Notes: Rumors a full-time job for Dunn

Notes: Rumors a full-time job for Dunn

LOS ANGELES -- Adam Dunn had the day off from baseball Tuesday.

But a day off from the trade rumors? Forget it.

Every day, the Reds' left fielder hears another one, as his name seems to appear in about as many sports pages as that of Lance Armstrong.

"I'm so tired of hearing about it," Dunn said. "Every day somebody calls me back home and hears I'm going here or there. I'm tired of it."

How tired, on a scale of one to 10?

"About a 30," Dunn said with a smile.

But the rumors won't go away, because Dunn plays for one of only a handful of clubs that can be roped into the "sellers" category before Sunday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trading deadline.

As a 25-year-old left-hander with 50-home run potential, Dunn would be a rare commodity for a team to be able to obtain at the deadline. He's the type of player a franchise can build itself around.

General manager Dan O'Brien knows this, of course. And he's said in recent days that he has no interest in trading any of his young players unless he's "overwhelmed" by an offer for one of them.

If O'Brien has received such an offer for Dunn, he hasn't let on. So Dunn remains in the dark about his future with the organization.

"My thing is, I would love to know if it's gonna happen or if it's not gonna happen," Dunn said. "It's like I'm just sitting back and waiting, and I don't even know what I'm waiting for."

Arbitration is looming for Dunn in the offseason, and he could easily command $8 or $9 million for 2006 at that time. The alternative is that the Reds could lock him up to a long-term contract, but whether the club would be willing to do so remains a mystery, for the time being.

It's O'Brien's policy not to have contract extension talks with players during the season. Dunn said he respects that policy.

"I understand," he said. "If that's how they do it, that's how they do it. I don't have a problem with that."

But after a season in which he's seen the team struggle, his good buddy Austin Kearns exiled to Triple-A Louisville for more than a month, his good buddy Danny Graves designated for assignment and his beloved massage chair removed from the clubhouse without prior warning, would Dunn be willing to sign a long-term deal with the club?

"I wouldn't mind at least talking about it," he said. "I just don't know what's going through their minds. I have no idea."

Despite being in the dark and enduring all the trials and tribulations this 2005 season has brought, Dunn said he still has strong feelings for the organization.

"I love it here," he said. "You start to get comfortable in places. I love the team, I love the guys, I love everything about it. The only thing that stinks about the situation right now is we're losing."

He could do without the losing. And he could do without the trade rumors, as well.

Hancock back on rehab: It's the Josh Hancock Rehab Assignment -- take two.

Hancock will report to Louisville on rehab assignment for the second time Wednesday. He made four appearances, including three starts, with the Bats from June 7 to June 20 before reaggravating the right groin injury that's had him on the disabled list all season.

Hancock has thrown several bullpen sessions in recent weeks and has reported no pain. He's shortened his stride to the plate, lessening the stress on his groin.

Wagner still sitting: Ryan Wagner still hasn't picked up a ball since going on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation on July 15.

"He's still in Cincinnati, rehabbing," head athletic trainer Mark Mann said. "We've said from the beginning that he wasn't going to throw until he's completely pain-free."

The Reds are hoping Wagner, who last pitched on July 7 in San Francisco, will be ready to start throwing by the end of the week.

In other news out of the "injured reliever" file, right-hander Ben Weber, on rehab assignment with a bulging disc in his neck, made his first appearance for Double-A Chattanooga on Monday and tossed a perfect inning of relief. Mann said Weber has reported no pain during his rehab stint, which began last week with Class A Dayton.

Women in baseball: The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate women's baseball with a visit from Patricia Scott, an original player from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball league.

Scott pitched for the Springfield Sallies in 1948 and the Fort Wayne Daisies from 1951-53. She'll be available to speak with visitors to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 30, sharing her experiences as a pioneer in women's baseball.

In conjunction with Scott's visit, the Hall of Fame will host a book signing with Jean Hastings Ardell, author of "Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime."

Scott and Ardell will take part in a short presentation beginning at 1 p.m. ET, followed by a book signing from 2-4 p.m.

Reds report: The Reds entered Tuesday's play with a 42-57 record through 99 games and will have their worst record after 100 games since going 38-62 to start the 2001 season. ... Manager Jerry Narron said he expects to get Ray Olmedo a start at second base for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers. ... Felipe Lopez and Dunn were given a rest Tuesday, with Rich Aurilia filling in at shortstop and Wily Mo Pena playing in left.

Down on the farm: Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez (5-3) gave up nine runs on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 13-9 loss to Toledo on Monday. His ERA rose from 2.83, which ranked second in the International League, to 3.57, pushing him out of the top 10. ... Right-hander Travis Chick, acquired from the Padres in Saturday's Joe Randa trade, was scheduled to make his debut for Chattanooga on Tuesday night. Chick went 2-9 with a 5.36 ERA in 19 games at Double-A Mobile this season. ... No. 1 pick Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with two runs and a solo home run, his first as a professional, in the Gulf Coast League Reds' 15-5 loss to the Pirates on Monday.

On deck: The Reds and Dodgers continue their four-game set with Wednesday's 10:10 p.m. ET game at Dodger Stadium. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz (6-6, 6.12 ERA) will face right-hander Jeff Weaver (8-8, 4.41 ERA).

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.