CINCINNATI -- The timing turned out just right for Scott Rolen's 300th career home run.During the Reds' 7-3 win over the Phillies on Monday, Rolen broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run home run against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick that clanked off the foul pole in left field. The long ball was also Rolen's team-leading 17th of the season. "I don't know what to say about it," Rolen said. "I'm excited about it. My family is here and they're excited about it. I guess I look at it and I wanted to hit it [Sunday] because it was my parents' 45th wedding anniversary. My whole family was here, we were going to eat dinner and I thought, 'Wow, that'd be great.' I guess when you force something, it doesn't work out all the time. "When I reflect on it now, I realize -- or I want to realize -- it was great. We didn't talk about at all at dinner. Mom and Dad had their 45th wedding anniversary -- that was the most important thing. That achievement is bigger than this one. So let's leave that one to itself and pick another night." Perhaps fittingly, homer No. 300 came against the Phillies, the team with which the 35-year-old Rolen started his big league career in 1996. The drive also got the Reds on the board at a time when they had been struggling against Kendrick, who retired his first 10 batters of the game until the pivotal fourth. It's been a very strong season for Rolen, who is batting .301 with 53 RBIs while establishing himself as a worthy candidate for the All-Star Game. While dealing with injuries in recent seasons, he had hit just 11 homers in each of the past two years for the Blue Jays and Reds. "Everybody was pulling for him saying, 'Hit the pole, hit the pole,' because that ball looked like it was going to go foul," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Up to that point, we didn't have a lot of offense. That's a tremendous feat for a remarkable player and man. We're all very happy for Scotty."
Bailey feels good as program resumes
CINCINNATI -- Injured Reds starter Homer Bailey has been pitching for most of his life, but the act of throwing a baseball actually felt somewhat foreign for a few moments Monday.Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation, resumed his throwing program for the first time since being shut down more than two weeks ago. The right-hander took it easy as he made 30 throws from a distance of 60 feet on flat ground. "I did two different sets. The first set was a little awkward," said Bailey, who threw to head trainer Paul Lessard. "When you don't throw for two weeks and all of a sudden throw, it's kind of like sitting on the couch for a long time and then walking. The first few steps you're like, 'Oh man.' After that, it's, 'All right, I'm good.' It was pain-free. Everything was nice and loose. Granted, it's only Day 1, but definitely, they're good signs." Assuming he remains pain-free, Bailey will throw every day and gradually increase the distance and amount. He will remain in Cincinnati when the Reds begin their 11-game road trip by visiting Chicago on Thursday. "The locker room is tiny and we have all day games. It doesn't make any sense," Bailey said.
Bailey, who will rejoin the Reds in New York next Monday, hopes to throw a bullpen session off of a mound before the All-Star break.
Dickerson waiting for wrist to calm down
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Chris Dickerson is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, but that's not going to happen. Dickerson's recovery from surgeries on his right hand and wrist has been slower than expected."It's not exactly following the plan of being out four-to-six weeks," Dickerson said Monday. "I've talked with specialists from all disciplines, and when you get into the wrist, it's very delicate. And it can be very touchy sometimes." Dickerson was to start a rehab assignment last week with Triple-A Louisville, but it was halted when he came up sore following pregame batting practice. He was given a cortisone shot in his wrist Sunday with the hope it will calm down the pain he's been feeling. "It's sore today, and hopefully, some of that pain from the shot will go away and I can start swinging again tomorrow," Dickerson said. "I jumped the gun a little bit as far as two consecutive days of batting practice. I got down there and couldn't get through my second round of BP."
Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez, trying to return from 2009 Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to make his fourth rehab assignment start on Tuesday. It will be Volquez's second start for Triple-A Louisville, which is playing at Durham. ... Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who is trying to return from a broken left thumb, was 1-for-11 through three games on his rehab assignment with Louisville. ... After this three-game series with the Phillies, the Reds don't play again at Great American Ball Park until they open the second half of the season on July 16 vs. the Rockies. That includes an 11-day trip to Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The 15 days without a home game is the Reds' longest stretch since they went 15 days from May 31-June 14, 2001. "You have no choice but to be road warriors," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has scheduled an evening workout for July 15 -- the fourth and final day of the Reds' All-Star break. ... The Reds released utility infielder Chris Burke over the weekend. Burke, who was batting .238 for Triple-A Louisville, lost his spot when outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was signed to a Minor League contract.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.