Trio of bench players draw start in series finale

Trio of bench players draw start in series finale

CINCINNATI -- The Reds had three role players getting starts on Sunday vs. the Marlins, as Cesar Izturis was in the lineup at shortstop, Jack Hannahan started at third base and Xavier Paul was in left field.

Izturis was scheduled to play anyway, according to manager Dusty Baker, but it became a need after two fingers on Zack Cozart's right hand were hit while he attempted to bunt in the 13th inning of Saturday's 3-2 win. X-rays were negative.

"He can pinch-run. He could possibly hit," Baker said of Cozart. "He doesn't feel the tip of his fingers, and that would make it a little difficult to throw. I'm not going to use him to pinch-bunt, that's for sure."

Hannahan was making his first start of the season at third base in place of Todd Frazier, who was just getting a day off.

"He looked like he was losing his stroke a little bit," Baker said of Hannahan. "His stroke has gotten long. Frazier, I have to spot from time to time. It's a perfect day to get all of them in there."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.