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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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No Phillips, Rolen, Hernandez

Tues lineup vs. WSH:

Cabrera 6
Janish 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Stubbs 8
Miller 2
Leake 1

*Nothing is wrong with Brandon Phillips — it’s just a day off. Phillips is batting .191 in July and was 0-for-9 over his last two games.

“He hasn’t had a day off. I could see him and Joey [Votto] are spent,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It always happens after All-Star games. If it was around the corner, it would be no problem. But they went coast-to-coast and back and didn’t have any off days. When you’re tired, the first thing you lose is your concentration.

“I just told him to stay home, eat, sleep and show up late. I have to give Joey one off too because I can see he’s in the same boat, kind of.”

*Votto is 2-for-14 in the second half. Neither he nor Phillips can get a break Wednesday since Stephen Strasburg is starting for Washington.

*Not much is new with Scott Rolen, who is dealing with a sore right hamstring. He walked on the treadmill on Monday.

“I’m going to go stretch with the team, go out and throw a little bit and get my treatment and stuff,” Rolen said Tuesday. “I don’t feel any better. I don’t feel any worse right now.”

*Jason Isringhausen threw for the Reds today. I hope to have more of an update on that soon.

*Baker on Ramon Hernandez’s potential return: “Maybe tomorrow, maybe Thursday. We’re trying to ease him back into things.”

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No Rolen again

Monday lineup vs. WAS

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

*It turns out there is more to the Scott Rolen situation beyond his being sick. He is dealing with a sore right hamstring and was given a cortisone shot on Sunday. It could take a couple of more days, at least, before Rolen could be ready — if the shot worked.

“Tagging up from second to third Friday night, I felt a little burn in my right hamstring, I didn’t recover too well,” Rolen said on Monday. “And then had the privilege of throwing up in my bushes when I got home with the stomach flu. So that was just an added bonus. So had I not been throwing up the last two days I would not have been in the lineup anyway.”

The Reds can ill-afford to lose Rolen and any extended absence on the disabled list would be a huge test to the Reds pennant aspirations. They are 71-43 in games he’s started since coming over in last summer’s trade.

“Hopefully, it’s not too serious. We really don’t know yet,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Life is not pleasant without Scotty out there. You see what our record is when he’s in the lineup. It’s a Catch-22 situation. You’re operating short. You try not to use him unless it’s a dire emergency because if you have to DL him, you lose the back-date days. We’ll probably make a decision in the next day or so or sooner. It depends on how he responds to treatment.”

*Catcher Ramon Hernandez (left knee) did some catching, throwing and blocking today and was headed out to do some hitting. He is allowed to be activated from the DL on Tuesday but the club will have to determine first how Hernandez got through today’s activity.

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Friday lineup

Fri lineup vs. PHI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5 Gomes 7
Bruce 9

Cairo 5
Heisey 8
Miller 2
Leake 1

UPDATED: Scott Rolen was scratched because of a sore back.

Ramon Hernandez was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 5, because of a sore left knee. Ryan Hanigan was activated from the DL. Hernandez is eligible to return on July 20, which means with the All-Star break, he won’t miss a ton of games.

But Hernandez was very unhappy about the situation — not at the club but at his knee. He went through a similar injury on the same knee at the same time last year. It required surgery and missing two months. This time, he didn’t believe it was as bad.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” Hernandez said. “It’s the same time of year. Especially now that the team is playing very well. It stinks more because of the way we’re going about our business and playing, to miss some games when the team is playing well.”

Hernandez said he basically could not run at all.

“Some days I get up and it’s not painful,” he said. “It kind of tells you it’s going to better. Last year, it wasn’t getting better at all.”

Hanigan didn’t play tonight because he had a stiff neck that he had the last couple of days at Louisville.  He said he felt better and could catch if needed.

*From the Reds notes: Beginning tonight the Reds will start rookie pitchers in 3 straight games for the second time this week…according to Elias Sports Bureau, when RHP Mike Leake (Sun at Chi), LHP Travis Wood (Mon at NYM) and LHP Matt Maloney (Tue at NYM) pitched earlier this week, the Reds started 3 straight rookie pitchers for the first time since LHP Brandon Claussen, RHP Josh Hancock and RHP Luke Hudson did it from 9/27-9/29, 2004…barring a change in the rotation this weekend, for the first time in their history the Reds will start rookie pitchers in their last 3g prior to the All-Star break.

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Hernandez out again

Thurs lineup vs. PHI

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

*This is Ramon Hernandez’s fourth game in a row out with a sore left knee. Whether he can be back by Friday is unknown.

“Maybe, but we possibly have to make a decision here soon too,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The All-Star break is coming up. He hasn’t caught in a few days. If he’s not better, we can still backdate stuff. It’s tough duty with one catcher and Janish as the backup. We’ll make a decision probably tonight after the game.”


*Ryan Hanigan was 2-for-3 last night for Triple-A Louisville on his rehab assignment. He is likely ready to be activated from the disabled list if the club had to DL Hernandez.

