Cordero has mojo back for stretch run
Reds closer on eight-game run without issuing free pass
DENVER -- At just about the perfect time, as the Reds make their stretch run towards October, closer Francisco Cordero has seemed to get his mojo back.Entering Monday, Cordero worked eight consecutive games without issuing a walk. Not coincidentally, he's had a nine-appearance streak, totaling 10 innings, without allowing a run. "It's something that I've been working on," said Cordero, who ranks third in the National League with 35 saves. "It sounds so simple but it was just this much different I was doing mechanically. [Coaches] Bryan Price, Juan Lopez and Mike Stefanski worked with me. It's been a lot better than it was." Cordero is still ranked fifth among qualified NL relievers with 35 walks over 62 1/3 innings. The free pass became ubiquitous with many of his appearances earlier in the summer and contributed to his six blown saves this season. He has now converted 11 saves in a row and 18 of his past 19 opportunities. "Every time you walk people, it hurts you the most," Cordero said. "It was something I had to live with and work out of it. So far, I've found my way out and I hope it continues that way. It's certainly more fun this way than the other way."
Outlook grim for Edmonds to return to Reds
DENVER -- Although he's doing what he can to return before the season ends, things don't look too optimistic for outfielder Jim Edmonds. Originally on the 15-day disabled list with what was listed as a strained right oblique, the 40-year-old revealed he has a tear in the muscle."I'm trying, but I have to let it heal," Edmonds said. "I don't really know the timetable right now. The swelling has finally come down, it's not as bad moving around. It's coming along. I've never really had a muscle tear before." Edmonds has yet to pick up a bat and swing. Throwing isn't happening either. "I tried throwing the other day, but I couldn't," Edmonds said. "I'll try again in the next couple of days and see how it goes."
Rolen given rest after starting 12 straight
DENVER -- Scott Rolen was given a break from Monday's lineup, largely because the Reds played back-to-back day games and the third baseman had started 12 straight contests since his previous break on Aug. 22.
Rookie Juan Francisco started at third base vs. the Rockies, going 2-for-4 with an RBI."I figured today after a tough series [in St. Louis] was the day," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He didn't want to throw Francisco to the wolves to face Ubaldo [Jimenez]. I told him to let me take care of that. It's probably the most consecutive games he's played in a while. He played two day games after nights." Rolen is hitting .297 with 19 home runs and 78 RBIs this season and is riding a six-game hitting streak. He was hitting .330 since returning from a sore right hamstring on July 27 but had only two homers and 21 RBIs. His last long ball was smacked on Aug. 24. No worries, according to Baker. He didn't believe Rolen's injury played a part. "Homers come in streaks. Look at Jay Bruce," Baker said. "Plus, once you start hitting homers, they start pitching you a little bit different at the same time. It has nothing to do with his legs. He'll get back on another homer streak soon."
Scheduled Tuesday starter Johnny Cueto did not meet the club in St. Louis for Sunday's charter flight to Denver. Cueto was expected to arrive sometime Monday and make Tuesday's scheduled start vs. the Rockies. "I'm sure he did his running and throwing," said manager Dusty Baker. "This guy wants it." ... Shortstop Orlando Cabrera was also out of Monday's lineup only two games after returning from the disabled list with a left oblique strain. "He's sore, which I figured he would be after not playing for a month," Baker said. "It's a good soreness. It's not from injury, but from not having played."