CINCINNATI -- On Monday, outfielder Jim Edmonds had yet to pick up a bat and was unable to throw without pain because of a torn right oblique muscle. That's why it was somewhat stunning when Edmonds was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, the first day he was eligible.The Reds are currently strapped for outfielders and have played with only three outfielders on the roster the past nine games. General manager Walt Jocketty informed Edmonds of the news Friday. "I really wasn't expecting to come off today," Edmonds said. "[Jocketty] told me and that's a good thing. Nobody wants to be on the DL anyways. I'm here if it's needed." Acquired on Aug. 9 from the Brewers in a trade for Chris Dickerson, the 40-year-old Edmonds batted .136 (3-for-22) with one homer in nine games for the Reds. Edmonds has hit off of a tee lately, but it wasn't clear how soon he could appear in a game. "It's been pretty good," Edmonds said. "I just took some easy swings the last few days. I'm trying to get ready to go full speed." "He could be activated today, so we activated him today," Jocketty said. "If he can do something, he'll do it. If not, he won't. There's no reason to keep him on the DL. In a day or two, whether today or sometime this weekend, he might be able to do something."
Volquez to start Saturday; Harang to 'pen
CINCINNATI -- In a decision that was anticipated, the Reds changed starting pitchers for Saturday. Edinson Volquez will face the Pirates while the originally scheduled pitcher, veteran Aaron Harang, was moved to a bullpen role.Volquez was informed of the plan after his side bullpen session on Thursday. "I want to help the team any way I can, especially now after we lost four games in a row at Colorado," Volquez said. "They said my delivery was better yesterday in the bullpen and the last two games I pitched in Dayton were good, too. I was more consistent at throwing strikes." The Reds sent Volquez to Class A Dayton to work on his stuff when he had some inconsistencies after returning from Tommy John surgery after the All-Star break. He was 3-2 with a 6.17 ERA in eight starts for Cincinnati. In his two starts for Dayton, Volquez was 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He allowed four runs (two earned) on 11 hits with four walks and 19 strikeouts over 13 innings. His past start for the Dragons was on Monday, the same day that Harang was roughed up for four runs over 2 1/3 innings at Colorado during his start. In the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $36.5 million contract, it appears that Harang has made his last start for the Reds. Coming off two rough seasons in 2008-09, he is 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 19 starts. While he missed two months this season on the disabled list with back spasms, Harang did not pitch well on his rehab assignment and struggled when he returned to the rotation. In his past two starts, totaling only 6 1/3 innings, Harang gave up seven runs, 12 hits and six walks. "Usually his nemesis inning is the third or fourth inning," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He can give us a couple of innings, which we'll need hopefully in long relief or middle relief. It's a very unusual situation for him and us. ... He handled it very professionally."
Cincy ready to use Leake in field
CINCINNATI -- The Reds activated pitcher Mike Leake from the 15-day disabled list on Friday to do just about anything but pitch.Leake had been on the DL since Aug. 27 with right arm fatigue. "Leake will fit in to pinch-hit, pinch-run, pinch-bunt. Pinch everything," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He told me two months ago if I needed an emergency outfielder, he could do that, too. That's a real emergency. He's not ready to pitch. He wasn't supposed to pick up a ball for two weeks."
Bruce, Nix, Cabrera remain unavailable
CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is still working his way back from a sore right side but was not available for the 10th consecutive game on Friday. Bruce has felt no pain from the past couple of days of batting practice."It's not something I'm going to push at this point," Bruce said Friday. "I've taken the process this far. I'm going to see it through. When I come back, I want to be 100 percent ready to come back -- not 90 percent, not 80 percent." Outfielder Laynce Nix (sprained left ankle) was eligible to be activated from the disabled list Friday, but is still unable to run. His return date is unknown. Shortstop Orlando Cabrera (left oblique) missed his third straight game because of some soreness. Manager Dusty Baker indicated he might rest Cabrera through the weekend series against the Pirates.
Cordero honored with Clemente nomination
CINCINNATI -- During a pregame ceremony on the field Friday, Reds closer Francisco Cordero was formally recognized as the club's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Roberto Clemente Jr. was on hand for the presentation.A community service honor, the Clemente Award draws one nominee from each of the 30 Major League clubs. Each nominee immersed themselves in the type of humanitarian and community efforts that distinguished the life of Clemente, a life that ended at age 38 on Dec. 31, 1972. He died in a plane crash while trying to personally deliver aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate in the selection of the national winner. They can cast votes for any of the 30 club nominees through Oct. 8. The fan ballot winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by a special selection panel of baseball dignitaries and media members. The panel includes Commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, widow of the former Pirates star and Hall of Fame outfielder. Voting fans also will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2010 World Series to the national winner presented with the Roberto Clemente Award.
California fire close to Baker's home
CINCINNATI -- A massive fire from a ruptured gas pipe in San Bruno, Calif., that killed four people and destroyed 40 homes literally hit close to home for Reds manager Dusty Baker. Baker has a home in the San Francisco suburb."That's about three blocks from my San Francisco house that I've had for 15 years," Baker said. My son had some schoolmates that lost their houses. My daughter had some schoolmates that lost their houses. My wife called me last night on the bus. I saw it on TV. "It sort of eased my pain last night about the [1-6] road trip by putting things in the proper perspective. This is very important but when I think about those people, they'd trade with me in a minute."