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One surprise, one non-surprise

A few days ago in Denver, I talked to outfielder Jim Edmonds and came away with the impression his chances of returning from a torn right oblique muscle this season were remote. Imagine my surprise when we learned Edmonds was activated from the disabled list Friday.

Turns out, Edmonds and Dusty Baker didn’t see the move coming too.

“I really wasn’t expecting to come off today,” Edmonds said. “[Walt Jocketty] told me and that’s a good thing. Nobody wants to be on the DL anyways. I’m here if it’s needed.”

“I was surprised myself,” Baker said. “Walt informed me. I saw him moving around pretty good in the outfield. I haven’t seen him hit. So far he’s been hitting off the tee.”

The Reds have played with only three healthy outfielders for 10 days since Jay Bruce went down with a sore right side. There is no Minor League outfielders on the 40-man roster and no room on the roster at the moment to open space up.

“He figured he could take me off [the DL] right now and be in case of an emergency, I’m sure,” Edmonds said. “We’re kind of short right now. Whatever it takes.”

*In a non-surprise, Edinson Volquez was told Thursday that he would be the Reds starter on Saturday. This seemed like it was coming once Harang was lifted early from Monday’s start after only 2 1/3 innings at Colorado.

*Aaron Harang will move to the bullpen and be available as a long reliever. Baker said Harang handled the news professionally.

“Usually his nemesis inning is the third or fourth inning,” Baker said. “He can give us a couple of innings, which we’ll need hopefully in long relief or middle relief. It’s a very unusual situation for him and us.”

*Mike Leake was also activated from the DL, but not to pitch.

“Leake will fit in to pinch-hit, pinch-run, pinch-bunt. Pinch everything,” Baker said. “He told me two months ago if I needed an emergency outfielder, he could do that too. That’s a real emergency. He’s not ready to pitch. He wasn’t supposed to pick up a ball for two weeks.”

*SS Orlando Cabrera (left oblique) likely will be rested through the weekend, Baker said.

*Bruce is not available today off the bench. He is still not rushing a return.

*LHP Arthur Rhodes was not available Thursday because of a sore foot. It’s not clear yet if he’s available tonight.

“We’re kind of the walking wounded right now,” Baker said.

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Road trip finale

Thurs lineup vs. COL

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

Orlando Cabrera is sitting for a second-straight day because of a sore oblique again. He reaggravated the injury going from first to third base on Tuesday.

“I can play today,” Cabrera said. “I feel that I don’t want to play one game and sit for two. I’d rather take my rest right now with the day game and hopefully start Friday and play through the weekend.”

“Versus taking him in and out of there every other day, we’re trying to get that thing 100 percent, even though he thought he was before,” Dusty Baker said. “It doesn’t take much for those things to come back.”

*No word on Saturday’s starter, yet, between Volquez and Harang.

“We’ll let you know shortly,” Baker said.

Labor Day in the Mountains

Hope everyone is enjoying the Labor Day holiday. It’s an absolutely beautiful day in downtown Denver. Not a cloud in the sky and the humidity seems pretty low. Now, if I can just get rid of this dry mouth. The one thing about Denver is you need to drink lots and lots of water. Just a little tip if you ever make it this way.


Thumbnail image for coors field 090610.JPGMonday’s lineup vs. COL

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


*Johnny Cueto did not meet the Reds in St. Louis, as expected. He is now scheduled to arrive in Denver some time today. Dusty Baker still planned on having Cueto start Tuesday.

*Scott Rolen got the day off today after he started 12-straight games. He was last out of the lineup on Aug. 22 vs. the Dodgers.

“He played every day last week,” Baker said. “I figured today after a tough series was the day. He didn’t want to throw Francisco to the wolves to face Ubaldo [Jimenez]. I told him to let me take care of that. It’s probably the most consecutive games he’s played in a while. He played two day games after nights.”

*Orlando Cabrera also got a break on Monday.

“He’s sore, which I figured he would be after not playing for a month,” Baker said. “It’s a good soreness. It’s not from injury but from not having played.”

*Jim Edmonds is still hoping to play again this season. But he revealed that the right oblique injury is actually a torn muscle. He’s not hitting yet and can’t throw.
“I tried throwing the other day but couldn’t,” Edmonds said. “I’ll try again in the next couple of days and see how it goes.”


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Cabrera starts

Sat lineup vs. STL

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

This season vs. Adam Wainwright, Joey Votto is 0-for-9 with four Ks. Ramon Hernandez is 3-for-4 with one RBI and he’s 4-for-7 lifetime. Brandon Phillips is 3-for-22 (.136) over his career against Wainwright.

*Orlando Cabrera is making his first start since Aug. 2 after he came off the DL yesterday.

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Phillips back in lineup

Fri lineup vs STL

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

*Phillips is back in the starting lineup for the first time since he was drilled on the right hand by a pitch Aug. 25 at San Francisco. He made three pinch-running appearances since. Baker isn’t expected a warm reception for Phillips, whose comments about the Cardinals last month were the catalyst for a benches clearing melee.

