05/12/12 7:09 PM ET
Rolen lands on DL with ailing shoulder
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Leake slated to take next turn in rotation
CINCINNATI -- All signs appear to point to pitcher Mike Leake getting another start for the Reds. Leake is still scheduled to face the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field.Leake, who is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in six starts this season, lasted a career-low three innings and allowed six runs in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Nationals. "We haven't covered it yet. I would like to think so," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Leake starting Wednesday. "You don't want somebody looking over their shoulder like they're on death row or something, either. We are going to a bigger ballpark in New York, which will probably help, too." In Leake's 31 2/3 innings, he has allowed 40 hits and 11 walks with 16 strikeouts. He's allowed five or more runs in four of his six outings. "There's such a thing as bad starts sometimes," Baker said. "We know he can pitch, but hopefully we can get it straightened out. We're confident he can still pitch. So the answer right now is yes."
Frazier making most of opportunity this season
CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie infielder/outfielder Todd Frazier certainly hasn't squandered his opportunity. Frazier, who started in place of the struggling Scott Rolen at third base on Saturday, took a .364 average into the game vs. the Nationals.Frazier was initially recalled from Triple-A Louisville on April 17 when Miguel Cairo went on the disabled list. When Cairo was activated, the club outrighted Willie Harris in order to keep Frazier. "It's up to the player. I give guys opportunities, and hopefully he can continue swinging well," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's done better here than in Triple-A." Frazier ranks second in the Majors with five hits as a pinch-hitter. Saturday marked his fifth start at third base, and he also started on Wednesday in left field. "The opportunity presented itself to him, especially when some of the other guys struggled," Baker said. "We are right-handed dominant, which we would like to do something about in some point in time, especially off the bench."
As player, Aaron helped Baker cool outbursts
CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker learned about Nationals rookie Bryce Harper's self-inflicted head injury from his 13-year-old son Darren. Harper, who was 0-for-5 Friday, was bloodied and needed 10 stitches after swinging his bat against a wall in the Washington dugout area. The bat bounced back and hit him above his left eye."Sometimes that's good for kids like my son's age to see how not to do things," Baker said. "You can tell them about the repercussions on how not to act, but it's different for them to see it." In his younger playing years with the Braves, Baker was admittedly prone to outbursts of his own. That was until teammate Hank Aaron stopped him with a hand on his shoulders. "One time I threw my helmet down in front of Hank Aaron," Baker explained. "He told me, 'I don't want to see you throw that helmet down again.' He said, 'It ain't the helmet's fault. Put that helmet back where it came from, go over there and sit down, and figure out how you are going to get them next time.'"
Saturday was Joey Votto Gold Glove bobblehead night for the first 25,000 fans that entered Great American Ball Park. The Reds announced the game as a sellout, the third of the season.