CHICAGO -- With the season at Triple-A Louisville concluding on Monday, the Reds made their final planned September callup on Tuesday, when lefty pitcher Travis Wood was recalled.
Wood pitched four innings and allowed five runs and nine hits, with two walks and five strikeouts, on Saturday. He is 6-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 18 games this season for the Reds, including 16 starts.
During his previous stint with the Reds from Aug. 9-26, Wood made only two relief appearances and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Valaika gets first start at shortstop
CHICAGO -- For anyone clamoring to see more young players in the Reds' lineup, there were four rookies embedded in manager Dusty Baker's lineup on Tuesday vs. the Cubs.
Dave Sappelt, who started 13 games in left field this season, made his first big league start in center field for Drew Stubbs. Todd Frazier, who had 19 starts at third base, made only his second start in left field. Catcher Devin Mesoraco batted fifth in only his second big league start.
And Chris Valaika, who has started at third base and second base in his short big league tenure, made his first start at shortstop for the Reds.
"Remember, you asked me how I was going to play everybody," Baker said. "I'm doing the best I can to give everybody a look-see. Some are getting longer [looks] than others. I'm just trying to help figure some things out."
Valaika, who was drafted as a shortstop in 2006, played only 13 games there this season for Triple-A Louisville, compared to 85 at second base.
"This year, I got a little bit more time there once Zack [Cozart] got called up," Valaika said. "I feel comfortable. I guess they call it home. I came up as a shortstop and moved to second base last year. The reps I took this year put me in a good situation to feel comfortable playing [on Tuesday]."
Valaika, 26, batted .313 in eight games -- including four starts -- for the Reds during his earlier callup from April 24-May 12. He batted .261 with seven homers and 37 RBIs this season at Louisville.
"The start [to] the year was great, and then I got an opportunity earlier in the year to be back here [with the big league club]," Valaika said. "Once I got sent back down, there was an adjustment period coming back from the big leagues. I kind of lost my bearings a little bit. But I turned it around the last couple of months and had a strong August. It gave me the opportunity to be back here again."
Valaika relished his start on Tuesday, particularly because it was at Wrigley Field. His father, Jeff, and many members of his family hail from the Chicago area. Valaika grew up in Southern California.
"My family grew up Cubs fans in the Chicago area," he said. "I would call it a dream. Getting to play here is great."
Rolen back in Reds' clubhouse on Tuesday
CHICAGO -- Injured third baseman Scott Rolen was back in the Reds' clubhouse on Tuesday. Rolen had left the club on Friday to return home because of a death in the family. He will not accompany the team to Colorado because he plans on attending funeral services this weekend.
Rolen, who has not played since July 22 and had left shoulder surgery on Aug. 3, has not given up on returning before the 2011 season ends.
"My plan has always been to rehab my shoulder and come back and play this year," Rolen said.
Until the middle of last week, Rolen was on track to return on Friday at St. Louis. Last Wednesday, he felt a little sore and lightened his workout the next day.
"Wednesday, for whatever reason, I didn't come out of batting practice feeling too good -- and that's when I slowed it down a little bit," Rolen said. "It showed me where I am. I am not worried or concerned about it."
Asked if Tuesday's starting pitcher Mike Leake was making his final start of the season to cap his innings for the year, Baker was non-committal.
"I'm not sure yet. We're getting close," Baker said.
Stubbs entered Tuesday with 37 stolen bases. He could become the first Reds player to reach 40 steals since Deion Sanders swiped 56 bases in 1997.
Pitching coach Bryan Price left the club on Tuesday to tend to a personal matter. Price is expected to return on Wednesday. Bullpen coach Porky Lopez served as pitching coach.