“Probably not good,” Baker said. “None of us will probably get a good reception. That’s what happens when you had what we had and we’re on the road and in their town for the first time. It’s expected.”

*Jay Bruce said he was not available to play tonight because he’s still bothered by a sore right side. There has been improvement, however. It’s possible that Bruce could return Saturday, Baker said.

“It’s gotten a ton better from yesterday to today,” Bruce said. “Hopefully the improvement keeps on coming.”

*Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto returned home to the Dominican Republic for an undisclosed family emergency. The expectation is he will rejoin the club in time to make his scheduled start Tuesday at Colorado.

“We plan on it,” Baker said. “He’s going to run and throw while he’s down there. He’s had a pretty serious emergency down there. He had to go home. He had to take his mom and his brothers that were up here – they all had to go home.”

*Baker said that Orlando Cabrera would start on Saturday.

*In the limited sample vs. Garcia, Jonny Gomes fared the best at 3-for-6 (.500) with two RBIs and two walks. Joey Votto was 1-for-5 and Phillips was 2-for-9.

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Cabrera activated, two call-ups

*The Reds activated SS Orlando Cabrera today from the 15-day disabled list and recalled LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Jordan Smith from Triple-A Louisville.

*Cabrera hasn’t played for the Reds since straining his left oblique on Aug. 2.

*Smith didn’t fare all that well at Louisville but it was a small sample: (3g, 8.10, 3.1 ip, 3 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0k)

*Maloney last pitched on Tuesday for the Bats. It was an abbreviated three-inning start where he allowed one run and four hits with no walks and three strikeouts.


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The swept did some sweeping

The Reds turned around the week rather well. After getting swept by St. Louis, they did it to Florida by getting a 2-0 win Sunday. And after all the angst of the lost series, the Reds end the home stand in first place all alone again. The Cardinals lost by a 9-7 score to the Cubs and dropped two of three to fall a game back in the NL Central.

The good —

*Homer Bailey got it done in a big way with six scoreless innings, three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. His pitch count was high early (44 thru 2 inn, 63 thru 3) but some quick innings kept him in the game and buried the Marlins. After allowing back-to-back two-out singles, he retired 16 of 17 and his last 10 in a row to finish with 102 pitches.

*Miguel Cairo came up huge again with his two-run homer in the sixth — the difference in the game. I keep remembering fans wanting him outta here after less than a month in April.

*Jim Edmonds got his first hit with the Reds after 0-for-12 start with a double off of the LF wall. Edmonds was robbed of a homer in the fourth inning by splendid leaping catch at the wall by Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio.

*The Reds bullpen got into some jams but got it done with three solid innings with Ondrusek, Masset and Cordero. The ninth was fraught with danger after Cordero gave up a leadoff double on a 0-2 pitch. After getting a groundout and a called strikeout, Cordero walked Cody Ross but got Donnie Murphy with a called K to end it.

*Jay Bruce’s 1-for-4 day has him hitting .389 (7-for-18) over his last six games with one homer and six RBIs.

*Orlando Cabrera served a batboy for four innings in a pretty comical scene. Be sure to see my story on that on

The not-so-good —

*Joey Votto got run in the bottom of the first for disputing a 1-1 strike call by home plate umpire D.J. Rayburn. Votto didn’t so much dispute in a visible sense, but obviously said something that got him tossed. That’s two first inning ejections this season.

The Marlins were 0-for-9 RISP for the day, 0-for-27 for the series. No matter which team it is, that’s brutal.

Quotes —

“That’s a reverse sweep. That’s what we talked about before this series started. That’s a quality team over there. They’ve got some dynamite hitters, some good pitching and they’re going to be good for a long time. We held their offense down today pretty much, which is a hard thing to do. Coming out of Washington, they had some hot bats.” — Dusty Baker

“He’s been great. He stays ready all the time. I told him yesterday he’d be playing today. He works hard. He trains hard. He loves to play and he knows what it takes to win. I’d hate to think where we’d be without him.” — Baker on Cairo

“I enjoy every single day of my baseball career and my life. I’ve been blessed to wear this uniform and all the uniforms I’ve worn. I enjoy what I do. This is what I know how to do. It’s been nice to be here and be in the big leagues.” — Miguel Cairo

“The biggest thing was pounding the zone. I thought my balls-to-strikes ratio was pretty good. That’s what I went into the game thinking.” — Homer Bailey


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Baker a GM? No thanks

Reds manager Dusty Baker spent last night’s game and will spend tonight’s game in general manager Walt Jocketty’s suite while serving his two-game suspension.

What was that perspective like?

“It’s a lot easier up there,” Baker said. “Every war movie or cowboy movie I remember, they always went to high ground to have a better view of things.”

Someone asked Baker if he’d ever like to move into the GM’s chair sometime. It took little time, if any, for him to respond with a no.

“Al Rosen, who recruited me to the Giants, had asked me what position I’d like,” Baker said. “At the time I told him I’d like to be his assistant general manager or possibly general manager some day. He told me I’d be better suited to manage on the field. He’d seen me across the field from Houston and the Giants when I was with the Dodgers. Since I’ve been in this position, I’d rather be in the action. As a manager, you’re kind of like the shop foreman. Most times, the shop is in the basement. You’re down there with the guys, the players. You’re not an officer from being in the military. You’re more of a warrant officer, which is a former enlisted man that they thought merited commission as an officer. You’re an enlisted man in charge of other enlisted men.

