06/17/10 12:28 PM ET
Baker's meeting helps Reds fend off panic
First three-game slide since mid-April no reason for alarm
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Dickerson slowly progressing with rehab
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson's long, slow rehabilitation from right hand and wrist surgeries continues. Dickerson took fly balls with coach Billy Hatcher on Thursday morning and has recently started hitting soft tosses in the cage."It's going pretty well," Dickerson said of hitting. "I don't feel like the power is even close. But it's getting close to where it's pain free. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully, by Sunday, I will be taking light batting practice. I might even try acupuncture to see if anything can loosen up the tightness in my forearm." Dickerson, who has been out since April 30 and is on the 60-day disabled list, has a scar across the palm of his right glove hand. He throws left-handed. "It doesn't hurt to catch, but I will catch one right on the bone, in the wrong spot, and it kind of gets it," Dickerson said. "But that's one in every 50 balls. When it gets it, it's like having a small electric current go through your fingers."
Lefty reliever Bill Bray, who is working his way back from May 2009 Tommy John surgery, has six scoreless appearances and two hits allowed over 6 2/3 Minor League innings. He's walked two and struck out 10. Bray pitched four games with Class A Lynchburg and has two one-inning appearances logged with Triple-A Louisville. ... The Reds entered Thursday as the only team in the Majors with four hitters batting .300 or better in Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto Scott Rolen and Jonny Gomes. ... Cincinnati will start a three-game Interleague series on Friday in Seattle. The Reds are 1-5 all-time vs. the Mariners, including 1-2 at Safeco Field in 2007.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.