8/16/2014 7:08 P.M. ET
Phillips to be evaluated after weekend rehab stint
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
DENVER -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will continue his Minor League rehab assignment at Class A Dayton on Sunday. Phillips played games for Triple-A Louisville on Friday and Saturday and was 0-for-5 with a walk in the two games.
"He and I did a little back and forth this morning," Reds manager Bryan Price said before Phillips played his second game on Saturday. "He was really excited about how good he felt. I don't know if he expected to feel as good as he did. He had a lot of action defensively and three at-bats. He came out of it feeling pretty good."
Phillips is going to Dayton since the Dragons are playing at home. Louisville was slated to begin a road trip Sunday at Indianapolis. Price wasn't ready to say whether Phillips could be activated for Monday's series opener at St. Louis.
"Before we make any commitments, we feel like we have to give him this weekend and evaluate him from that point on," Price said.
Votto moved to 60-day DL; Bailey hits 15-day list
DENVER -- As part of a series of transactions Saturday, the Reds moved first baseman Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. But the encouraging takeaway for the club is it is seeing progress with the distal strain of his left quadriceps near his knee.
"The process is moving along," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He did some testing, which was very positive. His strength has improved and he's getting close to baseball activity. That's certainly inevitable as part of the process. I can't really give you a timeline on what to expect. But we did get some really good feedback on the testing he did with his knee as far as the strength perspective."
Last month, Votto received two treatments of platelet-rich plasma injections to help speed his healing.
"We can definitely tell there has been significant improvement since he initiated the PRP protocols," Price said.
Votto's DL move was largely procedural. It was done to create a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Dylan Axelrod, who was selected from Triple-A Louisville to start vs. the Rockies.
Initially placed on the DL July 8, retroactive to July 6, Votto can be activated on Sept. 4. While there is no targeted date for a return, Price still believed he would play again this season.
On the 25-man roster, Axelrod replaced pitcher Homer Bailey. In a move retroactive to Aug. 8, Bailey formally went on the 15-day DL with strained right flexor mass tendon near his forearm.
Chapman not bothered by streak ending
DENVER -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman enjoyed building on his record strikeout streak for relievers, but wasn't brooding one day after it came to an abrupt end Friday.
On a 2-2 pitch with one out vs. the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Michael McKenry scorched a hot line drive to first base. Brayan Pena reacted quickly to make the catch and touched first base with his glove to get Charlie Culberson out for the game-ending double play. That gave Chapman his 26th save but also ended a streak at 49 games with at least one strikeout that dated back to Aug. 21, 2013.
"I'm not sad at all," Chapman said Saturday with Pena translating. "I did my job and that was saving the game. I'm very happy and very blessed I was able to break that record and continue to break it. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to keep going. At the same time, I knew sooner or later that it would stop. Yesterday was that day."
The previous strikeout streak record for a reliever was set 37 seasons ago when Bruce Sutter had 39 straight games in 1977.
"There's nothing I can do but go out and see what happens," Chapman said. "You never know."
• Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was unable to start again Saturday because of a sore lower back. Frazier tested his back swinging but said he still couldn't run.
• Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless first inning with two hits for Triple-A Louisville on Friday, escaping damage with a double play. Ondrusek rejoined the Reds at Coors Field on Saturday and could be activated on Monday.