CINCINNATI -- Injured third baseman Scott Rolen hoped that he and his surgically repaired left shoulder could get into a game before the end of the season. That isn't going to happen after Rolen saw team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Tuesday."Doc kind of said yesterday, 'Let's not take ground balls anymore,'" Rolen said on Wednesday. "Let's not do exercises. Let's let your shoulder relax for a little bit, get itself settled down. In a month or so I can get back to exercise. I agree with that 100 percent." Rolen hasn't played since July 22 and had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments in a joint in his shoulder. He batted .242 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in a season where his injury hampered him at the plate. "Next year I have aspirations of having a healthier shoulder," Rolen said. "I know I have a healthier shoulder right now. Going into Spring Training, I will get myself in shape." It's also unlikely that catcher Ryan Hanigan will see action the rest of the way because of back issues. Hanigan has had spasms, and an MRI taken on Tuesday revealed two inflamed discs. Hanigan is going to get an epidural in his back on Thursday. He hasn't given up on playing again this season, though, and manager Dusty Baker is still listing him as his third catcher. "We'll see," Hanigan said. "I'm going to try and get it calmed down, and will see how it feels after I get an injection. There is no damage, nothing long-term." Both Rolen and Hanigan will take the Reds' final road trip of the season to Pittsburgh and New York. "They're part of the team," Baker said. "If you're part of the team, I believe you should be with the team. This isn't football, where if you're hurt you don't travel with the team and don't even hang around the team."
Jocketty to reportedly pick up Phillips' option
CINCINNATI -- Considering that he barely slept a wink on Tuesday night, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips still notched three hits in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Astros. An early morning tweet from Phillips provided insight to his concerns."Got a lot on my mind! Can't believe that today 'MIGHT' be the last time I may be wearing a @Reds jersey playing at #GABP," Phillips wrote. Phillips, who is hitting .297 with 18 homers and 81 RBIs, is in the final season of his four-year, $27 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2012. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer that that option would be exercised and that preliminary talks were under way with Phillips' agents about an extension. That was news to Phillips after Wednesday's game. "I haven't heard anything," said Phillips, who would be a free agent if his option isn't picked up. "I'm just playing. That's all I can really do. This is where I want to be. I feel like this is my city. I couldn't sleep last night until maybe like seven o'clock in the morning." As for the extension possibility, there are signs that it won't come easily despite Phillips' desire to remain in Cincinnati. The two-time Gold Glove winner won't take a hometown discount to stay for the long term. "No bueno, this is my last contract," Phillips said. "There is no homeboy hookup. I just want to be paid what I am worth."
Baker gives Stubbs a day off to regroup
CINCINNATI -- Center fielder Drew Stubbs became only the second player in Major League history to cross the 200 strikeouts threshold in a season on Tuesday.But that wasn't the only reason that manager Dusty Baker made the decision to scratch Stubbs from his original lineup late Wednesday morning. "It looks like he's a little lost right now," Baker said. "We'll give him some time off and hope he finds his way the next couple of days with today and tomorrow's off-day. Sometimes, you go through a period when you're lost. "I thought about it last night when I went home. You see the look on people's faces sometimes and feel and hear the disappointment in their voice. You can sort of tell in their eyes." Dave Sappelt took Stubbs' spot in the lineup and played left field. Chris Heisey was shifted from left field to center field. Stubbs is batting .179 (10-for-56) in September with 22 strikeouts and is in the midst of an 0-for-13 stretch. That, as much as 200 strikeouts, had him feeling low. "It's the frustration of the whole season -- the day in and day out grind on top of the struggles that has kind of compounded on me," Stubbs said. "I really felt like in years past, I've finished out strong. This year, it's like I'm limping towards the end. Stuff happens in life and this game. You have to take it in stride and move on and learn from it, and hopefully do better in the future." Stubbs entered the day batting .244 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs. "Obviously, I've been in a big funk lately," Stubbs said. "With the day off tomorrow, it gives me an extra chance to regroup and get ready for the six games on the road."
During his three-hit game in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Astros, Homer Bailey was only the third pitcher in the Majors this season to finish at least 3-for-3 while getting a victory. The others were the Mets' Chris Young and Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs.
The seventh annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, held Sunday and Monday at the Belterra Casino and Resort in Indiana, raised $255,000 for the Reds Community Fund. Since the event's inception in 2005, it has raised $1.45 million.