09/22/10 12:06 AM ET
Edmonds possibly tears Achilles on homer trot
While rounding bases, 40-year-old feels pop, exits game
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Reds' Votto scratched due to sinus infection
MILWAUKEE -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scratched from Tuesday's lineup vs. the Brewers because he wasn't feeling well, manager Dusty Baker revealed."He has a very serious sinus infection, which is tough," Baker said. "All that hitting, base running and all that, there's got to be some fatigue. You don't get fatigue physically making outs. You get fatigue hitting and running the bases." Jim Edmonds, originally slated to play center field, was moved to first base for Votto, and Chris Heisey played center field. Jay Bruce moved up to take Votto's third spot in the lineup. Baker had been looking for a chance to give a break to Votto, who had played 31 straight games since his last day off on Aug. 18 -- which was for stiffness in his lower back. But he was holding off because the first-place Reds haven't clinched the National League Central race yet. Votto is also competing for some individual offensive achievements. A National League MVP candidate, Votto's two-run home run in the eighth inning helped give the Reds a 5-2 win over Milwaukee on Monday. This season, the 27-year-old's .323 average and 106 RBIs are third in the league, and he is tied for second with 35 home runs.
Stubbs hits 20-20 mark in first full season
MILWAUKEE -- The two-run home run Drew Stubbs hit in the second inning of Monday's win over the Brewers barely cleared the right-field wall, but it carried with it plenty of personal significance.With 20 homers and 25 steals, Stubbs has a 20-20 season in his first full year in the Majors. "Coming into the season, I try not to set any statistical goals, but one thing I kind of had in mind was to try and reach 20 home runs," Stubbs said Tuesday. "I thought it'd be an attainable goal, but also a challenge. Getting that last night was pretty special." Amazingly, Stubbs has 28 home runs in 664 career big league at-bats. He totaled the same number of homers over four Minor League seasons and 1,588 at-bats. "Coming up, you hear scouts and instructors tell you that power is the last thing to come," Stubbs said. "I've known all along I had it in me to do that. It hadn't always translated into the games. I think the key to that this year is I've been able to hit with backspin a lot more consistently. Balls I might have hit hard for doubles last year are carrying a little farther and turning into home runs this year." Manager Dusty Baker had already decided before the road trip that the center fielder would get a break from the lineup on Tuesday. When Stubbs was batting just .228 in early August, Baker stuck with him and ignored clamoring to not play him. "I remember at one time a lot of people were screaming to send him out of here," Baker said. "Sometimes you have to stick with a young player and let him learn and improve. The only way to do that is play. ... We just hadn't seen the power until he got to the big leagues, which happened to me the same way. You get bigger. You get stronger. You get a better idea of the strike zone. You learn. He's come a long ways."
Lefty Bruce likely to play vs. southpaw Wolf
MILWAUKEE -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, a left-handed hitter, has missed three games since his Sept. 13 return from a sore right side; all were vs. left-handed starting pitchers. That included Monday against the Brewers and Chris Capuano.However, manager Dusty Baker plans to start Bruce on Wednesday against lefty Randy Wolf. "One time it was his side," Baker said. "The other time, it had to do with who I thought that particular left-handed matchup was. I didn't like the matchup with Capuano. Plus, [Chris] Heisey is healthy again and it was time for him to play. The 1-for-17 vs. Wandy [Rodriguez] is kind of self explanatory. "It's my job to understand the personnel -- their strengths and weaknesses -- compared to who I think is pitching against them that day." Bruce came into the night a .264 hitter vs. lefties and .284 against right-handers. "He hits Wolf pretty good, plus Wolf has had more success against right-handers than left-handers," Baker said. "I stuck with Jay earlier in the year against almost anybody."