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06/26/11 2:01 PM ET

No movement on talks with top Draft pick

BALTIMORE -- It's been rather quiet of late with news regarding the Reds' first-round Draft pick, pitcher Robert Stephenson.

Stephenson was the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif. The deadline to sign all picks is Aug. 15. When might the Reds ink Stephenson? "Probably Aug. 13," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty joked.

The Reds' past few first-round picks were all signed right at or near the deadline.

"[Stephenson] came out to the ballpark when we were in San Francisco," Jocketty said. "We've had very little discussions with him at this point. I don't know if we will for a while."

Reds sticking with shortstop duo for time being

BALTIMORE -- As the Reds' shortstop duo of Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria has struggled to hit this season, speculation about whether to promote shortstop prospect Zack Cozart has intensified in recent days.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has no immediate plans to make a change, however.

"Everybody has a spot on the club that may not be [getting] all the production they want," Jocketty said. "But we're still getting good defense from those guys. That is as critical as the offense for us, because of our pitching staff and the way we've built our club, defense is extremely important."

The Janish-Renteria combination came into Sunday batting .230 for the season, with zero home runs and 14 errors in the field. At Triple-A Louisville, Cozart was batting .318 with seven homers, 29 RBIs and eight errors entering Sunday.

Despite his six errors as the primary shortstop, Janish generally has an exceptional glove and is probably better defensively than Cozart. Janish came into the day batting .232 in 61 games, with 19 RBIs.

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"We're willing to wait for a while," Jocketty said. "We still have faith in Janish. Right now, he's probably putting a lot of pressure on himself. He just needs to relax and play the type of game he's capable of playing."

Under-the-weather Bruce misses finale

BALTIMORE -- Wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sitting alone at his locker on Sunday, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce looked under the weather. He felt equally lousy, and did not start on Sunday against the Orioles because of a still undetermined illness.

Bruce was expected to visit the Orioles team doctor for a diagnosis.

"I don't feel good this morning," Bruce said. "I felt perfectly fine last night. But when I got back to the hotel and went to bed, I caught a chill and couldn't shake it."

Bruce was 2-for-10 in the first two games of the series, including an 0-for-5, three-strikeout game on Saturday. Because the team checked out of its hotel already, Bruce had to remain at the ballpark, instead of staying in bed.

"We're going to find a place to quarantine him if he's contagious, so he doesn't get anyone else sick," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Fisher optioned to make room for Bailey

BALTIMORE -- To clear roster space Sunday for the activation of starting pitcher Homer Bailey from the disabled list, the Reds optioned reliever Carlos Fisher to Triple-A Louisville.

Fisher is 0-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 10 games over two stints with Cincinnati. Although he had a 5.11 ERA in seven games during the second callup, that included a 95-pitch outing during the epic 19-inning game at Philadelphia on May 25. In one other game at Los Angeles, he gave up three runs over two-thirds of an inning to spike his ERA.

"Fish did a good job," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's the best he's pitched this year. Other than the one game, he pitched great. He saved our bullpen in the extra-inning game, big time. Sometimes, it's a matter of numbers."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.