When Shin-Soo Choo enters Progressive Field on Wednesday, the former Indians outfielder may need a second to get his bearings.
"For six years, I always went in the home clubhouse," said Choo, who headed to the Reds in an offseason trade that also sent Drew Stubbs to Cleveland. "Now I'm going to the visiting clubhouse. I'm wondering how the fans will react."
He'll find out Wednesday night as the Showdown for Ohio shifts to Cleveland for two games. The Reds won a pair in Cincinnati earlier this week, extending the Indians losing streak to five. Over that span, the Indians have been outscored 33-14.
Justin Masterson -- coming off a rough outing in Boston in his most recent start -- will be looking to stop that skid. The tall right-hander had trouble locating his slider and was hit hard for five runs in six innings against the Red Sox. He took the loss, snapping a personal three-game winning streak.
He'll be opposed by another veteran right-hander, Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo has a three-game winning streak of his own, in which he's posted a 1.40 ERA.
A win for the Reds would draw them even with their in-state rivals in the all-time series at 42 wins apiece. Choo is hopeful by week's end he'll have helped push the Reds ahead of the Indians in their Interleague rivalry. Then, he can go back to rooting for his old teammates.
"Every day, I wake up and see how they're doing," Choo said. "I'm really happy the Indians are doing well."
Choo has plenty of fans of his own back in the Cleveland clubhouse, too.
"Choo was awesome," said Indians reliever Joe Smith. "He's a good dude. He played hard, he wanted to win, and you could never dock him for his effort out there. That's all you can ask. He was good to us, friendly to everybody."
Reds: Heisey on the mend
• Cincinnati left fielder Chris Heisey shagged fly balls on Monday, a step toward recovery from a strained right hamstring that has kept him on the disabled list for a month.
"They asked me to take it easy and run after some balls, but avoid the full sprint and lunging catches," Heisey said. "You can't really simulate a game-speed catch like that without actually doing it. That's where when I feel 100 percent, it will probably be an extra couple of days to make sure it's healed."
There is still no set date for Heisey's next rehab assignment. He re-injured the hamstring during his first rehab two weeks ago.
Indians: Perez's injury diagnosed
• An MRI revealed Cleveland closer Chris Perez has mild tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his right (throwing) shoulder. That's good news for the Tribe, which was concerned it may have been more serious.
"Structurally, he's good," manager Terry Francona said. "We have some information about what's causing the impingement, so it's good news. We'll give him five days no throwing, and then he'll be re-evaluated."
Perez was placed on the 15-day DL Monday after feeling some pain in his right shoulder while on the mound a day earlier.
• Hitters on the current Reds roster are batting a combined .206 against Masterson. Jay Bruce (2-for-12) and Joey Votto (2-for-13) have been especially quiet against the right-hander.
• In contests between the two Ohio clubs, the Indians hold a 24-18 edge in games played in Cleveland.
• In 19 at-bats against Arroyo, Jason Giambi is hitting .316 with a double and three homers.
• Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is hitting .349 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 43 games against his former club.