SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds have yet to decide whether Aaron Harang will need more rehab outings at Triple-A Louisville or be activated from the disabled list.All indications are that wherever Harang pitches, it will be out of the bullpen and not in a rotation. "We're going to get that figured out by tomorrow," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Monday. "We'll probably use him as a long man." The Reds lack candidates deserving of being removed from the rotation to make room for Harang, who was the club's longtime ace. If anyone was closest, it might be Edinson Volquez, who has struggled in four of his eight starts back from Tommy John surgery last month. Volquez was knocked out after only two-thirds of an inning Monday vs. the Giants. Harang hasn't pitched for the Reds since June 30 because of lower back spasms.
Cabrera won't return during Giants series
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although injured shortstop Orlando Cabrera and his strained left oblique are improving, Reds manager Dusty Baker nixed thoughts that he might be activated for the Giants series."Probably not. If he hurts it again, he's done for the rest of the year," Baker said. "I have to see a few more things. So far, I've seen 75-80 percent. It has to be 100 percent with the injury he has or it will rear its ugly head again." Cabrera and Baker hadn't talked yet but Cabrera was hoping he could be activated in time. But he also was not trying to rush back. "It seems like I was feeling really good five days ago," said Cabrera, who has been on the DL since Aug. 2. "Just throwing has bothered me. It had me feeling like I'm not ready. I feel good hitting, running and everything. The throwing part, I really want to be 100 percent. I don't even want to take a chance." The Reds entered Monday with a 12-5 record since Cabrera has been out and have had Paul Janish fill in well at shortstop.
Reds standing pat 'til rosters expand
SAN FRANCISCO -- With playoff roster needing to be set by Aug. 31, the Reds aren't actively seeking to make a deal to add another piece for the season's final month."I don't think so," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. If you haven't already, that also reduced the chances of trading for the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez from razor slim to none. "Definitely not," Jocketty said.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty said there hasn't been a lot of inquiries for pitcher Micah Owings, who was designated for assignment on Aug. 16. The Reds have until Friday to either trade or release Owings. ... Baker received a visit in his office Monday afternoon from former Giants owner Pete Magowan -- his former boss. The two hadn't seen each other since Baker left the Giants after the 2002 season. "It's the first time I've seen Peter in a long time. I was shocked to see him. I was glad to see him," Baker said. "He wrote me a nice letter a while ago and I answered it back. You can only carry stuff around for so long."