04/14/2013 1:29 PM ET
Phillips back in lineup after missing Saturday's game
By George Von Benko / Special to MLB.com
PITTSBURGH - Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday's game at Pittsburgh due to a family matter. It was the first game Phillips has missed this season.
The Reds could use his offense after struggling in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Saturday night. The Reds went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
"Phillips is back and ready to go," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Cueto being assessed by team doctor
PITTSBURGH -- Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto will be checked out by team doctor Timothy Kremcheck in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Cueto left the game on Saturday night with one out in the fifth inning with right triceps pain.
"We will hear something once we get back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We could hear something today, but I anticipate when we get back.
The Reds are hoping for a positive report on Cueto's health, but they do have options if he has to miss some time. One is 23-year-old lefty Tony Cingrani, who has been stellar in Triple-A this season. He struck out 14 over six no-hit innings in his first start, and in his second start, he tossed 6 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing three hits and fanning seven.
"We've got to hear word on Cueto first," Baker said. "You asked me why we didn't call up Cingrani, and that's the reason why. In case something happens, he's our first line of defense. I just hope Cueto's okay. But it was a plus that it wasn't his shoulder or elbow."
Reds celebrating Jackie Robinson Day on Monday
PITTSBURGH -- The Reds and Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday to honor the legacy of the legendary Hall of Famer. All players and on-field personnel will wear No. 42. In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
The annual celebration to commemorate the 66tth anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947 will feature ceremonies and events at Great American Ball Park that include:
• Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar alumnus Brittany Jones will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
• SBM Management Services will accept the 2013 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award from Reds COO Phil Castellini and Sean Rugless, President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually by the Reds and Major League Baseball.
• The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati will honor Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Cheryl Grant along with three scholarship recipients.
• "Slick" Willie Shaw of the Harlem Globetrotters will be the Honorary Captain of the game.
• "42: The Jackie Robinson Story" movie trailer will be shown pregame and there will be fan giveaways throughout the game that include movie tickets and promotional items from the movie.
• The Pirates haven't swept the Reds in a three-game series since April 16-18, 2010, at PNC Park.
• The Reds' pitching staff has posted a 6.75 ERA during their current four-game losing streak.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.