“Plus general manager – that’s a lot of hard work. That’s a lot of work when everybody else is off work – namely me. Those three or four months off, you need it to recharge from the long season. That general manager, they work hardest in the off-season. Most of them live where they work. Most of them go to the office every day or almost every day. They’re in meetings all the time. I like what I’m doing.”

Other quick notes —

*Johnny Cueto, suspended for seven games, threw 41 pitches against hitters Juan Francisco and Ryan Hanigan. He is slated to start on Aug. 21 at Los Angeles, his first day after the suspension ends.

*Orlando Cabrera (oblique) said he’s feeling better. Cabrera took some swings Friday, but not at full speed. The trainers wanted him to try hitting today if he felt up to it. Cabrera hopes to be ready by the time he’s eligible to return on Wednesday at Arizona.

*Jonny Gomes will be presented withe MLB Players Alumni Association’s Heart and Hustle Award. One player for each club receives the nod locally and an overall winner is announced in November.

“From my coming up through the minors and before that with some of the adversity in my life, you never know when it’s going to be your last game,” Gomes said. “I kind of play the game in regards to that’s how I want to be remembered when my time is up. I worked too hard to put this uniform on.  It will take a lot to take it off. That’s one of the aspects I want to bring every day. Every manager I’ve played for I’ve told them ‘I’d love to promise some numbers for you at the end of the year, but I can’t. what I can promise is hustle and respecting the game every day.'”

 *Aaron Harang will leave Sunday morning and meet Triple-A Louisville for his rehab assignment start at Columbus. First pitch is at 5 p.m.

*Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman broke his leg at the beach on Friday in San Diego while vacationing with his family. Marty Brennaman reported that Thom was trying out wakeboarding for the first time. 

Edmonds trade: They said it

Here are some quotes from inside the Reds clubhouse:

“It’s been a quick six or seven hours to go from kind of the bottom of the standings to the top in a hurry. And show up here playing the Cardinals, it’s going to be a little nuts. I’m looking forward to the challenge. The respect I have for the guys on this team after playing against them for so many years, it seems like a good group of guys that are very talented. It’s nice to be on this side for once.” — Jim Edmonds

“We thought Edmonds would add a veteran, playoff experienced guy who’s had a pretty good year with Milwaukee. He’s actually a guy I thought about signing over the winter and we didn’t. I kind of regretted the fact that we didn’t. I think he’s going to help us a number of different ways.” — Reds GM Walt Jocketty

“Anytime you add Jim Edmonds to the mix, he’s been helping teams for what, 15 years? It’s obvious he’s still able to help us. I’m excited to have him here for what he’s done and how he goes about his business. He’s an unbelievable outfielder. In his prime, he was one of the best outfielders in the game. I think he will help us tremendously. He’s a veteran guy that knows what’s going on. He’s been in this situation before. He knows how to handle it. You can always use more of that.” — Jay Bruce

“I think it will be good for Stubby and his career and Heisey and his career. The guy can still play like we just saw in Milwaukee.” — Jonny Gomes

“Any time you can add a guy that’s been in a World Series or the playoffs and has 15 years in the big leagues with such a great career like Edmonds, of course it will be a help.” — Orlando Cabrera

And from the St. Louis side:

“We had heard about it. I think Jim told a couple of our guys that it was going to happen. He’ll help them. When [Rolen] is healthy, he’s proven what kind of player he is. Jim is in a different part of his career. But like I said, I think he’ll help them.” — Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa 

*Another nugget about Edmonds. He is a .274 hitter in 118 career games against Cincinnati with 32 homers and 85 RBIs.

*One NL scout expressed surprise that the Cardinals did not try to block the Reds by putting a waiver claim on Edmonds.

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Another leadoff flip flop

Tuesday lineup vs. MIL

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

*As you can see, Orlando Cabrera’s second reign as the Reds’ leadoff hitter was brief.

*The Nos. 1 and 2 spots of the order, Cabrera and Brandon Phillips, are a combined 0-for-15 in their last two games. 

*Against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, Scott Rolen is 4-for-6 (.667) with one home runs and Phillips is 4-for-14 (.286) with one homer and three RBIs.

*Drew Stubbs is in a 0-for-23 skid, including 0-for-13 on the road trip. Reds manager Dusty Baker had Stubbs in his office on Tuesday afternoon, partially to talk about his very up and down first full big league season.

“We have to find out why. We’re trying to get him mechanically sound and not have the peaks and valleys,” Baker said. “Remember what I said earlier that when you have young players, you battle with inconsistency. The older veteran players know how to get out [of slumps] and a lot of times, not to get in a funk. The young players sometimes don’t know how he got in it and even worse, how to get out of it.”

*Homer Bailey will make his next rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Louisville. Bailey started on Monday for Class A Dayton and threw 60 pitches over four innings. He allowed three runs in the  fourth.

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