CINCINNATI -- During the past week on the road, the Reds filled their share of the K Korner against the opposition. Cincinnati's hitters racked up double-digit strikeout totals in each of the previous four games entering Monday.That included a season-high 15 strikeouts on Saturday vs. the Yankees. Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has watched his strikeout total soar of late. During his 1-for-17 stretch, Bruce has struck out 11 times.
"I think as far as my routine and approach, it's been the exact same," Bruce said before Monday's game. "That's why I'm not too worried about it. It's a little combination of not getting a lot to hit and some tough pitches, and I chased a few pitches where I shouldn't have."
Bruce snapped a 0-for-16 skid with an infield single in his final at-bat on Sunday. He entered Monday batting .276 with a team-leading 10 home runs, and his 27 RBIs were second on the club behind Joey Votto's 28.
"When you do get pitched tough like that, you have to focus more on getting a pitch in the zone that you can handle -- regardless of the strike zone," Bruce said. "Stay with what has made me successful."
As much as the Reds have struck out lately, their 329 K's entering the night were only the sixth-highest total in the National League.
Rolen not sure when he'll resume activities
CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, who went on the 15-day disabled list on May 12 because of a strained left shoulder, has yet to pick up a bat and swing.
Rolen has been getting therapy and massages daily and received an injection on May 14 in an effort to reduce the inflammation.
"They did it under an ultrasound so they got it into the joint," Rolen said on Monday. "They're trying to calm it down so I can get back to baseball stuff."
Eligible for activation on Sunday, Rolen still did not know when he could resume baseball activity.
"We haven't even talked about it," he said.
Rookie Todd Frazier has started every game at third base since Rolen went on the DL.
"Even though we've played well, we still need Scotty," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
While Frazier has mostly handled himself reasonably well at the position, Baker has recently gone to Wilson Valdez as a defensive replacement late in some games.
"We feel Valdez is a better defender with more experience," Baker said.
Regardless of who has been at third, not every throw has been pinpoint perfect the way it was with Rolen -- an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner.
"You get spoiled by that," Baker said. "It's not how it is in a lot of places."
Ludwick appreciative of support for nephew
CINCINNATI -- After his 3-for-5, three-RBI game in Sunday's 5-2 win vs. the Yankees, the Reds' Ryan Ludwick mentioned for the first time in a postgame interview with FOX Sports Ohio that he was thinking of his young nephew, Cody, who is battling cancer. FS Ohio interviewer Jim Day tweeted support for Cody, which brought an outpouring of support for Ludwick and his family.
"I've got some other stuff in my life that puts things in perspective," said Ludwick, who started in left field for the Reds on Monday vs. Atlanta. "It's amazing the response it got from saying it on the air the other day. There are tremendous people out there. It's a blessing."
Chip off the old base: Reds honoring Jones
CINCINNATI -- To honor the career of Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, the Reds are using special commemorative bases for the four-game series. One of the bases will be presented in a ceremony on Thursday to Jones, who will retire at season's end.
The side of the bases read "Celebrating the career of No. 10, Chipper Jones."
"It's unique," said Jones, who did not start on Monday vs. Cincinnati. "It's something I never would have thought of, but it's awfully nice and classy of the Cincinnati Reds organization to do that. It's not expected, but I look forward to getting out and looking at it and hopefully rounding it maybe once or twice."