• Despite having eight hits in his last four games and a .419 June average, Ryan Ludwick was held out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday against Priates starter Edinson Volquez. Price said he liked Skip Schumaker -- who got the start in left field -- against Volquez, and that Ludwick would be back in the starting lineup on Thursday.
• Billy Hamilton is quickly -- literally -- closing in on second place on the Reds' rookie steals list. Hamilton swiped three bags Tuesday to boost his season total to 28, just two behind Chris Sabo, who had 30 steals in his rookie year of 1988. Bob Bescher, who stole 54 bases in 1909, holds the franchise rookie record.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.