|Ramon Ortiz / P|
Weight: 175 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Ortiz update: Ramon Ortiz, on the disabled list with a strained right groin, threw 58 pitches in a rehab appearance in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday night.Ortiz pitched three innings against Tampa, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with no walks, three strikeouts and a home run. Ortiz is scheduled to throw a side session on Thursday in Milwaukee during the Reds' off-day. The team has not made any announcement as to when he will return from the DL. His kind of town: Austin Kearns has taken a liking to Wrigley Field. In his last five games here, he's gone 7-for-22 (.316) with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and six RBIs. That includes Monday night's game, when he hit a solo homer off Mark Prior in the fourth inning. Reds report: Wily Mo Pena remained out of the starting lineup because of stiffness in his left quadriceps, though he was once again available for pinch-hit duties. ... D'Angelo Jimenez made just his second start of the road trip at second base Tuesday, as Ryan Freel returned to his utility role. ... Legendary broadcaster Joe Nuxhall will be filling in for Marty Brennaman in the 700 WLW Radio booth during all three games of this weekend's series in Milwaukee. Brennaman will be in Salisbury, N.C., being inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame. Down on the farm: Triple-A Louisville right-hander Allan Simpson, acquired in the trade that sent Jose Acevedo to the Rockies organization, continued to struggle in his new surroundings Monday. Simpson gave up five runs (four earned) on one hit with three walks, two strikeouts, one hit batsman and one wild pitch in one inning of a 7-1 loss to Columbus. Left-hander Brian Shackelford (0-1) took the loss. ... Double-A Chattanooga won, 10-2, over Mobile, with right-hander Richie Gardner (2-0) getting the victory. Outfielder Norris Hopper went 4-for-4 with three runs, a home run and five RBIs. ... Single-A Sarasota fell, 7-0, to Tampa, with Bobby Basham (1-2) taking the loss. ... Single-A Dayton won, 12-2, Monday night, but dropped a 6-5 decision to Quad Cities on Tuesday afternoon. Right-hander Rafael Gonzalez (2-3) earned the win, and right-hander Dirt Ursin (0-2) took the loss in the two games. On deck: The Reds and Cubs wrap up their three-game set at Wrigley Field with a 2:20 p.m. ET game Wednesday. Right-hander Aaron Harang (1-1, 3.70 ERA) gets the start for the Reds, with right-hander Ryan Dempster (1-3, 4.57) going for the Cubs.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.