. Baker thinks that Cabrera has been making great contact but had little luck.

“A lot of times, people just see how many hits you’ve got. They don’t see how you’ve hit the ball,” Baker said. “Jay [Bruce] was our hard-luck guy earlier and he’s been our hard-luck guy the last 10 days or two weeks. He’s been hitting the ball on the nose and has nothing to show for it all over the field. I said ‘keep swinging. Sometimes the numbers are deceiving. If you keep hitting the ball hard, you’ve got action.”

*Speaking of Bruce, he is 4-for-25 (also .160) in his last seven games and getting a break.

*I said hello to former Reds INF Adam Rosales during batting practice.  Rosales asked me if I had any Skyline Chili before making the trip. During his time in Cincinnati, I unsuccessfully encouraged him to give Skyline a try but he never made it there before the trade to Oakland.

*It’s funny how the Reds can’t seem to get three facets of the game — hitting, starting pitching and bullpen — clicking at the same time. The bullpen is finally getting it together just as the hitting takes leave. Reds relievers didn’t allow a run in any of the last four games (8 1/3 innings) and have a 0.79 ERSA over the last five games (11 1/3 innings).

*Despite the offensive void of the past weekend, the Reds remain the National League’s best team in hitting with a .274 average. They also lead the Majors with a .291 average with runners in scoring position.

*Although they came up empty against Ryan Rowland-Smith of the Mariners Sunday, the Reds are encountering another struggling pitcher in the A’s Gio Gonzalez. The lefty is 6-5 with a 4.21 ERA but is 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts in June while opponents have batted .314. He has also issued 39 walks, which is tied for third most in the American League.

*Interesting to see that the Blue Jays designated former Reds 3B Edwin Encarnacion for assignment on Monday. He was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday after batted .200 with nine homers and 22 RBIs. How does that Scott Rolen trade look to you now?

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Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

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

*With Micah Owings working last night and giving up five runs in 1 1/3 innings, there isn’t any long guy in waiting should the need arise. Dusty Baker is prepared to mix and match — but obviously he was thinking more optimistic before Wednesday’s game.

“C’mon Leake,” Baker said.

*The blowout loss on Tuesday didn’t otherwise burn out the bullpen as much as it could have. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched out of his usual situational role and worked 1 2/3 innings in what was essentially mop-up relief.

“We used Daniel as long as we did to save Ondrusek. We saved Arthur. We saved Masset. Smith threw only one inning,” Baker said. “You hate to sacrifice anybody but sometimes you have to take one for the team.”

*I talked to Homer Bailey, who is pretty mellow these days despite enduring one of the things he loathes the most — inactivity. Bailey, who has been on the DL since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation — was originally pushing hard to get back but has since realized it’s not in his long-term best interests.

“You can mope and be angry about it or just be patient and do everything right,” Bailey said. “I’m trying to have the best attitude I can and get everything done right.”

*Baker usually has a goatee but was clean-shaven on Wednesday. He was also wearing a new pair of black wristbands. Apparently, he is not above superstition after a 12-0 loss.

“I’ve got different colors,” Baker said. “I remember one time when I was with the Giants, we had a three-game series with the Cubs and Billy Williams noticed it. He goes ‘man, you’re about to run out of colors, aren’t you?’ I think we had lost four or five in a row.”

*Batting practice started a little later than normal today. Position players held a closed-door meeting that lasted around 30 minutes. No word on what was discussed.

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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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A break for Cabrera

Thu lineup vs. SF

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

Dusty Baker said last night that Cabrera would get today off. It was decided even before Cabrera’s four hit game. He did not mind at all.

“I’m an old man,” Cabrera said. “We just want to keep everybody sharp. Janish is a big piece of this team. We have to keep him sharp too.”

*The last time Brandon Phillips led off a game was April 13, 2007. This is his 12th career appearance batting first (10-for-45, .222, 3 HR, five RBIs)

*No decision has been made about Sunday’s start between Homer Bailey and Sam LeCure. Bailey has a bullpen session scheduled for Friday. He said there has been no ill-effects from his rehab assignment start for Louisville on Tuesday.

“I was sore but in all the good places. Nothing struck me as out of the ordinary,” Bailey said.

Bailey’s line vs. Syracuse was 4 1/3 innings with five earned runs and six hits allowed while throwing 86 pitches. He and the club said the outing went better than the line reflected.

“It felt, not new, but I didn’t get off the mound for two weeks. To get out there like that, it felt good,” Bailey said. “There were a few balls hit in just the perfect places that allowed runners to move over and stuff like that.”

Meanwhile, LeCure was preparing himself to pitch Sunday — just in case.

“I’ll just go about it like I am,” LeCure said. “If they tell me I am, I will be ready. I’m not too worried about it.”

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Postgame extra: questions?!

The good from the 3-0 Reds loss to the Giants on Tuesday –

Sam LeCure gave the Reds the kind of start they needed, but it wasn’t enough against Matt Cain’s seven-hit shutout. LeCure allowed one run over six innings on Juan Uribe’s long homer in the fourth.

