9/29/2013 1:13 P.M. ET
Cingrani may play relief role in postseason
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Reds rookie left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani has been limited to side bullpen sessions since back spasms knocked him out of a Sept. 10 start against the Cubs.
Cincinnati hadn't planned on pitching Cingrani in relief this weekend, but there was still a chance he could be a factor during the postseason.
"We're going to try to send Tony out possibly to [Goodyear] Arizona to try to get him stretched out some," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Sunday. "Right now, he can't handle being a starter. He could probably go a couple innings, but it's not a good idea for him or us to go any more than that because he's too valuable to our future, so we just got to do what we got to do."
Cingrani has had two bullpen sessions this week, and both were pain-free.
If Reds advance, Latos likely to start NLDS opener
CINCINNATI -- Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos probably won't be included on the National League Wild Card roster because of arm soreness. However, Latos is still considered likely to start Game 1 of the potential NL Division Series.
Latos and manager Dusty Baker met Sunday morning.
"He was going to see if he can possibly come in, in relief on Tuesday, and I said I didn't like that idea," Baker said. "Maybe try to get him ready for Thursday."
Johnny Cueto is starting the Wild Card game against the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Latos had originally been targeted to start that game.
"We've got full faith in Johnny Cueto, and hopefully this works out fine, we win Tuesday, Latos comes back and is ready Thursday," Baker said. "If not we'll go a different direction."
Latos declined to speak with reporters Sunday.
Bailey dealing with minor left leg issue
CINCINNATI -- Following Saturday's loss to the Pirates, Reds manager Dusty Baker detailed that his pitching staff was banged up and included Homer Bailey's leg as one of the injuries, without going into specifics.
On Sunday, Bailey downplayed that he was hurting much but revealed it involved his left leg -- also without being specific. He is expecting to pitch in the National League Division Series if the Reds advance past Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Pirates.
"I'm all right," Bailey said. "I've been through a lot worse."
Bailey believed the leg issue might have more to do with pitching mechanics and lack of command. He has walked 12 over his last three starts, four in each game.
"It's something so minor, but it's been throwing me off a few inches," Bailey said. "When I went back and looked, so many pitches have missed by two or three inches. I never could figure out what it was. I've got plenty of days to correct it."
Phillips sits out, expected to play Tuesday
CINCINNATI -- Even though Sunday's final regular-season game had no consequence for playoff seeding, Reds manager Dusty Baker still had seven of his eight regular starters in the lineup against the Pirates.
The only regular player missing was second baseman Brandon Phillips, who fouled a ball off of his left shin Saturday. Phillips still wore a large bandage on his shin, but appeared to be improving. Cesar Izturis got the start at second base Sunday.
"I'm all right," said Phillips, who is expected to play in Tuesday's National League Wild Card game at Pittsburgh.
As for the other seven, they weren't slated to play the full nine innings.
"I didn't want them off a full two days," Baker said. "They won't play long. I thought about not playing them at all, but I don't think that's fair to them or fair to the fans that are coming out to the game today to not see these guys play at least a while. I'm not going to leave them out there too long. I'll get the other guys out there that need some at-bats to get ready to help us in the playoffs."