Still in striking distance of the National League Central lead after taking two straight games against the A's, the Reds continue to play host to West Coast competition Friday, this time in a three-game set against the Padres.
The Reds turn to Bronson Arroyo in search of their third straight win, but he has to bounce back in his first start since arguably his worst outing of the season, when he lasted just 3 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He gave up seven runs -- four in the first inning -- on eight hits and a walk. A solid rebound start could result in him reaching double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career.
Whether Arroyo can indeed get that win will be partly reliant on if Carlos Quentin can play left field for the Padres. Quentin hasn't played the past six games for San Diego, which will know by Friday if it needs to place him on the disabled list.
"We need Carlos, but he's sore," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We're coming close to a decision if this will be a DL stint or not."
Andrew Cashner will get the start for the Padres opposite Arroyo. Cashner opened the second half with three straight victories, going 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA and .203 opponents batting average, earning a win in his last start against the Yankees with seven innings of two-run ball.
Reds: Broxton rejoins bullpen, unlikely to pitch eighth
After spending nearly two months on the disabled list with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow, Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton was activated before Wednesday's game against the A's. For Broxton, his return could not have come soon enough.
"I hated being on the DL," Broxton said. "But I had to do my time down there. It was a struggle the last seven or eight weeks. I'm down for the home stretch and looking forward to helping the team win."
Broxton rejoins a bullpen that still performed well without him and injured lefty Sean Marshall. J.J. Hoover especially has been effective, as he often took on Broxton's usual setup duties. Beginning with Broxton's last appearance -- a June 13 loss to the Cubs -- Hoover has made 19 straight scoreless appearances (21 2/3 innings), striking out 27 and walking just seven.
Padres: Newly acquired Cedeno debuts
Newcomer Ronny Cedeno was in the Padres' starting lineup Wednesday, playing shortstop and batting seventh. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The nine-year Major League veteran said he actually felt a little nervous about making his first start with his new team. The finale against the Orioles marked Cedeno's first game in the Majors since July 19. He was with the Astros at the time, before they designated for assignment on July 22.
The Padres signed Cedeno on Friday and he played two games for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore -- where he was 1-for-8 with a double, a run scored and two walks -- before being added to the Major League roster Tuesday. In 51 games for the Astros, Cedeno hit .220 with six doubles, a triple, a homer, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored.
• Catcher Corky Miller left Wednesday's game against the A's with a right quad contusion after a collision at home plate.
• With two straight wins against Oakland, Cincinnati has consecutive wins for the first time since July 24-25 against the Giants and Dodgers.
• The Padres committed a season-high-tying three errors in their 10-3 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.