CHICAGO -- To make room for the activation of Sunday's starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, reliever Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Fisher was recalled on April 23 and appeared in three games. He pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
In six games with Louisville prior to his arrival, Fisher had a 7.71 ERA and four saves.
Reds honor mothers on special day
CHICAGO -- With Sunday being Mother's Day, Reds players donned pink wristbands and other pink items as part of Major League Baseball's breast cancer awareness initiative. Several players used pink bats to honor mothers, and a few even wore pink spikes.
"I'm using it for my mom," Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "I'm using it for my mom's mom and for the all the moms in my family. In recognition for the moms out there, especially for breast cancer awareness, also. I'm very privileged to use a pink bat and pink cleats. It's nice to be able to do something like this. I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Phillips was 0-for-4 using his pink bat, but other pink-bat-using teammates fared well. Jay Bruce was 2-for-3 with a walk. Ramon Hernandez drove in Bruce for the go-ahead run with a second-inning RBI single and Drew Stubbs was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer.
The Reds and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation announced that Cheryl Veigel of Canton, Ohio, was the club's winner of the Honorary Bat Girl contest. The campaign is to recognize inspirational fans who have been affected by breast cancer and have a commitment to the awareness cause. Veigel will appear at a Reds game on the next homestand.
"Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers," manager Dusty Baker said as he put pink wristbands on his arms before the game. "I made all my calls. My wife sent all the flowers and they thanked me. She even sent herself some. That's a good wife, ain't it?"
Janish out again but encouraged by progress
CHICAGO -- The wrap was off of shortstop Paul Janish's sprained right ankle and he was trying to prepare himself to get back into the Reds' lineup on Sunday.
Janish did some light activity and took some swings in the cage beneath the Wrigley Field outfield bleachers.
"I am going outside today and move around a little bit," Janish said in the clubhouse before heading to the field. "It is definitely better than it was, but it's still a little sore. I am obviously not playing today, but maybe tomorrow or the next couple of days, I'll probably be at least in the realm to get back on it pretty good. It's kind of encouraging because I thought it would be a few more days."
"I saw him leaving the hotel walking going to get something to eat," Reds manager Dusty Baker. "That was a good sign for me. It looks ugly."
Janish turned his ankle Friday rounding third base on a sacrifice bunt. Although he was able to finish the game, it had become too swollen and sore to play on Saturday. Edgar Renteria started at shortstop again on Sunday.
Even after he was first hurt, Janish wasn't concerned that he might need to go on the disabled list.
"I've rolled my ankles a lot in the past," Janish said. "I knew it would be bad for a couple of days, but I didn't think it would linger. It might be nagging for a while."
Votto's on-base streak snapped at 33 games
CHICAGO -- By going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto's streak of reaching base to start the season ended at 33 games. It left Votto one game shy of tying Dave Collins' 1981 club record. Votto was 0-for-2 with two walks on Saturday, making Sunday only the second time all season he was hitless in back-to-back games.
"Joey is doing his thing," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We know he's better than he's playing right now. It's a situation where we want to get him back on track. They're pitching him real tough."
Coincidentally, Votto's career-high 41-game on-base streak for any point of a season was snapped at Wrigley Field on July 4, 2010. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning of that game, but did not think there was any irony to that.
"I don't think so. It just so happens I ended it here," Votto said. "You go through stretches where you miss. I've been missing lately. It will pass."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Votto's on-base streak was the longest to start a season since Albert Pujols reached in the first 42 games the Cardinals played in 2008.
Third baseman Juan Francisco, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left calf, was scheduled to leave Sunday for a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville.
Miguel Cairo started at third base for the Reds on Sunday. It was Cairo's first start since April 30 because he had been out with a sore knee. Cairo did enter Saturday's game in a double switch and was 0-for-1.