09/12/11 7:11 PM ET
Valaika tears ACL, hopes to be ready by spring
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Stubbs out of lineup for second time in a week
CINCINNATI -- For the second time in a week, Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup. Dave Sappelt started for Stubbs in center field, like he also did Tuesday at Chicago."He looked a little worn [down Sunday]," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Stubbs. "You could sort of see his bat dragging and his total demeanor sort of dragging. I decided to give him a day off today after what I've seen the last couple of days. Plus that light air in Colorado didn't help either if you're dragging some." Stubbs entered Monday batting .249 with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage while appearing in 145 of the Reds' 146 games. While he's trying to avoid 200 strikeouts -- he's currently at 188 -- Stubbs has 37 stolen bases and 89 runs scored. "I figured he can get fresh again and steal some more bases and hopefully get 100 runs," Baker said.
Jocketty not talking about his contract situation
CINCINNATI -- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty is loath to discuss contract negotiations about his players. Therefore, it was hardly a surprise Monday when Jocketty declined to discuss his own contract. His four-year deal as GM and president of baseball operations ends this year."I don't want to talk about my situation," Jocketty bristled. "It's like any other contract. I don't like talking about it. It's not for public consumption. It's not worth commenting on it." Jocketty was named the 2010 Sporting News executive of the year after the Reds claimed the National League Central title. Before Monday's game vs. the Cubs, his team's elimination number from the division race was two. There will be other contract situations to discuss this fall, including whether or not to pick up the $12 million club option on closer Francisco Cordero. Jocketty indicated there was a chance the Reds would extend his contract. Cordero, 36, is on record that he would like to retire with the team. The Reds do not have many viable options in-house to replace Cordero. "It's possible. We've got an option," Jocketty said of doing something with Cordero. "We have to address it somehow before the end of the season -- whether we pick up the option or if we extend him or whatever."
Shortstop Zack Cozart, who already had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, is scheduled to have surgery next week to clean out his right ankle. Cozart is expected to be fully recovered from both procedures in time for Spring Training next year.