7/23/2013 2:41 A.M. ET
Berry back coaching third base after illness
By Andrew Owens / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds third-base coach Mark Berry made his first appearance of the season in the third-base coach's box Monday following treatment for throat cancer.
Berry was diagnosed in March and treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He completed a seven-week program of chemotherapy and radiation in May.
Bench coach Chris Speier had filled in for Berry during the first 98 games of the season.
"I told him, 'Hey man, where have you been all this time?" Reds manager Dusty Baker, a prostate cancer survivor, said jokingly after Cincinnati put 11 runs on the board Monday. "We're glad to have him back."
Berry is in his 30th season in the Reds organization as a player, coach or manager, and he is in his 15th consecutive season on the big league coaching staff. The longest-tenured member of the staff, he has spent the past 10 seasons as the club's third-base coach.
Baker comments on Braun's suspension
SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Reds pursue a postseason berth in their 64 remaining games, they will see the Brewers 10 times. Ryan Braun won't be involved in any of those games after Major League Baseball suspended him for the remainder of the season for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
"We hate to see it happen, but we thought it was over the last time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Hopefully this is the end of it and hopefully we never see this again. It's a sad situation."
Baker said the club takes no solace in the news that a player who has tormented Reds pitching to the tune of 22 home runs and 50 RBIs in 88 career games has been suspended.
"It's not pleasant talk," Baker said. "This gives an example to the kids. I think it's come to fruition that it's a big disadvantage [to use performance-enhancing drugs].
"Some of the guys are making money by doing it and some of the good guys felt the need to do bad things to keep up. Evidently it didn't stop."
Baker said the recurring issue has led to some uncomfortable conversations with his son.
"We see a lot of messages on TV about [body] parts falling off," he said. "My son has asked me, 'Dad, is everybody on that?' I've told him, 'He's not, he's not and he's not,' and then their names come up."
Marshall getting close to return to throwing
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds left-handed setup man Sean Marshall is expected to resume a throwing session any day after a recent setback delayed his comeback from the disabled list.
Marshall, who has been on the DL since May 24 with a sprained left shoulder, experienced tendinitis toward the end of a bullpen session July 14 and has not thrown since.
"It was a small setback," manager Dusty Baker said. "Any setback takes you a week or so from where you were."
The Reds have also been without right-handed setup man Jonathan Broxton, who has been on the DL since June 15 with a sore elbow. Broxton, however, is much closer to a return than Marshall.
Marshall owns a 2.57 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) out of Cincinnati's bullpen, and Baker said the club needs its relievers to return as quickly as possible.
"The remaining games are getting fewer and fewer," Baker said.
Baker familiar with traditional twin bills
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although Tuesday's traditional doubleheader between the Reds and Giants is a rarity in today's game, it was a much more frequent occurrence when Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker played.
"I wouldn't take a shower between games," said Baker, who added that he didn't change uniforms during the 30 minutes between contests.
On Tuesday, however, he will be required to, as the Reds will switch from their road uniforms to home ones between Games 1 and 2 as a makeup for the July 4 rainout. According to Rule 4.13(f), the rescheduled game is the second game and the Reds will be the home team for that one. Statistically, both games are home games for the Giants pursuant to Rule 2.00.
"This is old school," Baker said. "You don't see doubleheaders with 30 minutes in between anymore.
"The only thing I miss is they gave you more off-days during the course of the season. I don't like split doubleheaders, which were outlawed then."
The split doubleheader, the much more frequent version today, includes separate attendance for each game and spaces out the day more for players and managers.
"It's like going to work in the morning, going home to take a nap and going to work for the night shift," Baker said. "You'd rather just keep going."
Baker said it is a relief that the game will be played under cooler temperatures in San Francisco than the typical hot summer days he said he has experienced managing in Cincinnati or playing in Atlanta.
"Those knock you out," Baker said. "This is a big advantage here."
• Tuesday's traditional doubleheader will be Cincinnati's first since Aug. 24, 2011, at the Marlins, when the game was moved up a day due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.
• Baker, the former manager of the Giants, entered the four-game series 16-14 as a visiting manager at AT&T Park (7-6 for the Cubs and 9-8 for the Reds).