08/21/10 10:39 PM ET
Harang's rehab struggles pose dilemma
Reds must decide if rotation has room for right-hander
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Janish 'outstanding' as fill-in for Cabrera
LOS ANGELES -- The Reds are not rushing injured shortstop Orlando Cabrera back off the disabled list from a sore left oblique muscle. They don't have to with the way Paul Janish has filled in.Janish has played every game at shortstop for the Reds since Cabrera went down on Aug. 3. He entered Saturday batting .296 (16-for-54) in his last 15 games with two homers while playing spectacular defense. "He's been outstanding," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's gotten some key hits and very key walks. Especially in the eighth spot, you need a guy that can drive in some big runs and also bring the pitcher to the plate with either a hit or walk, especially with two outs so we don't have to pinch-hit for him the next inning and the pitcher isn't leading off the next inning." Baker was asked if Janish might be due for a day off soon to keep him from wearing down. Remember that Janish played sparingly much of this season. "He's not tired. He's had four months to rest," Baker said. "You go ask if he needs a day off. " As for Cabrera, it looked more and more like his return wouldn't come until after the road trip was completed. The Reds head to San Francisco next. "We'll see. I'm not sure," Baker said. "It's going to be cool and that doesn't help the situation. Whenever he says he's ready, we'll give him another couple of days."
Baker uncertain if Rolen will rest for finale
LOS ANGELES -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is often rested for day games that follow night games, but manager Dusty Baker wasn't sure yet on Saturday if he would give Rolen the break or not."I saw him take a couple of swings [Friday]," Baker said. "He didn't look quite like Scott. I go on how they move and swing and what I see. He's not quite there yet." Baker prefers to have Rolen to play all three games against the contending Giants, but could also give him the Wednesday afternoon game off before Thursday's scheduled off-day.
Reds, Double-A Carolina extend affiliation
LOS ANGELES -- The Reds extended their affiliation agreement with Double-A Carolina for two more seasons through 2012, it was announced on Saturday.
Cincinnati has been sending players to the Mudcats since last season and count current Reds big leaguers Chris Heisey, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith and Travis Wood among their alumni.