Peraza making steady progress with bat

Peraza making steady progress with bat

PHILADELPHIA -- For all but three of the games during his career-high 13-game hitting streak, Reds second baseman Jose Peraza, has gotten one hit per day. With 12 of his last 16 hits being singles, it's not the stuff of legend but Peraza is making progress after a slow start to 2017.

Peraza, 23, burst on to the scene for Cincinnati once he got regular time in the lineup in August and batted .324 with a .352 on-base percentage. This season, he entered Sunday batting .254 with only a .290 OBP.

"This is my first full year in the big leagues. Last year maybe the pitchers didn't know me as well as they know me right now," Peraza said via translator Julio Morillo. "I think they know how to pitch me right now. I've been making the adjustments at the plate. Everything is going to work out for me. It's coming."

Peraza has been putting in the time off the field to make improvements.

"I feel good," Peraza said in English. "I'm working every day in the cage with [hitting coaches] Tony [Jaramillo] and Don [Long]. Sometimes, things don't go the way that you want, but it's part of the game."

Injury report

• Pitcher Homer Bailey, who is working his way back from right elbow surgery that removed bone chips in February, will next pitch two innings in simulated game action at extended spring camp in Arizona. Bailey pitched one inning with 20 pitches on Wednesday.

"He's been doing great and bouncing back well," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Sunday. "To be responsible, he's going to need to be there until he gets maybe that four-inning outing. You have that 30-day [rehab assignment] window, and you don't want to feel like you're rushing him."

• Pitcher Sal Romano, who is on the Triple-A Louisville disabled list with a right shoulder injury, pitched three innings at extended spring camp on Friday.

"It was very, very effective. The reviews were very strong," Price said. "He's getting much closer. It bodes well for him, and it bodes well for us because he can certainly help us at some point."

• The news was not positive for right-hander Rookie Davis at Louisville. Davis, who last pitched three innings on May 19, was placed on the seven-day DL with an upper back strain.

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.