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06/13/12 7:10 PM ET

Stubbs under the weather, misses BP

CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs, who has not played since June 5 because of a strained left oblique muscle, was unable to take batting practice again on Wednesday because he was sick. He also didn't take BP as planned on Tuesday.

Stubbs missed his seventh straight game as the Reds played the middle game against the Indians.

"We've got to address that too and where he is," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's been a little over a week. We're reluctant to use him at this point."

If the Reds use Stubbs in a game, they would be unable to backdate a potential disabled list move to June 6. However, there are no current plans to place him on the DL.

"We haven't talked about it yet," Baker said.

Leake feeling better, expects to go Thursday

CINCINNATI -- Several Reds players affected by a stomach bug on Tuesday appeared to be in better shape while in the clubhouse on Wednesday.

Chief among them was right-hander Mike Leake, who on Tuesday was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday and pushed back to face Cleveland on Thursday.

"I'm feeling better, but keep your distance though," Leake warned, maybe half joking.

Leake felt he would be ready to start on Thursday. He was given IV fluids on Tuesday night and planned to get another one later on Wednesday.

"I was pretty dehydrated," Leake said. "I just watched TV, watched the game. That's about all I could do."

If Leake won't be ready to start on Thursday, Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated that someone from the bullpen could step up and take Leake's turn. Another likely scenario is that Friday starter Bronson Arroyo could move up a day to pitch.

Shortstop Zack Cozart, who was also affected by illness, did not start a second straight game on Wednesday as Wilson Valdez started in his place. Cozart felt like he was available to come off of the bench and expected to start on Thursday.

"I only lost a couple of pounds," Cozart said. "That was good. I drank a lot of fluids today. That's all I've been doing, drinking water and Powerade stuff."

Besides Leake and Cozart, Drew Stubbs, Logan Ondrusek, Devin Mesoraco were ailing and unavailable on Tuesday. While getting a 7-1 win over the Indians, Baker had only a two-man bench in Miguel Cairo and Kristopher Negron.

Joey Votto, who hit a two-run homer and a RBI single in Tuesday's win, was also under the weather, but downplayed its effect on him.

"I didn't think I was in a place where I needed to sit," Votto said. "Other guys were throwing up, had IV's, but I wasn't in that place. I was sick, but I could play through it, that's it."

While there are some theories, the club still doesn't know how so many players got sick at one time.

"It only takes one carrier," Baker said. "A lot of them were shaking hands and stuff [Tuesday] too with people. It's hard to put a handle on it. Now it's not a matter of the problem, it's a matter of the solution to the problem. It's too late, the problem is already here."

Worth noting

• Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer threw out a ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday before the Reds and Indians played in their second Ohio Cup rivalry game.

• Reds players' wives and volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul collected non-perishable foods items from fans for a Strike Out Hunger initiative. Fans who donate the minimum two food items received a view level ticket to the Reds vs. Padres game on July 30.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.