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Volquez has elbow tendinitis

The tests on RHP Edinson Volquez are back. He has right elbow tendinitis and won’t do any baseball activity for at least 7-10 days. The Reds will put him back on the 15-day disabled list and pending MLB approval, will recall reliever Jared Burton.

Manager Dusty Baker was more relieved that Volquez’s injury wasn’t worse than it was.

“It’s not bad news,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s the best news it could be for bad news. There’s nothing structural or nothing in the joint.”

Volquez hadn’t pitched since May 16 because of mid-back spasms that put him on the DL for the firs time in his career. He threw in two side bullpen sessions while he was out and reported no arm trouble – before or after the back injury.

“He might have felt something and thought it might have been normal soreness or something,” Baker said. “If every time you felt something and you sat out, most of us would never play. He had never said anything to us about it.”

Baker held off making an announcement on who would replace Volquez in the rotation. His next turn would have been Saturday vs. the Cubs. At Louisville, lefty Matt Maloney pitched a three-hit shutout on Monday and is 4-3 with a 2.00 ERA through 10 starts. He would be able to pitch on his normal rest and it would be his big league debut.

The Reds could also opt to move Bronson Arroyo up and pitch him on three days rest. Homer Bailey, who came up for one unsuccessful start for the Reds already this season, is also pitching on Tuesday for Louisville.

What would you do if you were Baker and pitching coach Dick Pole?

It was raining cats and a dogs here at Busch Stadium but has stopped and became a pretty nice evening. Before I left for the ballpark, the hotel across the street from mine suffered wind damage and I heard a chunk of the building fell to the street. I don’t think anyone was hurt but there were a lot of fire trucks and TV vans. And the Starbucks awning at the side of my hotel was on the ground near the lobby entrance area because it fell off. Hopefully this all blows through so this game starts on time.

Reds lineup:

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

Encarnacion takes BP:

Edwin Encarnacion took batting practice on Monday for the first time since going on the DL April 28 with a chip fracture in his left wrist. Encarnacion also took BP indoors on Tuesday while it rained. Before hitting on Tuesday, Encarnacion still reported no pain from the Monday session.

“The next couple of days, we’ll see whether I can go play and what they’re going to do,” Encarnacion said. “They have to wait until I am between 90-100 percent and then I will go play somewhere.”

IF/OF Jerry Hairston was given another day off after being sick on Monday. Hairston thought his stomach illness may have been caused by food poisoning.

Minor League info:

1B Yonder Alonso had a nice first game at Double-A Carolina. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Meanwhile, OF Chris Heisey continued his season-long tear by going  3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Heisey has a 10-game hitting streak, and a four-game streak of at least three hits.

Public service announcement from the Reds:

Friday night, the Cincinnati Police Department is expecting a crowd of about 50,000 to attend both the Reds’ 7:10 p.m. game with the Cubs and a sold-out Keith Urban concert next door at US Bank Arena…the CPD recommends fans who don’t have passes for the parking garages adjacent to those venues avoid driving on Second and Third Streets and instead use exits into the northern part of downtown (5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, Gilbert Road, Reading Road, etc.).

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Burton demoted, Alonso to Carolina

To make room on the roster for Edinson Volquez’s return from the DL, reliever Jared Burton was told on Monday he was being optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

In 20 appearances, Burton has a 6.33 ERA. Of his 10 inherited runners, seven have scored. It’s been rough especially the last few outings. He’s allowed six earned runs over his last four innings.

“We know he has the stuff. We’ve seen it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Burton. “They’re going to try and pitch him a lot. Sometime when you’re not doing what you know you can do, it’s a natural thing to lose confidence. We want him to go back, get his act together, come back and throw the way we know he can throw and come back with confidence and conviction.

“If he pitches the way he’s capable of pitching, it will be a temporary situation.”

In other situations, newcomer Carlos Fisher might have been the likely choice simply because of his lack of tenure. But Fisher has pitched too well since his call-up from Louisville to go back down.

Because of Josh Hamilton, many overlook that Burton was the other Rule 5 draft pick the Reds took in 2007. He emerged that season as a tough eighth-inning set-up guy and before he strained a lat muscle last summer, was even nastier against opponent.

