CINCINNATI -- For the first time since May 3, center fielder Drew Stubbs was out of the starting lineup as the Reds played the Braves on Wednesday. It was just a break for Stubbs and not due to an injury. In Monday's game, he hit his left shoulder on the ground to make a nice sliding catch.
"I'm fine," Stubbs said. "I just kind of landed awkwardly and got up a little slow."
Reds manager Dusty Baker has been giving regulars breaks as his team is in the midst of a 20-games-in-20-days stretch.
Stubbs made the defensive play of the game on Tuesday. In the fourth inning as Freddie Freeman led off with a deep drive to the wall in right-center field, Stubbs made a perfect one-hop throw from the warning track to nail Freeman at second base.
"It definitely feels good to do that," Stubbs said. "My defense has always been something I've worked hard on and take a lot of pride in. For Freeman to hit that ball to lead off the inning and potentially have a leadoff runner on second, to cut him down like that was a big boost for us as a team."