CINCINNATI -- The Reds are still unsure of a timetable for the return of pitcher Aaron Harang from the disabled list.
Harang went on the DL on July 16 after being scratched from a start in New York because of back spasms. Reds manager Dusty Baker said he doesn't know when Harang will return or if he will need a rehab start.
"There's a chance. The longer he's out, the less sharp he's going to be endurance-wise, throwing-wise," Baker said. "We've got to get him back throwing on the mound first before we make that determination."
Prior to Thursday evening's workout, Baker said he still needed to talk to Harang, but the pitcher had still been feeling stiff.
Harang's last start came on June 30, when he allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a 4-3 win against the Phillies.
Arroyo to start for Reds on Friday
CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo will take the mound Friday to lead the Reds into the second half of the season, ending at least some of the uncertainty surround the starting rotation.
While Edinson Volquez is scheduled to pitch Saturday, the rest of the rotation remains up in the air.
"I don't want to say exactly yet, because there's a good chance somebody might have to go -- you don't want guys walking around nervous," manager Dusty Baker said. "We don't know if [Aaron] Harang's going to be ready or not, so we'll just leave it at that for now."
As one of the few pitchers who knows his exact role, Arroyo worked out during the week but found himself without much company at Great American Ball Park.
"That's why I've been the only guy down here, probably, playing catch and throwing bullpens during the All-Star break," Arroyo said. "It's my turn in the rotation anyway, so it just kind of makes sense. ... I don't know where everybody else was, but Tuesday, Wednesday, I was the only guy here, probably."
Arroyo (9-4, 4.04 ERA) has won four of his past five starts, including allowing just one run in eight innings with no walks on July 7 at the Mets. He'll face Colorado's Jason Hammel (7-3, 4.08) in the second-half opener.
Reds hold workout, but give All-Stars day off
CINCINNATI -- While most Reds on the active roster took batting practice and fielding practice in a light workout session Thursday, the club's four All-Stars got the day off.
After spending a few days in Anaheim, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen and Arthur Rhodes each received a break from the park and a break from baseball.
"They've got to get some time off," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I've seen guys go to the All-Star Game and come back tired. You travel coast to coast, you come back, you don't get a mental break, even though it was fun. That's why I admire the guys like Willie Mays and Hank Aaron and Stan Musial and Pete Rose, these guys played 20-some All-Star games and they never had the time off."
Matt Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.