Cincinnati Reds news and notes – April 23

The Cincinnati Reds return home Tuesday night to begin a nine-game home stand. Here are some notes on the key players from this weekend’s action in Chicago.

• RHP Johnny Cueto went 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked two, hit two batters and struck out a season-high seven. Cueto is 2-0 with 1.78 ERA. “I felt really good,” Cueto said. “I like the way I threw all the pitches because I was aggressive with every single pitch I threw today.”

• LHP Sean Marshall worked the ninth for his first save against his old club. “It’s always fun to come back,” he said. “I got a lot of nice compliments from the fans here — that they missed me, that they wished they hadn’t traded me. But that’s baseball. But there’s a bunch of good folks here. I saw a lot of familiar faces, the grounds crew guys, the coaches over there.”

• LHP Aroldis Chapman walked a batter for the first time this year on Sunday. He had struck out 18 before the walk. He still has not allowed a run over 10 1/3 innings.

• 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup again Sunday. Phillips continues to deal with a strained left hamstring. “I was hoping he’d play Friday and Saturday,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Then he’d have (Sunday) and (Monday) to get treatment. But we had that cold weather Friday. Yesterday, I thought he was swinging a little too hard. I saw him wince a couple of times. We’ve got to get this thing out of there. This weather isn’t helping.”

• RHP Nick Masset, on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, hasn’t resumed throwing. “Until he doesn’t have any discomfort in his exercises and things he’s doing, he’s not going to throw,” pitching coach Bryan Price said. “The last time that didn’t work out.” Masset had some lingering discomfort when he tried to throw a week and a half ago.