04/18/11 11:51 PM ET
Chapman looks to be back to his old self
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Hermida called up; Francisco lands on DL
CINCINNATI -- The Reds on Monday placed backup third baseman and primary lefty pinch-hitter Juan Francisco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf.Outfielder Jeremy Hermida had his contract selected from Triple-A Louisville to replace Francisco on the bench. To clear space for Hermida on the 40-man roster, reliever Jared Burton (right shoulder inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL. Francisco was injured in the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-2 win vs. the Pirates. He hit a single and hopped on one foot up the line. Hermida, who was signed to a Minor League deal in the offseason as a non-roster player at Spring Training, joins the club after a strong start at Louisville. "That's what I asked him to do," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Hermida. "At the time, I said go down and bust your butt. If something happens, I want to be able to call up a guy that's hot." In 10 games for Louisville, Hermida was a .333/.405/.606 (AVG/OBP/SLG) hitter, with two home runs and eight RBIs. "I tried not to look at the big picture and just go out there and produce every day," said Hermida, who was formerly with the Marlins, Red Sox and A's. "You never know what's going to happen up here. I've been on both sides of it. You see things happen during the course of a season, so all you can do is keep yourself ready, and hopefully, [an] opportunity presents itself." Hermida, 27, was one of the final cuts in camp despite batting .342 with three homers and six RBIs. Not making the 40-man roster cost him since the Reds could not create space. He was given the opportunity to seek a big league job elsewhere before reporting to Louisville. "I wanted to be here the whole time," Hermida said. "I always did. Coming in this offseason, this is the team I wanted to be a part of. We looked out there, but this was a good situation and the place I wanted to be. The timing of it was a little unfortunate at the beginning, but I'm excited to be here now."
Bailey slated for another rehab start
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was back in the clubhouse Monday, one day after making his rehab start for Triple-A Louisville. Bailey, who threw 62 pitches over five scoreless innings, was optimistic about his outing. He is trying to return from a right shoulder impingement that occurred during Spring Training."It went pretty good, all things considered," said Bailey, who allowed two hits and one walk. "I didn't feel any pain, which is plus No. 1. Early on, I felt really good. Once you start doubling your pitch count from one game to the next -- I felt pretty tired in the middle of the fifth. That kind of goes with the territory when you're building up your pitches." Bailey walked his one batter, the eighth hitter ahead of the pitcher, in the fifth. He also said he was working on stuff. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch again Friday for Louisville at Columbus, Ohio, and make up to 85 pitches. If all goes well, he could return for an April 27 big league game in Milwaukee.
Phillips misses fourth straight game
CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game on Monday because of a sore right groin.Manager Dusty Baker said it was "probable" Phillips could return on Tuesday when the Reds open a three-game series vs. the D-backs. "He was a little upset today. Whenever they tell me they're ready, I try to give them another day," Baker said. "If he passed all his tests today ... because he still felt something going in one direction and turning the other direction. I know if that happens during a game, he's going to overextend the way Brandon plays all the way."