09/16/11 10:32 PM ET
Reds officially eliminated from postseason play
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Maloney to start in place of Cueto on Monday
CINCINNATI -- With Johnny Cueto unable to make his next start on Monday for the Reds, left-hander Matt Maloney will step in to face the Astros."They told me yesterday," Maloney said on Friday. "I'm happy I'm getting an opportunity to start. I was feeling good about how I was throwing in [Triple-A] Louisville. I was throwing the ball well. Hopefully I can carry it over to here. I'm real excited about getting the opportunity again." The Reds have yet to make an official announcement about Monday's starter. In seven games, including one start for the Reds this season, Maloney is 0-2 with a 6.88 ERA over 17 innings. He was on the 60-day disabled list from May 26-Aug. 16 because of a broken rib. Maloney's only outing since his Sept. 1 recall from Louisville was a two-inning relief appearance at Colorado on Saturday. He gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and took the loss. In 14 games, including 13 starts for Louisville, Maloney was 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA. The 27-year-old is the Bats' all-time leader in wins (39), starts (86) strikeouts (435) and innings (516 1/3). He made the big league club out of Spring Training as a long reliever. "I've always felt like I've been a good starter," Maloney said. "I always felt like I have thrown the ball well. But you have to do whatever it takes to stay in the big leagues, and my opportunity at the time was to be in the bullpen. To get a chance to start one game, or however many it is, I'm really happy."
Hernandez behind the plate for Arroyo's start
CINCINNATI -- For the first time this season on Friday -- and only the seventh time in three seasons -- Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez was behind the plate for a Bronson Arroyo start.Arroyo almost exclusively works with Ryan Hanigan as his batterymate. But Hanigan was not available against the Brewers. Hernandez pinch-hit for Hanigan in the seventh inning on Thursday vs. the Cubs. "That's why we took him out last night -- he had some back spasms," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Hanigan, who is listed as day to day.
Center fielder Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup Friday as hot-hitting Chris Heisey started in his place. Stubbs had three hits on Thursday, but also two strikeouts. His 193 strikeouts this season leads the Major Leagues and is 10th all-time in the Majors for a single season. Mark Reynolds holds the record with 223 strikeouts in 2009. Adam Dunn holds the Reds record with 195, set in 2004.