CINCINNATI -- Manager Dusty Baker gave Jeremy Hermida his first start for the Reds in left field vs. the D-backs on Wednesday in place of Jonny Gomes. One of the reasons was that Gomes is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts lifetime vs. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy.

The left-handed hitting Hermida, who batted .333 in 10 games for Triple-A Louisville before his callup on Monday, came into the night hitless in three at-bats for Cincinnati.

"This guy is tough against right-handers when he's on," Baker said of Kennedy. "I'm trying to get some left-handers in the lineup and give Hermida some action since he's been playing every day."

Bailey's second rehab start pushed back

CINCINNATI -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey's second Minor League rehabilitation start has been pushed back, although the situation is not being described as a cause for alarm.

On the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement, Bailey was slated to start for Triple-A Louisville in Columbus on Friday. But because of some arm fatigue, that outing is now tentatively expected on either Saturday or Sunday. Bailey was supposed to throw a side bullpen session on Wednesday, but that was pushed back as well.

"I was just a little tired, a little tight," Bailey said. "Instead of throwing a bullpen like that, it's better off waiting a day or so."

Bailey, who has been out since late in Spring Training, had a loosely targeted return date set for April 27 at Milwaukee. That looks to be unlikely with this delay.

"To not have any setbacks and give him a couple of days is worth it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We know we need Homer. We know we need [Johnny] Cueto. We need them both. But you can't rush them and then have something happening to them and you don't have them for an extended period of time. We have to fight our way through where we are now and let their normal course of healing take its course."

During his first start for Louisville on Sunday, Bailey threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two. He threw 62 pitches, up from the 37 he had thrown the previous outing at extended spring training in Goodyear.

"I was doubling the pitch count," said Bailey, who still took batting practice with the pitchers on Wednesday. "Just the one or two extra days [rest] will go a long way."

It's possible that Bailey will have his side bullpen session on Thursday. When he clears that hurdle a start for Louisville will be set.

"If he feels right, then he'll pitch," Baker said. "He didn't seem too concerned about it. He seems to know his body pretty well for a young pitcher."

Pitchers take rare fielding practice session

CINCINNATI -- About 90 minutes before batting practice was to begin on Wednesday, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price held pitchers fielding practice with his staff. It's often not a common sight in the regular season, especially in the first month.

"Since not many teams take infield or have much practice like they used to back in the day, the last time a pitcher does PFP was Spring Training, and the next time is the All-Star break," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You have to familiarize yourself with the fundamental stuff every once in a while."

Worth noting

Cueto is still on target to make his second rehab start for Louisville on Thursday.

A system of severe weather moved through Cincinnati overnight Wednesday morning, with tornado warnings sounding throughout the region. Winds had reached over 70 mph in some places and a few in the clubhouse certainly noticed.

"It's crazy all over the country," Baker said. "I've never watched the Weather Channel so much. I look at it the first thing every morning. I used to watch SportsCenter. Now I'm watching Al Roker."