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OF Chris Heisey postponed his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville at Durham, N.C., on Tuesday due to wet conditions. Heisey, on the disabled list since April 29 with strained right hamstring, played for the Bats on Wednesday night and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
2B Brandon Phillips was hitting .176 in 12 games since missing four after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch from Pirates LHP Tony Watson. "He's just trying too hard," manager Dusty Baker said prior to Wednesday's game. "He's not hurting. He's swinging at bad pitches." Phillips now ranks second in the National League with 57 RBI, including a bases-loaded RBI single in the 13th inning Wednesday that lifted the Reds to a 2-1 win. "I'm trying to get back to my same approach," Phillips said.
RHP Jonathan Broxton has been shut down since being placed on the DL on June 15 with a flexor mass strain in his elbow. Broxton has been limited to strengthening exercises but could begin a throwing program this weekend. He has struggled at times in his role as the Reds' primary setup man, going 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 29 appearances.
LHP Sean Marshall is still at least two weeks away from coming off the disabled list, but he is progressing well. Marshall's long toss is up to 120 feet and he's throwing without discomfort. The Reds miss Marshall's presence as a left-handed specialist in the bullpen. In 11 appearances sandwiched around two stints on the DL, Marshall has gone 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA.
RHP Homer Bailey has fared well in his career against the Pirates, including a no-hitter at PNC Park on Sept. 28, 2012. In 12 career starts against the Bucs, Bailey has gone 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA. Twice in his past six starts Bailey has been the victim of blown saves. Aside from two starts in which he allowed seven earned runs, Bailey's season ERA is 2.66.
RF Jay Bruce has a flair for the dramatic. His solo homer in the ninth inning Wednesday was his third career game-tying homer in the ninth, and it came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli, who to that point was 25-for-25 on save opportunities this season. Bruce also has five career walk-off homers, including one that helped the Reds clinch the National League Central title in 2010. He leads all right fielders in RBI, doubles and hits.