Cincinnati Reds - PlayerWatch
LHP David Holmberg (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will make his sixth appearance of the season and first start against the Cardinals on Friday in St. Louis. Holmberg earned his first big league victory last Saturday in a 5-1 decision at Milwaukee. On Sept. 8, he replaced injured starter Dylan Axelrod after one batter and threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
CF Billy Hamilton, who has struggled in the second half with a .212 average, got the night off Wednesday. "We've seen Billy (endure) that kind of ebb and flow to his season," manager Bryan Price said. "It's a very difficult game to be consistently outstanding in your performance." A top candidate for National League rookie of the year, Hamilton still tops other NL rookies in RBIs, multi-hit games, runs, hits, total bases, doubles, stolen bases and extra-base hits.
Daniel Corcino (0-1) made his fourth big league appearance and second career start, allowed two earned runs and three hits while walking four and striking out six. He worked 5 2/3 innings. "He did a nice job," manager Bryan Price said. "I like to see these young guys come in here and be willing to throw it over the plate and compete."
CF Yorman Rodriguez went 2-for-4 and registered his first career multi-hit game, driving in the Reds' lone run on a first-inning groundout. He has hits in three straight games (4-for-9) since going 0-for-3 in his first career appearance on Sept. 4 at Baltimore.
1B Joey Votto took batting practice and spent some time picking up infield grounders this week at Wrigley Field, leading to speculation he might yet return to the lineup. "I thought he looked good," manager Bryan Price said. "He didn't look like a guy coming off an injury. He may have felt that way seeing live pitching for the first time and out on the field." Votto, 30, has been sidelined with a quad injury since early July. He was batting .255 with six home runs and 23 RBIs when he departed.
RHP Mat Latos (5-5, 3.25 ERA) might make another appearance after he was scratched last week against the Brewers with a bone bruise in his right elbow. "I wouldn't say there's no chance (of playing in a game)," manager Bryan Price said. "I talked to him yesterday about it, saying our goal is to continue with the throwing protocol and build up (his) arm strength and verify the soreness and inflammation is out. If it makes sense, then he could potentially pitch again."