PITTSBURGH -- Because of a strained left groin, Reds shortstop Edgar Renteria remains unavailable to manager Dusty Baker. However, there are no apparent plans to place the veteran on the disabled list to make room for a healthy body on the roster. "It's daily," Baker said of Renteria's status. "I was informed that Edgar could be back and ready in a couple of days. It's not easy playing short[handed], especially on the infield." That issue surfaced during the sixth inning of Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals. With runners on the corners and two outs, Baker wanted to pinch-hit for Paul Janish, but he had no true shortstop on the bench to replace him when the Reds were trailing 1-0 at the time.
The other shortstop options for Baker are not simple ones. Utility infielder Miguel Cairo had logged only one inning at the position last season and a total of 14 innings over four games since 2009. Rookie infielder Todd Frazier hasn't played short since 2008 at Class A Sarasota. Frazier is ready and willing to give shortstop a shot again. As he sat on the bench Thursday, he thought that it might happen. "I guess there was a chance in mind and I was ready for it," Frazier said on Friday. "It was my natural position. It's something that would be kind of exciting if you think about it. It would have been cool to play there again. I'm comfortable there. It's what I came up as. I'd be ready to do the job if called upon." Frazier started at third base on Friday, but can play five positions in the infield and outfield. He has not taken any pregame ground balls at shortstop as of yet, though. "I haven't really heard anything about it," Frazier said. "I will keep doing my thing at third base until I hear otherwise." There are no pure shortstops at Triple-A Louisville either. Kris Negron has played 34 games there this season but is batting .201. Chris Valaika was drafted as a shortstop in 2006, but he has only played seven games there for Louisville this season.