“Hopefully you all know I’m not pitching the way that I can pitch,” Burton said. “For some reason, it’s just a little mental thing. I have to get a little confidence going and have some things go my way and get locked back in. I know what I can do. I know how much I can help the team when I pitch the way I’m capable of pitching.”

In other news, Willy Taveras still has a sore right hamstring but could appear later in the game. He should be back Tuesday. IF/OF Jerry Hairston is not playing Monday becuase of flu-like symptoms.

Another  transaction of interest for you: 1B Yonder Alonso was promoted to Double-A Carolina today. Alonso batted .302 with 7 HR, 37 RBIs 22 BB, 28 K and .378 OBP and .503 SLG for high Class A Sarasota.

Put me in the camp that does not believe Alonso should be promoted while Votto is out. Tearing it up at the Florida State League is a far cry from the big leagues. Had Alonso been posting those numbers at Double-A, I’d have no problem with him jumping two levels. Three levels? No. He was only Drafted this time last year. You don’t bring a guy in his situation up as a stopgap. When he comes up, it should be either as a September call-up or for good.

Reds lineup:


Dickerson 8

Rosales 5

Bruce 9

Phillips 4

Hernandez 3

Nix 7

Gonzalez 6

Hanigan 2

Volquez 1


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Four-game losing streak

Suddenly, times have gotten tough for the Redlegs. A 4-3 loss extended the season-high losing streak to four games. Meanwhile the first-place Brewers have won seven in a row and pushed the Reds to 4 1/2 games out of first place.

The Reds were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They had the tying run on second and winning run on first base and both were stranded in the final inning.

Willy Taveras is on a 0-for-19 skid since his 14-game hitting streak snapped.

“He was so hot. There’s no explanation,” manager Dusty Baker said.

And no one knows when Joey Votto is coming back from his dizziness issue.

“There’s no way around it. Joey is no question, our best hitter,” Jerry Hairston Jr. said.

Johnny Cueto gave up a second-inning homer but the inning the Reds could have really done without was the three-run top of the fifth. Cueto, who gave up four earned runs and seven hits with four strikeouts, retired the side in order in the other five innings. Again, Cueto showed good command and did not walk anyone.

Other quotes:

Baker on the losing streak:

“You know it’s going to happen sooner or later. You don’t like it when you’re in the middle of it. We certainly have to bounce back tomorrow. We have no choice.”

Hairston, who flied out to end the game:

“Obviously, you want to get that big hit there. I took a pretty good pass at it, squared up and just got underneath the ball. It’s just one of those things. The last four games obviously haven’t gone our way. We have to turn the page. This team is pretty good at bouncing back so hopefully tomorrow, it will be our day.”

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Lots 'o offense

The 13-5 win at Arizona was a good one to get after Sunday’s tough one in extra innings and a long flight.

The Reds notched a season-high in runs scored, hits (18) and extra base hits (8).

Willy Taveras tied a career best with a 5-for-5 game and four runs scored. He has hit safely in 12 straight games. Taveras is batting .408 (20-for-49) during the streak.

Jerry Hairston was 2-for-4 and improved to a seven-game hit streak. He’s batting .414 (12-for-29) over that stretch. The top 2 in the order are setting a good flow all the way through.

The Reds, winners of four of their last five games, have scored five runs or more runs in eight of 11 games in May. After having a Major League low .208 on April 18, the club has raised its average to .262, which is tied for fifth best in the National League.

“We have to stay after it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I knew these guys were going to hit because we work at it a lot. Our pitching carried us through that first month. Hopefully our hitting is here to stay and we can use both weapons – our pitching and our hitting. We have to tighten up our defense some, a lot actually. If we do that, we’ll really be rolling.”

“We knew that we have quality players here that could hit. Guys are starting to get their confidence. Having our pitchers continue to pitch well helps the hitters too. We just needed to score some runs – four, five and six runs and we have a chance to win a ballgame.”

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

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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. 

Everyone wearing No. 42

It’s Jackie Robinson Day around Major League Baseball — the 62nd anniversary of his breaking of the color barrier. Every team’s players and coaches are wearing No. 42 to honor Robinson, including the Reds and Brewers.

