08/17/12 7:10 PM ET
Redmond gets the call to start in doubleheader
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"He was wondering if he was OK to be in the team picture," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I said, 'Yeah, you're on the team. You won't stay very long, but you're on the team.'"
The Reds formally announced what was expected -- that Redmond would be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to pitch Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader vs. the Cubs.
Redmond, 27, will be making his big league debut. He's been called up to the Majors three previous times this season without getting into a game.
"I knew my role. It's what they had planned," Redmond said. "I knew I was a just-in-case guy the last couple of times. It feels great, especially to get here as a starter and try to help the team win."
The Reds acquired Redmond in a July trade that sent shortstop Paul Janish to the Braves. He is 8-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, overall and 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA in five games since joining Louisville.
Since the Reds didn't have him at Spring Training, there is some mystery attached to Redmond's start.
"We're at the mercy of who has had him before because I've never seen him throw," Baker said. "We have to do a lot of research. What are the signs if he's getting tired? Is he a 100-pitch guy, a 115-pitch guy? When you have a new guy, can he hold runners? Is he slow to the plate? Does he have the ability to get out of trouble? What are his signs of getting into trouble? We don't know a whole bunch about him."
Under new rules this season, the Reds can add Redmond as a 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader only without making a corresponding move. He expects to have his parents fly to Cincinnati from St. Petersburg, Fla., for the start.
"It always helps when you know when you're going to do something and go pitch," Redmond said. "I will treat it like any other start."
Ace Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start Game 1 of the doubleheader for Cincinnati. Assuming Cueto makes the start, Redmond's outing will snap what will be a 120-game streak of using only five starters all season.
Recovering Votto waiting to start baseball activities
CINCINNATI -- Since having a second minor surgical procedure to remove loose cartilage from his left knee one week ago, Reds first baseman Joey Votto still hasn't advanced to hitting or field work.
"I'll probably advance to baseball stuff at some point," Votto said on Friday. "I'm not sure when, because they haven't specifically told me yet. We're getting a lot of good stuff done in the pool."
Votto said he was not going to join the team for its four-game road trip at Philadelphia that begins on Monday.
There remains no timetable for when Votto might be activated from the disabled list. He has been out of the lineup since July 16. The Reds entered Friday with a 21-9 record since Votto went down with torn meniscus cartilage.
Heisey presented with Heart and Hustle Award
CINCINNATI -- In pregame ceremonies on the field Friday, Reds great George Foster presented outfielder Chris Heisey with the Heart and Hustle Award.
Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005 and annually presented to one player on each of the 30 clubs, the Heart and Hustle Award is given to current players who "demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the game's values, spirit and tradition."
The national Heart and Hustle Award winner will be revealed on Nov. 13.
Past Reds winners of the award include Miguel Cairo (2011), Jonny Gomes (2010), Adam Rosales (2009), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Ryan Freel (2007) and Adam Dunn (2006).
• In 10 series since the All-Star break, the Reds are 8-1-1 with four series sweeps.