Could we be having a platoon between Lopez and Castro at SS? Kind of sounds like it to me.
Castro gets playing time
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - Brandon Phillips led off Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Juan Castro started at shortstop for Felipe Lopez, and Ryan Freel did not start.
"Without Freel and Lopez, it falls to (Phillips)," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "Honestly, I feel comfortable with wherever he hits. I think he's going to give us a good at-bat."
Phillips went 1-for-3 with a walk. He had his string of 16 straight successful steal attempts snapped in the first inning.
It was Lopez's third day off in a week.
"It's been a grind here before the All-Star break," Narron said. "I'm trying to get Juan out there as much I can."
The addition of Castro gives Narron another alternative at shortstop - a sure-handed one and a right-handed-hitting one. (Lopez is hitting .209 against right-handers.) Castro makes it easier to rest Lopez, Narron said.
PROJECTION: Ken Griffey Jr. missed 26 games with a strained biceps tendon in his right knee.
Factoring in that missed time, if you project his current numbers - 18 homers, 50 RBI - he would have 26 homers and 76 RBI.
HOMER PERFECT: Johnny Almaraz, director of player development, has two reasons why No. 1 prospect Homer Bailey has been better since he was promoted from Single-A Sarasota to Double-A Chattanooga: distorted statistics and rest.
"He made a lot of strides in Sarasota with mechanics," Almaraz said. "Statistically, his numbers weren't great, but he did everything we asked him to.
"We also held him back a start to refresh him."
Bailey, a 20-year-old right-hander, went 3-5 with a 3.31 ERA for Sarasota. He's 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three starts for Chattanooga.
Though the Reds don't have the strict limits on pitch counts that they had under Dan O'Brien, they want to keep Bailey to 140-150 innings. He's at 87 2/3 so far.
"We'll evaluate him," Almaraz said. "If he's still going strong, we might let him keep going. If he shows fatigue, we'll hold him back."
FARM REPORT: Joey Votto was named the Southern League player of the month for June. Votto, a 22-year-old first baseman, hit .355 with eight home runs, 24 RBI and five steals.
Dayton's Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to six games by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run. Bruce has 33 doubles and 57 RBI and is hitting .319.