Harang waiting to see if he'll start Tuesday
Starter has struggled with command early on this season
CINCINNATI -- Speculation continues about whether Aaron Harang will make his scheduled start on Tuesday.
In Friday's game notes the Reds' starting pitcher for Tuesday's series opener in Houston was changed from TBA to Harang. But the club has yet to provide definitive word on the subject.
When asked again if Harang would be skipped in the starting rotation, Reds manager Dusty Baker replied, "Same answer," which is none at this point.
In an added twist, Harang told Hall of Fame beat writer Hal McCoy on Friday that he's been told he is pitching on Tuesday.
With Harang's turn in the rotation occurring on Monday's off-day, the Reds could skip his scheduled start, giving him extra time to make adjustments. Moving Harang to the bullpen, a la Carlos Zambrano in Chicago, is another possibility.
In his last outing on Wednesday, Harang allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 14-6 loss to the Dodgers. He's 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts.
Cueto gets an extra day of rest for Reds
CINCINNATI -- In a late change on Thursday, Reds manager Dusty Baker flip-flopped Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto in the rotation.
Arroyo, who's never been a fan of pitching in day games, instead starting Friday night's series opener against San Diego. Cueto now will pitch Saturday afternoon.
"He's been throwing a lot of pitches," said Baker of Cueto. "It's just to get him another day's rest."
In his three starts this season, Cueto has thrown 322 pitches in 16 innings.
Bruce starting to come around for Reds
CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce has been hitting the ball hard continually this season with few positive results. But he appears to be turning things around.
Bruce has hit safely in four consecutive games, batting .357 with three homers and five RBIs in that stretch. Bruce hit two homers in a game for the sixth time in his career on Sunday at Pittsburgh.
In Thursday's win, Bruce went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and launched an Eephus pitch from Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla 349 feet into the visitors bullpen for a two-run home run that put the Reds ahead in the sixth.
"The last few games he's been finding holes and some of them are over the fence," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "Those are tough to catch. Two hits a night will cure most anything."
Stubbs stays in seventh spot in lineup
CINCINNATI -- It was a lucky seventh on Thursday night for Drew Stubbs, so he was back in that spot in the batting order for Friday's series opener against the Padres.
Stubbs batted seventh on Thursday and responded by snapping an 0-for-20 skid with a fifth-inning single. He capped a 2-for-4 night with an RBI hit during the Reds' three-run seventh.
"Sometimes these things work, sometimes they don't," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Chris Dickerson was in left, batting leadoff. Jonny Gomes, who was not in the lineup on Friday, likely will play in both day games this weekend.
"I figured he'd be stronger staying on the same sleep pattern," said Baker of Gomes.
CINCINNATI -- Entering Friday night's action, there has not been a single rainout in Major League Baseball this season. With significant chances for rain the next three days in Cincinnati, the Reds will put that streak to the test. ... Reds manager Dusty Baker, outfielder Drew Stubbs and pitcher Mike Leake, fresh off his first career victory, attended a season-ticket holder's luncheon on Friday afternoon. The event was hosted by former Reds pitcher turned broadcaster Chris Welsh. ... Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson and his organization Players for the Planet is hosting an E-Waste Recycling Drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at the Hyde Park Kroger. Fans can recycle old televisions, VCRs, computer monitors, personal computers, and other electronics. Dickerson and a few of his Reds teammates are scheduled to make an appearance following Saturday's game against the Padres.
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.