Reds short on infielders with Valdez sidelined

Reds short on infielders with Valdez sidelined

CINCINNATI -- The Reds were without any spare infielders on Thursday as Wilson Valdez was out with a stiff neck. Valdez, who replaced the injured Brandon Phillips to start Wednesday's game at second base, left in the fifth inning with neck discomfort.

Miguel Cairo replaced Valdez, leaving only Ryan Ludwick, Chris Heisey and Dioner Navarro on the bench against the Padres. Pitcher Mike Leake was also available to pinch-hit.

Phillips was likely unavailable because of a strained left calf, but his injury hasn't been considered serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. Scott Rolen, who normally gets day games off following a night game, made the start at third base since backups Todd Frazier and Cairo were already playing other spots.

"Yeah, we're real short. We were short [Wednesday]," Reds manager Dusty Baker.

There was little improvement to report from Valdez.

"Not much," Baker said. "It'd be a better chance if we had a night game tonight vs. a day game after night. It hurts him to slide, that's when you get jarred. That's when it goes up and down your vertebrae."