CINCINNATI -- Mired in a 0-for-19 skid with 10 strikeouts entering the night, usual leadoff batter and center fielder Drew Stubbs was dropped to seventh in Thursday's batting order vs. the Dodgers. Chris Dickerson batted leadoff and played left field."It takes a little pressure off of him," manager Dusty Baker said. "Plus, when you're struggling and you're leading off, you're prone for 0-for-5 in a minute. They add up quickly, because you come up more than anybody in the game."
Stubbs hit a fifth-inning single on the ground through the left side Thursday and snapped his slump at 0-for-20.
Reds call up Fisher, send down Ondrusek
CINCINNATI -- The Reds optioned rookie reliever Logan Ondrusek to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday and recalled another right-handed reliever, Carlos Fisher, from Louisville.Ondrusek made the team out of Spring Training with 10 scoreless innings, but had some rough outings once the regular season started. In nine appearances, he had an 11.25 ERA with 12 hits and five walks over eight innings. "The young man's future is very bright," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not something we wanted to do, but was something we were forced to do because of our pitching situation." The Reds' bullpen has been spent with 31 innings over the past nine games. Fisher has worked eight scoreless innings for Louisville in six appearances, with only one hit allowed among the 24 batters he's faced. In 39 games with the Reds last season, he was 1-1 with a 4.47 ERA. "I think just coming back from not throwing as much in spring, I had to focus more on pitching and not just letting it loose," Fisher said of his recent success. "I focused on what pitches I threw and focused more on my spots. It's worked out pretty good for me. I'm not trying to overpower guys. I'm getting ahead early and then I have a chance to strike guys out." Fisher's chances to make the team in Spring Training were torpedoed by walking too many batters, as well as suffering from a sore right elbow that surfaced during camp. He was shut down for about two weeks. "That was the first time I had any issues or had to sit down because of an injury," Fisher said. "It was right in the middle of spring, so you couldn't really hide it. I stayed focused on getting healthy, taking care of the elbow. I knew I'd have a chance to come back. I didn't know it'd be this quick."
Chapman has successful third outing
CINCINNATI -- In his third start of the season for Triple-A Louisville, Aroldis Chapman had another wild but successful outing.In a 7-1 victory over Indianapolis at Victory Field, Chapman pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run with five walks and eight strikeouts. The 22-year-old left-hander exited the game in the sixth after 95 pitches with a 4-1 lead. During Chapman's 27-pitch first inning, he gave up two walks, a hit and a wild pitch. He had 51 pitches through two innings and his lone run crossed in the bottom of the second. As a hitter, Chapman was 1-for-2 with a strikeout in the third inning and a leadoff single on the ground into left field in the fifth. Through three starts this season, Chapman is 1-1 with a 0.60 ERA, 10 walks and 18 strikeouts over 15 innings pitched.
Plan for Harang not revealed
CINCINNATI -- With Wednesday's 14-6 loss, during which he allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, Aaron Harang fell to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts. Harang allowed 29 hits and 22 runs, including six home runs, in 21 2/3 innings.The Reds essentially have three options with Harang. They can move him to the bullpen, skip his next turn so he can work on his stuff, or stick with him. The club has an off-day on Monday, which would fall on Harang's regular turn. If there is a plan going forward, manager Dusty Baker isn't sharing it. But it certainly didn't sound like Harang was leaving the rotation. "I can't tell you before I talk to him," Baker said. "Plus, we're talking about it. But this guy is getting paid handsomely [$12.5 million] to be a starter. At this point, who do you have to take his place? And we need him to win. It's four starts. If it was 14 starts, it'd be a different thing."
Baker hears from Volquez
CINCINNATI -- Since Edinson Volquez's 50-game suspension for violating MLB's policy on performance-enhancing drugs was handed down on Tuesday, few have heard from the pitcher. Volquez, who is currently rehabilitating in Arizona from Tommy John surgery, admitted via press release to taking prescribed medication to treat infertility. The reason behind the positive test has drawn some skepticism from the public.Manager Dusty Baker said he left a voice mail for Volquez and received a text message in return. "He feels terrible," Baker said. "He also told me that it was what he said it was -- the purpose of it. I have to take him at his word, because he didn't have to tell me nothing."
Dickerson active on Earth Day
CINCINNATI -- Chris Dickerson, the Reds' resident environmentalist, had a busy Earth Day on Thursday as his Players for the Planet teamed with local businesses to host a recycling drive at the Western Hills Kroger store. Dickerson, Micah Owings and Drew Stubbs were there to greet donors, which were expected to fill a 53-foot trailer with about 75,000 pounds worth of recyclable electronics -- like old televisions and computers."I was told it was the largest collection they've ever had," Dickerson said. "Some of the stuff people pulled out of their cars was ridiculous."
Reliever Jared Burton remains on the Triple-A Louisville disabled list. He was placed there on April 10 for what was listed as "thyroid testing." Burton has been throwing, but remains largely inactive. "They [doctors] don't know what's going on," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. ... Manager Dusty Baker was asked by a Los Angeles reporter Thursday about what he saw from Dodgers star Manny Ramirez on TV as he struggled near the end of last season. "I can't tell you that," Baker said. "If I told you that, then he may never struggle again."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.