SAN DIEGO -- Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who is on the 15-day disabled list for mild inflammation in his right shoulder, pitched in game conditions for the first time on Monday morning since going down.Facing hitters at extended spring training at the team complex in Goodyear, Ariz., Cueto threw two innings and allowed two runs and three hits with no walks and two strikeouts while throwing 34 pitches. Other than that, details were not readily available yet. "I know he came through it unscathed. I haven't got the full report," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. Cueto is slated to head out on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Stubbs battling through funk
SAN DIEGO -- As hot as Drew Stubbs was through the first five games of this young season, the Reds' center fielder has been just as cold lately.Stubbs was given a night off from Monday's starting lineup by manager Dusty Baker as Chris Heisey took his place. Stubbs came into the series vs. the Padres mired in a 0-for-10 skid and had one hit in his last 18 at-bats. That dropped his overall average from .381 to .237. Baker had Stubbs in his office for a meeting before batting practice on Monday afternoon. "It's spring time," Baker said. "Spring means you're a little confused whether it's winter or summer. If everybody stayed hot in the spring, it'd be summer." Translation: Not every funk requires a whole lot of analysis. "He's missing pitches, getting up in the air a little bit too much," Baker said. "He needs to observe and simplify things. When you're a smart person like he is, sometimes you think too much. Sometimes in this game, it's better to have the ability to not think at all. He's a smart young man. Consequently, you're always trying to figure something out. He'll be fine." Heisey batted leadoff in Stubbs' usual spot. Baker did not consider using No. 2 hitter Brandon Phillips to lead off instead. Phillips led off much of last season. "Instead of having two or three guys moving around, have just one," Baker said. "Brandon is doing pretty good hitting in front of Joey [Votto]."
Arredondo solid in rehab debut
SAN DIEGO -- Reds reliever Jose Arredondo, who is on the 15-day disabled list while trying to work his way back from 2010 Tommy John surgery, had a successful start to his Minor League rehab assignment.Pitching for Double-A Carolina, Arredondo worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts vs. Mobile. His rehab assignment can last up to 30 days, but the club hasn't determined when he might be ready for the Majors. "First and foremost, it will be based on his ability to repeat quality outing and quality pitches and show the durability to give us what we need," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. During six Spring Training relief appearances, Arredondo was roughed up for a 16.20 ERA and had four walks over 6 2/3 innings. There were mechanical issues with his delivery, and it affected his location. "He bounced back well in Spring Training, but his breaking stuff wasn't what we had seen when he was healthy with Anaheim," Price said. "He was making a lot of mistakes with his breaking ball and split-fingered pitch. Those were the pitches where he was getting hurt in Spring Training. "We made sure his stuff was a little bit more crisp. It doesn't matter who you are, if you're not somewhat sharp at Double-A or Triple-A, those guys can work you over. He got some kinks in his delivery worked out. If he's back to being able to command his offspeed stuff as he was in 2008, we'd be real pleased."
Phillips' sister drafted into WNBA
SAN DIEGO -- Brandon Phillips was thrilled Monday because his basketball-playing younger sister was drafted into the WNBA.
Porsha Phillips, a college star at the University of Georgia, was selected in the third round by the San Antonio Silver Stars, and her brother was able to watch the draft online."She made my day," Phillips said on Monday afternoon.