*It was an off day for Jonny Gomes, for a couple of reasons:

“It’s been hot out there and Jonny has been struggling a little bit. Kendrick gets right-handers out a lot better than left-handers, especially in this ballpark,” Baker said. “It’s a perfect time and Jonny will play the next three days.”

*Baker views these next four games and the ones right after the All Star break as prime opportunity to make a move in the division.

“You can’t start thinking about vacation before vacation gets here. This is a time you hope everybody else is thinking vacation and you’re thinking through the break vs. to the break…The teams I’ve been on or had, it’s something I’ve stressed to them. Most jobs, those last couple of days before you go on vacation are non-productive days. Then when you come back, you’re still in vacation mode and you have a couple of more non-productive days.”

*Several players were having a good time watching the Rockies-Cardinals game this afternoon in the clubhouse. Many on the bus were watching last night’s Colorado walkoff win on their iPads while bussing from New York to Philadelphia.


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Another rehab start likely needed

Edinson Volquez had a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Sunday that GM Walt Jocketty called “fair.”

The line against Indianapolis was: 5 ip ,4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K….87 pitches/46 for strikes.

“His command was not real good,” Jocketty said on Monday. “He didn’t throw a lot of strikes. He threw a lot of pitches early. They made the decision to take him out after five.”

A final decision hasn’t been made but it was likely another start in the Minors would be needed. That means Volquez won’t be up until after the All-Star break. The Reds wanted him to throw 100 pitches a couple of times before coming up. That hasn’t happened yet in his five rehab starts.

“I’d think probably not,” Jocketty said. “He only pitched five innings. We can’t have that up here.”

*Ramon Hernandez did not start today because of a sore knee. He was hurting after legging out a triple in Sunday’s game.

“He’s better. He’s got a little swelling in there today that he didn’t have yesterday,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a little sore. Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow. Hopefully, he’ll get treatment all day in case I have to pinch-run or pinch-hit for Corky late in the game.

“My trainer is probably tired of me asking him every 15 minutes, ‘how’s he doing?’ It was the same as he was 15 minutes ago.”

Baker wasn’t sure Hernandez could play today if he needed him. As for an emergency catcher?

“I’m not sure of that either,” Baker said. “Janish has been my emergency guy.”

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Postgame extra: 3-3 on West Coast

A 3-0 win over the A’s meant a 3-3 road trip. For Reds fans having chest pains over the first three games in Seattle, this might relax things a little bit. Remember, they came in 15-35 in West Coast games over the past five seasons. Winning the first two games of the series had to happen but taking the sweep is a nice added morale boost.

The Reds are still seven games over .500 at 40-33. Not a bad place to be considering how the six-game West Coast trip started.

“Big time, that’s like a reverse sweep,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We got swept and then we sweep. It’s not the way you plan it. But that’s the way it worked out. We’re actually going home the same we left – seven over [.500]. Hopefully, we can get back to double-digits pretty soon.”

The good —

*Johnny Cueto took a shutout into the eighth inning. Worked seven-plus innings and allowed seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

*The play of the game was a non-routine 4-2-5 double play that came with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth. Gabe Gross hit a soft liner to second base, where Brandon Phillips alertly let the ball short-hop and threw home to Ramon Hernandez for the force. Hernandez threw to Miguel Cairo at third base and got the double play. Had Cairo not tagged the runner and just touched the bag, he likely could have turned the triple play.

“That was a really smart play by Brandon, the play of the game,” Hernandez said. “Bases loaded, no outs and then you get two outs with no runs. That’s big.”

*Nick Masset and Cairo came up big for Cueto in the eighth after he allowed two hits before being lifted. Kurt Suzuki was robbed when his hot grounder to third base was stopped by a diving Cairo, who touched the bag and threw to first for a double play. Masset struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff to end the threat.

*In his last three outings, Masset has 3 2/3 innings of perfect pitching. Need a bigger sample size but it’s starting to look like he’s finding his mojo again.

*The Reds rotation posted a 2.33 ERA over the six-game trip.

*Jay Bruce was 3-for-3 with a walk and 7-for-10 in the series. He came in a 4-for-25 skid before the series. Down in a 0-2 count in the first, Bruce had a big two-run single to put the Reds up early. Bruce was batting .194 RISP w/two outs coming in.

The not-so-good —

*Reds were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. They were 3-for-23 RISP in the last two games and left 21 on base.

*Orlando Cabrera went 0-for-5 today and is batting .133 (8-for-60) over his last 15 games.

Quotes —

“I was looking at our starters the last two games the way they were pitching to those guys. I was paying attention to the way I was pitching to throw in the same pattern.” — Johnny Cueto

“We’re going to have a nice day off [on Thursday] and go back home and regroup and get ready for the weekend series. We’re trying to play good baseball and have fun, and keep doing what we’re doing.” — Ramon Hernandez

“We played good baseball. They didn’t get the breaks they needed. We capitalized on things when we needed to. That’s kind of how the series went.” — Jay Bruce

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Postgame extra: Homer happier

I am writing this entry from a BART train headed back to San Francisco. If I didn’t leave when I did, I might have had to spend the night in the ballpark…no thanks.

