04/14/12 7:25 PM ET
Baker says Phillips' return should be Sunday
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Cairo exits after straining left hamstring
WASHINGTON -- Reds utility infielder Miguel Cairo exited Saturday's game vs. the Nationals in the second inning because of a strained left hamstring. Cairo's return status is considered day to day by the club.Cairo started at third base in place of a resting Scott Rolen, and notched his first hit of the season with a one-out double to left field in the top of the second. Two batters later, Drew Stubbs drove him in with an RBI single to left field. Cairo scored with a slide into the plate, but reached for the hamstring on his way back to the dugout. "When I slid into the plate, I felt a big cramp," Cairo said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. It feels tight. Hopefully it's nothing bad."
Wilson Valdez replaced Cairo to begin the bottom of the second inning.
Ludwick discusses key Nats homer on Friday
WASHINGTON -- As he pursued Xavier Nady's home run on Friday, Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick missed it by thatmuch.Nady's pinch-hit drive off reliever Bill Bray in the eighth inning brushed Ludwick's glove at the top of the wall as it went out. Ludwick made it clear that he did not knock the ball over the fence -- it was already on the other side. "What happened when I went back was I didn't think I had to jump," Ludwick explained on Saturday. "My body hit the wall as I was reaching up. It jarred my arm just enough that I turned my glove a little bit. It caught the thumb on it and it just flipped off. [In hindsight], I would have jumped. I didn't think I had to jump." The solo homer by Nady made it a 1-1 game and would force extra innings before a 2-1 Reds defeat in 13. "I wouldn't say it was an easy one, but it wasn't an extremely hard play," Ludwick said. "It was one of those unfortunate plays, I guess."
On the heels of a 13-inning game Friday, Baker made a few lineup changes for Saturday. Ryan Hanigan was originally slated to catch Reds starter Homer Bailey, but was rested after he caught all 13 innings the night before. Devin Mesoraco started. Scott Rolen was originally going to be rested Sunday but got Saturday off instead after he played every inning Friday as well.