6/25/2013 10:29 P.M. ET
Eager Heisey returns to Reds lineup
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey never imagined a strained right hamstring would have him on the disabled list for so long. Heisey was relieved to finally be activated Tuesday sitting on the shelf since April 29.
"When I originally did it, I didn't even want them to put me on the disabled list," Heisey said. "I obviously had never dealt with a hamstring before, but I thought it was little strain and I'd be back in a week to week-and-a-half. Almost two months later, I'm finally back. It's good to be back, for sure."
Heisey started in the two-game-series opener vs. the A's as the designated hitter.
"We need Heisey because of all these lefties we are facing. It's part of his job," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Heisey played six games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, including four games in left field. He was 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and six strikeouts. More importantly, there were no additional setbacks. He had a couple since he first went down.
"I felt really good," said Heisey, who will wear a brace on his leg. "I didn't necessarily have the results to show for it. I hit some balls hard that got caught. I saw a lot of pitches, forced a lot of deep counts, which is something I want to get better at doing up here. It was good practice for me to get back in the box, see some pitches and get ready to hit up here."
Phillips to miss Oakland series on paternity list
OAKLAND -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been placed on the paternity list and is expected to miss the team's two-game series at Oakland.
Phillips was placed on the list on Monday. Major League Baseball created a paternity list in 2011, and it allows players to miss up to three games. Teams are allowed to call up a replacement to keep 25 active players.
On Tuesday, infielder Henry Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds had no comment about Phillips, except an e-mail that read: "Brandon Phillips is away from the team on a private personal matter."
In 71 games this season, Phillips is batting .265 with 11 home runs, and his 60 RBIs rank second in the National League.
Since returning from missing four games with a bruised left forearm sustained when he was hit by a pitch, Phillips is batting .169 (12-for-71) in 17 games.
This is the second callup this season for Rodriguez, who was for 0-for-2 in two pinch-hitting appearances from June 7-10.
Lutz returns to Double-A
OAKLAND -- With Chris Heisey being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, the Reds optioned rookie outfielder Donald Lutz back to Double-A Pensacola.
Lutz, who was called up from Pensacola on April 29 when Heisey went on the DL, batted .241 with one home run and eight RBIs in 34 games. He played sparingly for much of June as his last 12 games have come as either a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement in left field.
The decision was made to send Lutz two levels down because Triple-A Louisville already has a crowded outfield.
"We went over it the other day. It's the opportunity for him to play more," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He came up from Double-A. He wasn't really killing it when he came up from Double-A. I told him that hopefully he learned some things, made some adjustments."
Baker left a message to Pensacola manager Delino DeShields for a list of goals for Lutz to work on.
"We sent him back to go prove himself and go kill it at Double-A," Baker said. "He'll be back if he applies the things that he learned here. He's a bright kid. He'll apply it well. He'll start his season all over."
• The A's hosted their first game since June 16, when sewage flooded both the home and visitor's clubhouses and forced both Oakland and Seattle to use the Raiders locker room to change. There were no noticeable issues on Tuesday for the Reds as portions of the clubhouse had brand new sheet rock, furniture and carpeting, including Baker's office.
"I don't smell it at all. I know the carpet is new. They hurried up and did that," Baker said.