Jerry Hairston Jr.’s grandfather, Sam, was a Negro Leagues player and the first African American to play for the White Sox.

“It’s significant for me,” Hairston said. “It just shows it was that time period not too long ago where people of different skin color didn’t have the opportunity to play this game. We have come a long way. I’m glad Major League Baseball is recognizing it.”

Dusty Baker never got to meet Robinson but has long admired him.

“As a kid, most African Americans were Dodger fans because of Jackie Robinson, including my Dad,” Baker said. “When I transferred my junior year, there were only two blacks in the school, me and my brother. I was fighting quite a bit and my Dad would always remind me and I heard these words all the time, ‘what would Jackie do?’

“Actually, I played four sports in high school because of Bobby Bonds and Jackie Robinson. I’d go run track in what was left over after a baseball game.”

“He had quite an influence in my family.”

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  • Laynce Nix has hit doubles in each of his last two pinch-hit appearances. His RBI double in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s win was big for insurance runs. Like many on the Reds bench, Nix doesn’t have a lot of pinch-hitting experience.

“This is something we’ve talked to our guys about. Most of our guys have never been in that role,” Baker said. “McDonald, Nix and Dickerson in particular. You talk to them extensively about how to pinch hit, how to approach pinch-hitting. I was very fortunate to have some live background experience to share.”

Baker played with pinch-hitting specialists like Manny Mota, Jay Johnstone and Lee Lacy with the Dodgers. He managed Lenny Harris with the Cubs.

“I know I can ask Dusty any questions as far as that role,” Nix said. “He’s told us he’s been around the best. We’ve had some good meetings about it and talked about it a little and it’s been real helpful.”

  • Willy Taveras entered the night with a .409 OBP and his reaching safely is helping Reds hitters as opposing pitchers get distracted with him on base. Pitchers like Manny Parra last night are slidestepping a lot and showing less control.

“They know I’m going to run and that means our guys will get a lot of fastballs. These guys drive in a lot of runs and I want to be on base when we score those runs. So far we look good.”


Three in a row

The Reds are above .500 for the first time in 2009 and earned their 4-3 record with a 6-1 win over the Brewers. That’s a three-game winning streak and they can leave town with a series sweep if they win tomorrow.

The key to the game was a strong pitching effort by Bronson Arroyo, who gave up one run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. I think we can say his carpal tunnel issue is behind Arroyo. Although he had four walks, he was changing speed pretty well and Milwaukee didn’t look too comfortable against him.Jerry Hairston Jr.’s first homer of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the third inning and was the go-ahead score.

Willy Taveras was solid at reaching the bases, doing so in three of his five plate appearances. Taveras drew two walks and singled. He also swiped two bases. His OBP thus far is .409 —  that’s more than pretty good. Taveras was on base when Hairston went deep.

In the eighth, David Weathers notched his 900th career appearance and became just the 20th pitcher in Major League history reach that plateau. Weathers faced two batters and got them both out.

Post-game quotes:

Hairston on his homer off a 2-2 changeup from Manny Parra:

“He left it up a little bit and I was able to put a good swing on it and fortunately, it barely got out.”


“I can’t be any happier with the results. Going out there and still feeling a little bit uncomfortable. I haven’t been in my normal routine in a while. It’s coming around and I’m just happy to be 2-0 with no feeling like I’m totally dialed in yet.”

“My arm felt good. My hand felt good. I felt like I had at least the same fastball in the seventh inning as I had the first. Last time out, I definitely did not have that.”


“The guys are feeling pretty good, feeling very confident and playing better baseball. We just have to keep it rolling.”

on taking out Arroyo:

“When I took him out, he said he was spent. You could tell when he scuttled those four balls in there. Our bullpen came in and did a great job.”


Rain be gone, please

I’d love to say it’s a perfect night for baseball here at Great American Ball Park but it’s raining — sometimes light and other times cats and dogs. The Reds are usually willing to hunker down all night to wait out the weather so there’s a belief here that the game vs. PIT could be played. But the forecast calls for more rain and there’s a 1:10 p.m. game just around the corner on Saturday. Let’s hope it clears up enough, and sooner than later.

