7/20/2014 2:00 P.M. ET
Jocketty targeting a bat as Trade Deadline nears
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Reds' lineup is missing two of its best hitters, with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips on the disabled list, and Jay Bruce has been enduring a subpar season at the plate.
Therefore, as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline quickly approaches, general manager Walt Jocketty is looking to add offense.
"I'd like to add a bat," Jocketty said on Sunday. "We just haven't found anything that attracts us yet. It may not happen before the 31st."
Jocketty has several members of his inner circle of advisers with him on this road trip, but so far there haven't been many potential moves to ponder.
"We've had a few discussions with clubs, but it's been relatively quiet. It's a little surprising," Jocketty said.
Several hitters are rumored to be on the market, including Ben Zobrist of the Rays. Although not mentioned by Jocketty, Zobrist could be a good fit for Cincinnati, because he plays multiple positions and will be a free agent after this season.
Acquiring someone able to play different spots appeals to Jocketty.
"That would be better, because eventually we're going to get Joey and Brandon back, so you don't want to limit yourself if you can," he said.
Even with the Reds in a four-team fight for the National League Central and Jocketty expecting the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates to seek additions, he doesn't feel pressured to make a move.
"It's something we hope to get done. I don't want to say it's something we have to do," he said. "I still think we're going to compete well with the club we have, but if we can get some reinforcements, it always helps."
There is one player on the open market -- former Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was released on Friday. Although Uggla has struggled mightily the past two seasons, Jocketty did not rule him out.
"We haven't discussed it yet," he said. "I haven't talked to our scouts who saw him. We're going to meet tomorrow and go over some stuff."
Bailey confident he'll be ready for next start
NEW YORK -- Homer Bailey, whose recent start was cut short by a slightly strained right knee, feels as though he's all set to go for his next outing, on Tuesday. Bailey, who will face the Brewers, threw a full bullpen session on Saturday.
"I don't see why there would be any setbacks or anything," Bailey said on Sunday. "We'll kind of see how it goes. You don't really know, but I have a pretty good idea [that] everything should be fine."
Bailey was pitching against the Cubs when he felt pain in the knee during a delivery in the sixth inning. He did not need a cortisone shot but received treatment and anti-inflammatory medication. During the All-Star break, he threw a bullpen session in Austin, Texas.
Before Saturday's mound session, Bailey was able to run at full speed.
"If you had asked me two days before to do that, I would have laughed at you," he said. "I did some poles and sprints and didn't have any issues. As long as it stays like that, I should be fine."
Schumaker returns to action for Reds
NEW YORK -- Shortly before Sunday's series finale vs. the Yankees, the Reds activated Skip Schumaker from the seven-day concussion disabled list. To make room on the roster, first baseman Neftali Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Manager Bryan Price held off on putting Schumaker at second base and second in the lineup until Schumaker got through batting practice. Schumaker passed his concussion testing on Saturday but had to be endorsed by Major League Baseball and the Players Association before he could be activated.
Schumaker slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a catch vs. the Cubs on July 10 in Cincinnati.
The Reds' lineup sagged in its first two games after of the All-Star break, and Price expected Schumaker's presence in the lineup to provide a boost.
"He's a huge part of our team in large part for that reason -- being able to play multiple positions and also to bring energy," Price said. "He plays the game the right way. We have detailed the things that Skip does to help us win games, from his defense to the way he runs the bases and the energy he brings. He's a good situational player. He's got good numbers vs. [Yankees starter Hiroki] Kuroda, which doesn't hurt either."