Reds able to rest injured players down stretch

Reds able to rest injured players down stretch

CINCINNATI -- As the Reds play their final nine games of the regular season, acting manager Chris Speier is not afraid to give some injured players maximum rest to get healthy before the playoffs.

Third baseman Scott Rolen, who hasn't played since Friday, was given another day of rest on Tuesday as he deals with nagging back and neck issues. Todd Frazier started his third straight game at third base.

"He felt good today, and I thought, 'OK, let's give him one more day,'" Speier said. "There's that fine line of balancing health with at-bats. I know Scotty, he wants at-bats, he needs at-bats, and we need to do that without jeopardizing his health. He's got some back and neck things that he's had for years. It's now a matter of, I can rest him on a day game after a night game. To me it's a day-to-day thing. 'How do you feel? You ready to go? Yes? OK, you're in there.' We'll monitor that as we go."

Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who left Sunday's game after he was struck on the neck and collarbone by a foul ball, was given some rest on Tuesday. Speier expects Hanigan to return on Wednesday.

Left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who hasn't played since leaving last Wednesday's game with left groin tightness, remains day to day before returning.