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07/28/11 1:09 PM ET

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.

Reds remaining hopeful for trade boost

CINCINNATI -- The trades started to flow around baseball the past couple of days, and a few Reds players have grown curious about whether or not their team will make an addition.

The Reds, who traded outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Nationals for two Minor Leaguers on Tuesday, have yet to add a player leading up to Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. It's getting harder to gauge if a move will happen as Cincinnati entered Thursday in fourth place in the National League Central with a 50-54 record and 5 1/2 games out of first place.

Players remained hopeful, however, that a deal could still be made.

"I feel like we have great players on the team, but right now, we're just not getting it done," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "We have some of the best talent in baseball on one team, but as a team, we're not putting things together. We have to do something to change up the attitude. It can be something small. I love my teammates to death, but we all want to win."

A source told MLB.com that the Reds have balked at the Rockies' high asking price for ace starter Ubaldo Jimenez, which included pitchers Travis Wood and Homer Bailey and either lefty Aroldis Chapman or catching prospect Devin Mesoraco. The belief is the Reds have moved on to Rays starter James Shields, who endured a rocky start Wednesday night -- allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits in four innings to take a loss against the Athletics.

Trade Include

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."

Worth noting

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."

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.