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For the first time after three games this season, Dusty Baker could make the lineup he expected to make against a right-handed pitcher.

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

“It wouldn’t be new if everyone was healthy and fresh. We haven’t had it like that,” Baker said.

  • Jerry Hairston Jr. (tight left leg) says he could play tonight. Hairston wasn’t in the lineup, partially because Baker’s platoon has Chris Dickerson hitting vs. right-handed pitchers like Pittsburgh’s Jeff Karstens.

“It feels a lot better today,” Hairston said. “I could have played today but they wanted to give me an extra day.”

  • Entering tonight, Arthur Rhodes and David Weathers have combined to retire all 13 batters faced with a total of 42 pitches, 35 strikes. Rhodes has 31 pitches/27 strikes while Weathers has 11 pitches/8 strikes.
  • A closed door team meeting was called for about 10 minutes during the afternoon. Players were informed that the mother of pitching prospect Pedro Viola, Teresa Contreras, had surgery today to remove a tumor from her face. The surgery went without complications.
  • In the former Reds department, former pitcher Matt Belisle had his Minor League contract purchased by Rockies today. Belisle, who was 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks in Spring Training, will work from Colorado’s bullpen.

If Belisle does well for the Rockies, what is the over/under on how long it will take for comments and e-mails to flow about the Reds letting him go? Every year when an ex-Reds had a good week elsewhere (Justin Germano, Cody Ross, Brandon Harris come to mind), the inbox gets heavy. I don’t think these were guys the Reds have really missed in the big picture. I have no doubt Jeff Keppinger’s name will come up soon too.

  • In the get to know him department, Baker is a big fan of the Weather Channel and calls it his favorite stop on the dial.

“I watch it at home – the five day forecast to see how accurate the weather guy is,” Baker said. “It’s a tough job. I don’t second guess them. You’re trying to predict what God is making and creating and changing.” 

Quick turnaround.

After a nearly four-hour extravaganza Wednesday, it was naturally a 12:35 p.m start for the Reds and Mets on Thursday. I didn’t get home from work until 1am last night and getting into the driveway proved more of a challenge than usual since I was pulled over by local law enforcement right in front of my house. I guess I didn’t stop entirely at the four-way stop sign.

The officer asked me where I was going and for the first time ever in one of those situations, I could actually point to my house and say I was going right there. Fortunately, I was let off with a warning (thank you!). So as a PSA to all you drivers out there — make complete stops at stop signs, not rolling ones.

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  • Dusty Baker ran out a somewhat different lineup today:

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

  • Jerry Hairston Jr. is available but was still sore after foul two pitches off his left leg. Baker didn’t want to send Chris Dickerson to play against tough lefty Oliver Perez. That pretty much meant Taveras has to play at less than 100 percent (flu). He struggled after his pinch-hit triple last night.

“I feel OK. But the breathing part wasn’t there,” Taveras said. “When I scored the run, I had to come in because I was coughing. Today, it will be warm and that might help.”

  • Dickerson will eventually get to face lefties.

“Some, depending on who they are,” Baker said. “The one today, the league is hitting .158 off him. Some lefties are better against righties than lefties. We’ve got a long way to go and we’re going to play everybody.”

  • Alex Gonzalez got the day game off after a long night game. Ditto for Hernandez as Hanigan went behind the plate.

“Some guys played a lot in Spring Training and all of a sudden the season starts, and they lose what they had. It’s a perfect time to play them,” Baker said.

  • Baker gave some insight to file away for later about Jonny Gomes, who accepted his Triple-A assignment yesterday.

“Like I explained to Jonny, there’s going to come a time when we’re going to need you. It probably won’t be that long but especially when we start playing American League clubs. Last year, our most success was against American League clubs because Griffey and Dunn were the DH. If we started against American League clubs right now, we really don’t have a true DH against them.”

  • Also something to think about for down the road — Baker hasn’t idenitfied an emergency third catcher behind Hernandez and Hanigan.

“Ooh..I don’t know that one,” Baker said.

Joey Votto was a catcher when he was drafted but isn’t likely to strap on the gear.

“He’s in no hurry to get back there. He was in a hurry to get away from there,” Baker said.


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