Stubbs passes physical test in return from DL

Stubbs passes physical test in return from DL

CINCINNATI -- Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs' best test of his once-strained left oblique muscle Monday night wasn't a swing of the bat. It was an unconventional slide into second for a stolen base in the eighth inning during Cincinnati's 3-1 win over the Brewers.

Stubbs was activated from the disabled list before the game.

"We were really paying attention to him because he was contorted and twisted at second base trying to stay on the bag," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It looks like he came out of that OK. He took some real hard swings, too, he threw the ball and was running great. We're still going to have to monitor him some."

With a day game coming on Wednesday and Stubbs starting against the Brewers on Tuesday night, Baker felt it was likely that Stubbs would not start the series finale. Counting three games of a rehab assignment, he played in his fifth straight game on Tuesday.

"I think I've given [the injury] a good test over the last four or five days, and I've gotten a lot of questions about that one play," said Stubbs, who was 2-for-3 in his return to the lineup. "Frankly, it was me losing my balance and trying to keep my foot on the base. It felt fine after that. I feel as good today as I felt yesterday, and hopefully it'll continue to be that way for me."