7/29/2013 9:19 P.M. ET
Baker shrugs off Puig's celebratory slide
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- When Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig hit an 11th-inning walk-off home run to beat the Reds, 1-0, on Sunday, the highlights showed him doing a celebratory slide into home plate as teammates waited for him.
It was an unusual move following a homer, but Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't aware of Puig's antics until being asked by a reporter on Monday.
"When I saw the ball go over the fence, I went into the clubhouse," Baker said. "I don't care. He can do what he wants. That's up to them to handle it. When I saw the ball go off of the bat, I gathered my stuff and went in.
"The one that I was opposed to was when he went into second base and he slid spikes high when he was picked off [in the seventh inning]. He spiked Cozart. That was the one that wasn't necessary. I'm not saying he tried to do it, but you can hurt somebody doing that."
Choo is day to day with left ankle sprain
SAN DIEGO -- One day after a scheduled day off, Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo needed an unscheduled one and was out of the starting lineup for Monday night's series opener vs. the Padres because of a minor sprain of his left ankle.
Choo pinch-hit for Tony Cingrani in the eighth inning of Sunday's 1-0, 11-inning loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He was hit by a pitch and stole second base but jammed his ankle with a late slide into the bag.
"It's not that bad. I talked to Dusty and we didn't want to make it worse," Choo said on Monday.
Choo was going to get his sore ankle taped and test it to see if he could be available to pinch-hit. As he did on Sunday, Derrick Robinson led off and played center field in Choo's place.
"It was an awkward slide," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I saw him when he got up, he was twisting his ankle. I didn't know how badly he had done it. He is day to day."
DatDude gets a day off
SAN DIEGO -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips joined fellow regular Shin-Soo Choo in sitting out Monday night.
Choo's absense with a sprained left ankle wasn't expected, but Phillips still got his standard day off.
"I didn't anticipate having Choo and Brandon out of there, but I had told Brandon yesterday before the game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Usually I like to give the guys on the All-Star team a day off even after they get back after the All-Star Game. You're usually kind of burned out and you don't do much [at the plate]."
Phillips entered the day batting .258 with 12 home runs and his 81 RBIs were second-most in the National League. Since the All-Star break, he was batting .190 (8-for-42) with no homers and seven RBIs.
"As you've seen, he's been scuffling some," Baker said.
Cesar Izturis played second base, while right fielder Jay Bruce moved up a spot to bat fourth in Phillips' place.
Hanigan still troubled by left wrist
SAN DIEGO -- The progress in trying to return from a sprained left wrist hasn't been good lately for Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. On the disabled list since July 11, Hanigan had hoped to be back by now, but has been experiencing soreness since last week.
Last week's break from hitting didn't help.
Hanigan resumed hitting the past couple of days, but he still feels something on the back of his hand and wrist.
"Every time I put the bat in my hand and put weight on it, it hurts," Hanigan said.
• Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton (right elbow) left the team to join Triple-A Louisville for a rehab assignment that will begin on Tuesday. Broxton threw live batting practice to Reds hitters on Saturday in Los Angeles and it went well.
• Former Cubs pitcher and San Diego-area resident Mark Prior picked up his former manager, Baker, and took him to lunch on Monday. Prior was released by Louisville in June after he signed a Minor League deal in March.