SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS: With Triple-A Louisville in the playoffs, any September call-ups off the Bats' roster will be delayed until the playoff run is over.
"It's a good delay," Baker said. "It's a good delay for them. And we've got guys here trying to have good years and make a run."
All players on the 40-man roster are eligible to be on the active roster after Sept. 1.
Homer Bailey, Danny Herrera, Paul Janish, Daryl Thompson and Todd Coffey are candidates for return trips to the majors. Danny Richar and Wilkin Castillo, obtained in the Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn trades, may get calls as well.
The Reds could add players to the 40-man. Matt Maloney, Drew Stubbs, Josh Roenicke and Chris Valaika could be considered.
WHAT ABOUT PETTYJOHN? Baker isn't overlooking Adam Pettyjohn.
The 31-year-old left-hander is 14-5 with a 4.66 ERA for Louisville.
"You like to call up guys who have good years," Baker said. "He's a crafty lefty. He won (16) last year and 14 this year. I don't buy when they say a guy doesn't have enough fastball or this and that."
Baker points to John Burkett, whom he managed in San Francisco. Burkett went on to pitch 15 years in the big leagues and win 166 games. "He was called up by default," Baker said.