• As manager Dusty Baker pushes the Reds to resolve Aroldis Chapman's status as either a starter or closer in the coming days, Chapman's performance on the mound in his scheduled Saturday night start against the Giants is largely irrelevant.
"I don't have to see anything," Baker said. "He's going to be good, either way. It's a matter of what I and we think is best for him and us.
"There's a lot of people affected by this decision. A lot of jobs are affected by this decision. A lot of roles are changed by this decision. I didn't want to go this far. I'd like to ease his mind and stop the questions -- get the rotation together, get the bullpen together, get everything together so guys know what their jobs are. He's kind of the man in the middle, and the man in the middle is a very confusing place to be."
• The Reds No. 1 prospect, center fielder Billy Hamilton, has missed a week of Cactus League play since tweaking his hamstring while stealing a base last Friday, but he is expected back in action this weekend.
"He's better," Baker said. "We're going to play him Saturday, when we have a split-squad [game]."
Hamilton is hitting .111 (2-for-18) with three steals in nine games. He has a .289 average in four Minor League seasons, topping out at Double-A Pensacola in 2012.
• Joey Votto played four innings at first base against the Mariners Thursday in his second game back since playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He went 0-for-2 and departed relatively early, but Baker indicated that the short outing was anticipated.
"He wasn't feeling good," Baker said. "He's off [Friday], so that's why I just gave him a couple at-bats and took him out. He was just tired and not feeling up to par. No big deal."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.