Schumaker (shoulder) is getting closer to beginning a rehab assignment, but the team is working on building his strength first. "I think he's over the pain hurdle," manager Bryan Price said on Monday. "When you have an injury like that, where it really hurts him is his ability to maintain his strength because he is so limited in what he can do with his shoulder. We're really focusing on increasing his strength and once he gets to that place, we'll get him back out into games. He's chomping at the bit to play. We're going to be a little bit conservative just to make sure we can get Skip back as close to 100 percent as we can get him this year."
The Reds aren't planning to move Mesoraco higher in the lineup, though manager Bryan Price is open to the possibility, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "Anything is possible," Price said. "We certainly know that Frazier's going to start to swing the bat like he did earlier in the season. We're not concerned about that. There's guys who are going to have a little bit of ebb and flow with the way they swing the bat. That's just baseball. If there comes a time when there's injury or some significant long-term struggle, we may make some adjustments. But, right now, I kind of like the flow of the lineup as it is. And I like having some weaponry at the bottom."
Christiani was able to remain in the Reds' bullpen, even after the activation of Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall from the DL. Instead, Trevor Bell (elbow) went on the DL and Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.