Rolen, Baker ejected for arguing same pitch
Reds third baseman, manager object to called strike
CINCINNATI -- Rare is the time that Reds manager Dusty Baker or third baseman Scott Rolen are ejected. However, both were run from Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers arguing over the same play.In the sixth inning with runners on first and second with no outs and Cincinnati trailing, 5-0, Rolen looked at a full-count pitch from Clayton Kershaw. Thinking it was ball four, Rolen took two steps toward first base until home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt signaled a called strike three. The ball looked very low and out of the strike zone. Rolen vehemently argued and was ejected by Wendelstedt. "I thought it was a little low. He didn't think it was a little low," Rolen said. "We had a slight misunderstanding there." But to Rolen, who was ejected for just the third time in his long career, there was more to it than the call. "I felt that was a big at-bat," Rolen said. "I felt that was a game-changing at-bat, possibly, whether I do anything or at least to fight to have a good at-bat and get on first base and we're in business. The call we disagreed on, obviously, and I just felt that was a big spot in the game, and a big at-bat. I reacted to that." Moments later, Baker was also ejected for the first time since April 25, 2009, as he argued in Rolen's defense. "Scott hardly says anything. I saw it the same way he saw it," Baker said. "That was a big call of the game -- bases loaded with nobody out. They're human, too, but it doesn't mean you have to like it."
Reds unsure when Bailey can start to throw
CINCINNATI -- For a guy that loathes inactivity, especially not pitching, injured Reds starter Homer Bailey was uncharacteristically serene in the clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon.Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation, has not resumed throwing since he was shut down by soreness late last week. There remains no timetable for when Bailey might be able to resume a throwing program, let alone when he might be able to pitch again. "I've coped with it," Bailey said. "You can mope and be angry about it or just be patient and do everything right. I'm trying to have the best attitude I can and get everything done right." Until the inflammation in his arm is gone and he feels 100 percent, the timetable will remain off the table. "We have to let it calm down before we get aggressive," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said. Bailey, 24, originally resisted going on the DL in the first place and wanted to get back as quickly as he could. He made one rehab assignment start for Triple-A Louisville on June 8 and worked 4 1/3 innings. Soreness persisted after a side session and he was shut down and Bailey now realizes hurrying back was not in his long-term best interest. Instead of throwing, he's been focused on arm-strengthening exercises and improving his core muscle strength that could help reduce the stress on his right arm from pitching. "Today, the range of motion was really good. Everything feels pretty good," Bailey said. "I feel good. But it's just a process. We don't need to rush anything. We still have 100 games left. There's a long ways to go."
Baker makes no tweaks to Reds' bullpen
CINCINNATI -- After manager Dusty Baker hinted change might be coming on Tuesday, there were no adjustments made to the Reds' bullpen as of Wednesday. However, Baker didn't have long man Micah Owings available because he pitched 1 1/3 innings Tuesday and allowed five earned runs.Baker was pulling for a good start Wednesday from rookie Mike Leake, but at least he didn't have to burn through most of his bullpen during Tuesday's 12-0 thumping by the Dodgers. Arthur Rhodes and Nick Masset were idle and Logan Ondrusek and Jordan Smith pitched an inning or less. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched 1 2/3 innings, however, in a departure from his usual situational work. "We used Daniel as long as we did to save Ondrusek," Baker said. "We saved Arthur. We saved Masset. Smith threw only one inning. You hate to sacrifice anybody but sometimes you have to take one for the team."
Superstitious Baker tries new look
CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker isn't above superstition.Baker normally has a goatee on his face but was clean shaven on Wednesday. He also sported some new black wristbands. He was asked if he had some superstitious ways, especially on the heels of the Reds' 12-0 loss on Tuesday to the Dodgers. "I've got different colors," Baker said of his wristbands. "I remember one time when I was with the Giants, we had a three-game series with the Cubs and Billy Williams noticed it. He goes, 'Man, you're about to run out of colors, aren't you?' I think we had lost four or five in a row."
Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez (2009 Tommy John surgery) will make his second rehab assignment start for Class A Lynchburg on Thursday. Volquez, who threw three scoreless innings for Lynchburg Saturday, will face Kinston.Five more 2010 First-Year Player Draft picks were signed on Wednesday -- including pitcher Daniel Wolford (14th round), catcher Christopher Berset (20th round), pitcher Joshua Smith (21st round), first baseman Jonathan Kaskow (41st round) and catcher William Harford (45th round).
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.