08/19/11 7:48 PM ET
Renteria's injury limits Baker's options at short
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Ondrusek could be activated Tuesday
PITTSBURGH -- Logan Ondrusek appears to be on track to return from the disabled list soon. The reliever, who has been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 9 with a strained right forearm, is eligible for activation on Tuesday."He could have been back realistically three or four days after he went on," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "But we couldn't afford to go short." Another reliever, Jared Burton, returned from his Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, but he has not been activated from the 60-day DL yet. Burton has not pitched in the Majors all season after undergoing right shoulder surgery. He was 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA in seven appearances for Louisville. "He was throwing the ball decent, to the best of my knowledge," Baker said. "He'd throw the ball good one day, the next day was off and then on again."
Top pick Stephenson reports to Arizona
PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Robert Stephenson, the Reds top 2011 Draft pick, reported to his new team in Goodyear, Ariz., on Friday. Stephenson will be with the Arizona League Reds.Stephenson will only get to be around for the final 10 days of the team's season after signing at the deadline late Monday night. While he could get some time in the instructional league this fall, the late signing essentially cost him his first pro season.
Stephenson's agent wasn't concerned that the delay would put the 18-year-old's career too far behind."We're not worried because he's such a self-starter," said Matt Sosnick, who also represents Reds players Jay Bruce and Dontrelle Willis. "He takes this so seriously. My sense is a lot of guys that fall behind do because of lack of preparation. He is so well prepared, whether it was his academic life or his baseball life." Taken with the 27th overall pick out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif., Stephenson received a $2 million bonus from Cincinnati. It was a deal that was reached just minutes before the deadline expired. Sosnick credited Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley for helping make the signing happen. "I've dealt with Chris a lot over the years," Sosnick said. "He's one guy who is super ethical. Whether the guy is signed or not, you know you'll get nothing but straight, direct and honest feedback from Chris Buckley. With our dealings with him, there was no doubt that it would get done."
As part of his 15-game slate, former Reds star Sean Casey was back in the broadcast booth as a Fox Sports Ohio analyst on Friday. Casey will also work Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. Saturday's game has been picked up as a FOX national broadcast and was recently moved to 4:11 p.m. ET from the original 7:05 p.m. start time.