PIT@CIN: The Reds honor the memory of 9/11 victims

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto's left knee doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. The All-Star first baseman made a speedy recovery and has yet to leave the Reds' lineup since making his return Sept. 5.

Even after playing all 5 hours, 22 minutes and 14 innings of Monday night's 4-3 win over the Pirates, Votto was ready to go Tuesday.

"Joey came in smiling today and said he feels great," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who was surprised by Votto's strength just a month after his most recent surgery. "It's a great step, because I didn't think it would be that way. It just shows what kind of shape he's in."

Votto is even surprising himself with his rapid return.

"I didn't know what to expect," Votto said. "I usually try to play things by ear. I've felt pretty good so far. I've had my moments, but in general, pretty good."

In the five games he's been back in the lineup, Votto is hitting .333 with a double and two runs, drawing seven walks for a .565 on-base percentage.

Frazier reflects as Reds remember September 11

PIT@CIN: The Reds honor the memory of 9/11 victims

CINCINNATI -- Sept. 11, 2001, is a date this country will remember forever.

Everyone can recall where they were then they discovered the Twin Towers in New York City were under attack by terrorists, sending a shockwave of fear across America.

Todd Frazier, who grew up just an hour outside of New York in Toms River, N.J., reflected on the chaotic day of events that unfolded just 60 miles outside of his home.

"It was crazy. I was going, 'What the heck?'" said Frazier, echoing the sentiments that most of the country felt that day. "Next thing you know, I'm in a world affairs class, which is ironic because we talk about all that stuff. I turn the TV on and we see everything that's going on, and it's crazy. Schools got shut down a little bit after that."

Frazier was just a teenager at the time and a freshman in high school, but like most people, he can remember the tragedy like it was yesterday.

"I live an hour from there, and I saw smoke from that happening," Frazier said. "It was crazy. It traveled 60 miles to where I lived in Toms River. The next day I came in and everybody is just in tears. There were so many stories. I didn't get it until the next day, when I got home and saw it and listened to it on TV. It was pretty insane."

Frazier said he had several family members and friends who either lived, or traveled to the New York area, but luckily suffered no deaths in the family.

Cincinnati held an evening of events to honor the remembrance of 9/11 and its victims Tuesday, celebrating the second Police and Fire Appreciation Night of the 2012 season.

The Reds Fan Zone displayed a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center, and a number of acts Tuesday night -- including pregame performances, first-pitch duties and the national anthem -- also featured performances from local servicemen.

Along with an extra moment of silence to honor the victims, 20 members of the Armed Forces were saluted in the pregame ceremony.

The trumpeted sound of "God Bless America" was to ring through Great American Ball Park during the seventh-inning stretch, performed by local musician Jordan Woodie, capping off an evening of honors much bigger than baseball.

"I say my prayers every day, but today is especially for them," Frazier said. "It's crazy to think that it happened [11] years ago. It's unbelievable."

Reds monitoring fatigue in Chapman's left arm

PIT@CIN: The Reds honor the memory of 9/11 victims

CINCINNATI -- After two consecutive poor outings, the Reds are putting Aroldis Chapman's rocket arm on rest.

Chapman has failed to consistently hit his usual triple-digit mark in his past two outings and said he's feeling "a little fatigue" in his left arm of late.

"It's been a couple games back, I feel like I haven't been myself," Chapman said. "I felt a lot of fatigue when I go in there, but I don't think it's anything major or [anything] wrong. I just feel weak."

Reds manager Dusty Baker expressed his concern after Monday's outing, when Chapman walked his first two batters on nine pitches in the 10th inning of the Reds' 4-3 14-inning win over the Pirates and was eventually removed in the middle of an inning for the first time this season.

"I was worried more about his command than I was his velocity," Baker said. "I talked to Dr. [Timothy] Kremchek [team doctor], talked to our medical staff and trainers, and they just said he was a bit fatigued. The guy throws 100 mph, he's going to fatigue something sooner or later."

Chapman assured there was no pain in the arm and chalked up his lack of accuracy to the exhaustion. Baker wasn't sure how long Chapman would be off-limits, but the 24-year-old southpaw said he would be ready in "five days to a week."

"No, no, no. No pain at all. It's just fatigued," Chapman said. "It's happened before, but I think it's happened to every pitcher. A majority of other pitchers have had this problem before. It's just dead ... thank God."

Worth noting

PIT@CIN: The Reds honor the memory of 9/11 victims

• Baker said shortstop Zack Cozart, who is out with a strained left oblique muscle, continues to progress but is still day to day.

"It's not just one day to the next day," Baker said. "Whatever it's going to be, I'd anticipate a few days. You can't mess with that oblique. And we miss him. We miss his bat, too. The guy has done a good job for us in the clutch, especially. He'll be back."

• September 11 also marks the day Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record, with his 4,192nd hit back in 1985.