07/28/11 1:09 PM ET
Reds remaining hopeful for trade boost
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is still a buyer on the market looking to add talent."I'm sure they're trying. He's one of the best," closer Francisco Cordero said of Jocketty. "I know the job he did with St. Louis, and he put our team together last year that won the division. He's looking for some help, and it won't surprise me between now and Sunday if we make a move and we get people to help the team compete and play better. We're not playing good right now." Reds manager Dusty Baker is looped in on trade proposals but hasn't noticed the pace picking up yet. "I hear about it. They ask my opinion on things," Baker said. "I don't have the final say so, but I'm one of the guys that are in on the discussions." Cordero realizes it can be an unsettling period for a clubhouse approaching the Deadline -- because to bring in talent, it means teammates will likely depart. "Nobody knew Jonny would go, and he got traded. You have to understand this is business, and you have to be ready for it whenever the time comes," Cordero said. "It's hard to see people go, people you've played with. At the same time, it's going to happen."
Burton takes rehab assignment to Triple-A
CINCINNATI -- The rehab assignment of reliever Jared Burton will move to Triple-A Louisville on Friday, when he is scheduled to throw two innings. He has not pitched in the big leagues all season since having right shoulder surgery.Burton has thrown three games with the organization's Arizona Summer League team, totaling four innings. His last outing was two innings on Monday. "It's been great," Burton said. "It feels as good as I've felt my whole career. It's so much more free and easy. I'm not getting sore after my outings, which had never been the case. My velocity is coming along pretty good. I was 91-94 mph in my third outing. It's only going to get better with arm strength." Burton has spent the past month throwing at the club's player development complex in the desert of Goodyear, Ariz. He worked out and threw at Great American Ball Park on Thursday.
Right fielder Jay Bruce was dropped from fifth to sixth in the batting order on Thursday vs. the Mets against lefty starter Chris Capuano. Bruce came in hitting .240 vs. left-handers and .273 against right-handers."Left-handers have been giving him the blues lately," manager Dusty Baker said. "He was hitting them great earlier in the year. Lately, they're working him over pretty good."