Baker says Marshall wasn't throwing at Wright
Mets star felt hit-by-pitch was retaliation for Votto plunking
NEW YORK -- Nowadays, it seems any time a player in one of the Reds' games is hit by a pitch, manager Dusty Baker has to answer to beanball theories. This weekend is no different.
After Reds star Joey Votto was hit by a pitch from Dillon Gee in the third inning Friday night, Mets third baseman Wright David was hit by Sean Marshall in the eighth.
After the game, Wright told reporters he believed it was retaliatory.
"We would have done the same thing," Wright said. "I appreciate him keeping the ball down and kind of doing it the right way. But that has to be expected. That's just guys policing themselves, and that's the way the game's played."
Baker, who was in the news last week after he acknowledged that he instructed Mat Latos to throw inside against the Braves' Derek Lowe, denied any intent in New York.
"You can perceive anything you want to," Baker said. "[Wright] is a heck of a player. He's 4-for-6 off Marshall, so evidently nothing else has worked. He was trying to come inside with a fastball. If he's 4-for-6 off Marshall, he's probably hit breaking balls. If you're coming inside, there's not much margin -- it's just 4-6 inches between hitting a guy and it being a strike. People can perceive it any way they want to. In modern baseball, there's always going to be that perception."
Baker also said he didn't believe the Mets intended to hit Votto. Judging by Gee's reaction after the pitch, it didn't appear that he meant to either.
"What did Votto do to deserve that?" Baker said. "This guy doesn't clown, this guy doesn't showboat. He doesn't do anything that would merit getting hit ... other than just hitting .360."
Heisey remains out of lineup with sore groin
NEW YORK -- Chris Heisey continues to nurse a sore left groin and, although manager Dusty Baker said the Reds' center fielder needs some more time to rest, he appears to be progressing.
"He's moving around a lot better," Baker said before Saturday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Heisey said he felt tightness when he crossed the plate in the fourth inning of Cincinnati's win against the Indians on Thursday, and has not played since he was removed from the game shortly thereafter.
"If he was playing first base or something, it'd be a different thing," Baker said. "But he's an outfielder and he's got to run. He depends on running. Definitely another day and maybe more. We'll see."
Heisey, who is the Reds' second center fielder sidelined (Drew Stubbs is on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury), is batting .275 with a homer and 12 RBIs in 53 games this year.
Rolen, Bray continue rehabilitation stints
NEW YORK -- Third baseman Scott Rolen and reliever Bill Bray both continued their rehabilitation this weekend for the Reds, appearing in a game Friday night for Triple-A Louisville.
Bray, on the disabled list since April 24 with a strained left groin, has now made four total appearances (two with Class A Dayton and two with Louisville) and logged two-thirds of an inning (two hits, two earned runs, one walk, one strikeout, 25 pitches) in the 4-1 loss Friday night.
"Bray gave up a couple runs, but he finished strong," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
The southpaw has thrown a total of 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, two runs, two walks while striking out eight.
"We want to make sure Bray is not only ready, but over-ready," Baker said. "The bullpen has been pretty tight and we want him to come in and complement things. ... It's always nice to have one more lefty."
Rolen, on the 15-day DL since May 12 with a strained left shoulder, began Friday night what is expected to be a two-game rehab stint with Louisville (1-for-3 with a strikeout). He is expected to rejoin the club Monday in Cleveland.