That was one wild (late) night of baseball — a 6-4 Reds win in 10 innings.

The good —

*The bats finally came alive, albeit late. The three homers in the 10th by Ramon Hernandez, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen were the first long balls in a 39-inning span since Thursday. The Reds had also scored only three runs in the 39 innings entering the 10th.

*Jay Bruce had a PH single after sat most of the game. Bruce was in a 4-for-25 skid.

*Nick Masset had shutdown stuff tonight and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

*Jordan Smith picked up his first save in the Majors when he got the final two outs of the Oakland 10th.

*The Reds tied a franchise record with their eighth-straigtht extra-innings win on the road, dating back to last season.

*Dusty Baker won his 1,352nd career game, which ties him with Chuck Tanner for 26th all-time.

The not-so-good —

*The three homers and Smith’s save wouldn’t have been needed if closer Francisco Cordero did the job in the bottom of the ninth. Cordero’s first-pitch homer to leadoff batter Kevin Kouzmanoff gave him five blown saves in 22 chances. He had four blown saves in 43 chances last season.

*The game nearly got away again in the 10th after Cordero walked his first two batters.

Some quotes —

“It seems like when your bats are sick, everybody’s bats are sick. When your bats get well, it seems like everybody’s bats get well at the same time.” — manager Dusty Baker

“We lead the league in all of those offensive categories for a reason. We know we can hit. We’ve had some bad luck and bad draws with the opposing pitching. But we have to beat good pitchers to be the team we want to be. We hit a lull the last couple of days but we’re fine.” — Jay Bruce.

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Hernandez in lineup

spaceneedle 061910.jpgSat. lineup vs. SEA

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

LeCure  RHP

*The Reds waited until after batting practice to post the lineup to see how Ramon Hernandez felt. Hernandez was a late scratch Friday because of a sore lower back.

“I think it was from sleeping or the flight maybe,” Hernandez said before BP. “I’ve had it for a long time. I always take care of it but some days are better than others.”

*During his scoreless eighth inning, reliever Arthur Rhodes had to be looked over by trainer Paul Lessard and pitching coach Bryan Price. Rhodes has been bothered by a sore right foot.

“I caught my spike on the mound,” said Rhodes, who is fine.

Rhode’s 28-scoreless inning streak is the longest for a Reds reliever since Ted Abernathy pitched 30 scoreless innings in 1967. As expected, Rhodes wanted nothing to do with a discussion about his streak.

“I don’t have a streak. I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Rhodes said, probably only half-joking.

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Postgame extra: More Leake

A 5-3 win over the Cubs gave the Reds two of three in the series and has them over .500 at 16-15. They remained 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals.

The really good — Mike Leake

Based on the previous entry, the second time around vs. the Cubs presented few problems for Leake – 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HR — 91 pitches/61 strikes. He allowed one walk and faced the minimum through his first five no-hit innings.

“I was curious,” Leake said of facing the Cubs again. “In college I faced some of the teams more than once. For three years, I faced the same guys. It comes down to making your pitch. They could have a book on you but as long as you’re hitting your spots and mixing it up, it’s still tough to hit.”

*I really had that feeling Leake was going to get the no-no. Usually, I’m pretty unconvinced until the seventh but he was cruising and his pitch count was low. I have yet to see a no-hitter in person.

Through six starts, Leake is 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA. Not bad for a guy who has no minor league experience, eh?

“Remarkable is a generous word but it really has been considering he hasn’t touched minor league ball,” Joey Votto said. “I really like playing behind him. I can speak for the rest of the team. It’s been a really short period of time so far but he’s really earned some respect from us.”

“He was throwing strikes,” catcher Ramon Hernandez said. “He paints, especially his sinkerball. He really got a lot of groundballs. He got ahead of a lot of guys and made the other team stay very aggressive so he could make more pitches and early outs. They were figuring out he was throwing strikes.”

“He’s a little dude with a big ol’ heart. With his heart, he’s 6-6 or something,” manager Dusty Baker said.

Baker was asked if Leake was the real deal or just having a very good first six starts.

“I don’t care. He’s been the real deal for six weeks,” Baker said. “Without him, where would our bullpen be and our team be?”

The concern going forward will be not to rely on Leake too much, even if he is the rotation’s best pitcher through five weeks.

“We’re monitoring him and watching his pitch counts very carefully. If there is extra day’s rest in there, we give it to him. you don’t know how he’s going to be in august or September because he’s never been to august or September. We’ll take his April and may. Hopefully we take care of him so he’ll still be strong in August and September.”

That’s it for me for a few days. I will not be on the trip to Pittsburgh. I will have stories coming in a leadup to the Civil Rights Game. Hope you can check them out.

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