Schebler looking to turn it up at the plate

Schebler looking to turn it up at the plate

CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Scott Schebler was batting .293 with two home runs and 15 RBIs with runners in scoring position heading into Sunday's game. One of those homers and four of the RBIs came on Saturday in the 12-8 win over the Rockies.

Schebler would like to be better in those situations.

"Before [Saturday], I feel like I've struggled with runners in scoring position a little bit," Schebler said on Sunday morning. "I try not to read into that too much, but you want to come through for the team and drive in runs and you want to win the game and have your teammates feel like you're doing something. Maybe I put too much pressure on myself. To come through yesterday really helped my confidence."

Schebler added a solo shot for his 12th homer of the season in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Rockies, but he also struck out with two men on and one out in the eighth inning. He is batting .255/.325/.544, and his dozen homers lead the team.

Schebler's solo smash

"The home runs are good. My average is a little lower, obviously, than I want," Schebler said. "I feel like I'm competing at a good level. It's all you can ask for. It's still decently early in the year and I believe I will get hot at some point, kind of like I did last year in the last month. So I'm not too worried. I just want to have competitive at-bats."

Last season, Schebler batted .188 in his first 27 games and was ultimately demoted to Triple-A Louisville. He was recalled Aug. 2, after Jay Bruce was traded, and batted .290 with eight homers over his last 51 games.

Heading into Friday's series opener vs. Colorado, Schebler was in a 0-for-13 skid -- that included all three games at Wrigley Field vs. the Cubs.

"I need to figure out Wrigley pretty much, that's what it comes down to," Schebler said. "I've really just struggled at that place. I have to make an adjustment the next time I go there."

Worth noting

• Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, who has been on the disabled list all season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, began his throwing program on Sunday. DeSclafani played catch and made about 40 light throws from distances of 45 and 60 feet.

"Super low intensity. I felt good," DeSclafani said. "It was an easy workload. It was obviously good to feel nothing and feel loose. I'm excited. It's weird picking up a baseball, throwing it and catching it, but other than that, all good."

• Third catcher Stuart Turner, who was placed on the 10-day DL with a sore right hamstring on Saturday, isn't expected to be out very long, according to manager Bryan Price. Turner was injured when he was behind the plate on Friday night.

• With Turner out, Price plans to stick with eight relievers in the bullpen and a four-man bench again for the time being. Asher Wojciechowski was called up Saturday and earned his first big league win with 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

"At least until we clean up the bullpen, get these guys back to being a little bit more fresh. It's just the right time for it," Price said. "It'd be nice to stick with the seven-man bullpen and have that extra bench bat. It's been big. … But yeah, we need the reinforcements right now."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.