Arthur Rhodes  — another two-thirds scoreless when he got the final out of the seventh and the first out of the eighth. That’s 26 scoreless appearances in a row for 23 1/3 innings.

The decision for Sunday’s start – Bailey or LeCure?

During his rehab start at Triple-A Louisville, Homer Bailey pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs and six hits vs. Syracuse while throwing 86 pitches. The rotation spot’s turn comes up again Sunday.

LeCure is 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in his three starts. In his 17 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 17 hits and 12 walks with 12 strikeouts. He’s also faced Chris Carpenter and Matt Cain in his two losses.

“It remains to be seen. We have to check that out,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a little too early right now after this loss to come up with that kind of answer.”

The not so good —

*It was another lousy night for the non-Arthur Rhodes portion of the bullpen. Logan Ondrusek got two outs in the seventh before allowing a double and a walk. That forced Baker to turn to Rhodes again.

*After Rhodes, Nick Masset had two outs in the eighth and gave up two runs on three hits and a four-pitch walk. The eighth and ninth hitters — Bengie Molina and Matt Cain — drove in the insurance runs that turned a one-run game into a three-run game on ice.

“We just have to figure out which guys, other than Arthur, can do what they’re supposed to do,” Baker said. “If not, we’re going to kill Arthur.”

*In 31 games, Masset has a 7.20 ERA and has given up 20 earned runs in 25 innings. It equaled his earned runs allowed from all of last season when he pitched 76 innings over 54 games.

Questions of the night —

*Who’s your starter for Sunday — Bailey or LeCure?

*What’s the answer for the Reds bullpen? Could Bailey or LeCure move into a relief role or is there another fix? There really isn’t a lot of consistent work being done down in Louisville’s bullpen either.

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Bailey to pitch for Louisville

Sam LeCure will still start Tuesday’s game vs. the Giants. Homer Bailey has been sent on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville and will start Tuesday at Syracuse.

“He had a real good ‘pen the other day. This is more of a tune-up,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I’d rather have him tune-up there than tune-up here.  He thought he was ready for here but we wanted to make sure.”

Baker anticipated that Bailey would be limited to around 80 pitches. Bailey’s next turn for the Reds would come again on Sunday vs. the Royals but there was no committment that he would be activated from the disabled list.

“Let’s get through Tuesday first. He’s champing at the bit, that’s good,” Baker said. “A lot depends on Homer. A lot depends on how LeCure pitches this time.”

Bailey went on the DL May 24 with right shoulder inflammation and was eligible to be activated Tuesday. 

Baker was also anticipating a tough four-game series against the Giants this week. Their first three starters — Zito, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez all have ERAs at 2.78 or under.

“It’s no secret. They’ve got one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and we’re not even facing [Tim] Lincecum,” Baker said. “We have to play good baseball. The chances are we probably won’t have a bunch of scoring opportunities. So we have to capitalize on that, stay away from the big inning against them and just play good baseball. Play the way we’ve been playing and better.”

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Bullpen help, Votto back

The Reds have bullpen reinforcements for Tuesday’s game vs. STL.

RHP Mike Lincoln went to the disabled list with a straight right latissimus dorsi muscle (on his side). RHP Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Both guys got pummeled yesterday and Lincoln allowed 12 runs over his last 7 2/3 innings. 

Recalled from Louisville were relievers Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek

1B Joey Votto is back in the Reds lineup as well…

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

*Dusty Baker said that Lincoln had been dealing with this injury for a while.

“He doesn’t complain, alibi or cry about anything,” Baker said. “Last year, he had that neck problem. He had been on the DL so much in his career, that’s the last thing he wanted to do. When he gets healthy, he still has good stuff.”

*Ondrusek had eight of his last 10 outings at Louisville be scoreless but was roughed up for four runs in the two other games. He believed he made some adjustments to be back better this time.

“It’s just making sure I’m locating the fastball early, and getting ahead,” Ondrusek said. That’s the  big thing where I got hurt here. I was falling behind and having to throw more over the plate. Guys just started crushing me.”

*It was asked why Jared Burton wasn’t considered for the call-up. Burton had four-straight scoreless outings for Louisville…but had only had five outings since coming off the DL.

“Burt is throwing the ball but they thought he needed some more time,” Baker said. He hasn’t been back that long. It might have been Burt if he was pitching more. He has to get his endurance up. They say he’s looking pretty close to where he was last year. We want him all the way back.”

*Homer Bailey threw from 120 feet today. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Thursday. He hoped to return to start when he is eligible to come off the DL June 8.

*Sam LeCure was amped for his start on Wednesday, his second in the big leagues. He grew up a couple hours away in a small town near Jefferson City, MO. He already has 20 tickets set aside for family, and expected more people to attend.

“I even thought to myself after the first one, I might even be a little more nervous for the second one,” LeCure said. Growing up in this area – not that I was necessarily a Cardinals fan – it was always a dream to play in this stadium.”

*Here’s some interesting info — Baker’s teams are 88-90 all time vs. Tony LaRussa, entering today.

SF vs STL, 34-32
Cubs vs STL, 37-34
CIN vs STL, 17-24

Overall, 88-90

*In the 2002 NLCS, the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, which pushes Baker ahead 92-91.

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