Baker moved slumping Jay Bruce, 1 for 16 with one RBI in the first five games of a seven-game trip, to second in the batting order for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. Baker said Bruce needs to work on his pitch selection and believes that spot could be helpful.
"You can tell he's getting frustrated," the manager said. "Just because they're supposed to throw you strikes doesn't mean they're going to throw you strikes. They're teasing him out of the zone."
Utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. missed his second straight start with flu-like symptoms but Baker said Hairston was feeling better and would probably play Wednesday. Center fielder Willy Taveras was back in the leadoff slot after missing three starts with tightness in his right hamstring.