CINCINNATI -- Infielder Ramon Santiago, who started at second base in Saturday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Pirates, tweaked his left shoulder on a diving attempt to snare a ground ball up the middle in the first inning. He wasn't penciled into the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale.
"I think he's probably a little bit sore, but he can play," manager Bryan Price said of Santiago. "He got a little beat up yesterday, as you saw. But [the medical staff] did all the tests and stuff on him in there, and he had good strength and swung the bat fine and seemed to be OK. But I think he has the chance to feel a little bit more sore today than yesterday."
With Sunday's contest being Cincinnati's last prior to the All-Star break, the time off couldn't come at a better time with all of the club's injuries -- particularly with Brandon Phillips (left thumb) and Skip Schumaker (concussion DL) out, leaving Kristopher Negron, who started at second on Sunday, as the lone option at the position behind Santiago.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.