Two Cardinals regulars were out Saturday with injuries currently considered day-to-day ailments, as third baseman David Freese had a day off after taking a pitch and then a grounder off his left wrist and Yadier Molina was out with a sore ankle. Manager Mike Matheny said Freese's hand hurt even putting his glove on afterward, so letting that calm down was a no-brainer. "We're going to wait and watch him do his work in the cage and see if he can get it figured out," said Matheny, who started Matt Carpenter at third Saturday. Molina, meanwhile, already had played four games on the sore ankle, so a day's respite, at least, was in order. He's taking the situation day by day. "He's been pushing through," Matheny said. Reds: Votto's DL stay about over
There continued to be positive signs that first baseman Joey Votto is on his way back to the active roster. He's been on the disabled list since July 16 following knee surgery, but he's been taking batting practice and has gone through all the necessary baseball activities, giving the Reds reason to believe he'll be back in the lineup shortly. "He came out good so far," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Votto's Friday workout. "He's getting very, very close." Worth noting
The Reds took a 6-5 lead in the 15-game season series against the Cardinals, and they won't be back on the field together until the last series of the year in St. Louis, Oct. 1-3. The Reds head to Arizona for a three-game set with the D-backs after Sunday's finale, and the Cardinals continue their 10-game road trip with a visit to Pittsburgh, the team behind them in the NL Central.