08/30/11 6:54 PM ET
Phillips generating spark atop Reds lineup
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Heisey takes BP at Great American Ball Park
CINCINNATI -- Given a day off from his injury rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, Reds outfielder Chris Heisey was at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday to take batting practice.Heisey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 7 with a strained left oblique, hit a home run on Monday for Louisville against Columbus. It was his only hit in three games while going 1-for-8. "I've been feeling better each time out," Heisey said. "Other than the home run, the results haven't been what I hoped for. But when you haven't played for four weeks, it's tough to start hitting the minute you come back to playing again." Heisey expected to play one more game for Louisville on Wednesday before being activated from the DL on Thursday, when rosters are allowed to expand. "Everything feels great. I feel like I am ready to go, 100 percent," Heisey said.
Alonso shifts to bench with Arroyo starting
CINCINNATI -- One night after his first professional start at third base for the Reds, Yonder Alonso did not start against the Phillies on Tuesday. When deciding whether or not he will start Alonso, manager Dusty Baker takes into account not only who is pitching for the other team, but who is starting for the Reds."I've got spray charts with guys where they'll most likely hit the ball, which pitchers that they pull the ball," Baker said. In Monday's 3-2 loss, Alonso did not get a single ball hit to him with Homer Bailey pitching. Baker counted on a strikeout pitcher like Bailey not inducing a lot of ground balls. Bronson Arroyo started on Tuesday, and he is prone to putting the ball in play. "There are guys like Dontrelle [Willis] that likes to throw sinkers and Bronson throwing slow stuff -- you want your defense out there," Baker said. "When Bronson is pitching, you want your best defensive outfield, if possible, because he will throw up some fly balls."
Seven members of the Reds were selected on Tuesday to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Pitchers Bradley Boxberger, Nick Christiani, Donnie Joseph and Travis Webb, catcher and 2010 first-round Draft pick Yasmani Grandal, and infielders Cody Puckett and Brodie Greene will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The AFL season begins on Oct. 4. Defenseman James Wisniewski of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets donned a Reds uniform and shagged fly balls during batting practice on Tuesday.