CINCINNATI -- The Reds haven't just looked like one of the hottest teams in baseball lately, the team's record backs that observation. Entering Tuesday, Cincinnati is a Major League best 17-5 (.773) since May 3. The next-best team is the one directly ahead of the Reds in the National League Central standings, the Cardinals, who were 16-6 (.727).
"We're playing pretty good. As a manager, you always want to be playing better," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. "There are a few things. We could pitch better at times. We could run the bases at times and play better defense at times. We could get some clutch hitting at times. Very rarely, is everything clicking at the same time. That's happened a whole bunch of times. We're playing good enough to win."
In the last 16 games before Tuesday, Reds pitchers are 13-3 with a 2.49 ERA and three shutouts.
Recovering Heisey gets work in outfield
CINCINNATI -- Reds left fielder Chris Heisey, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring, began shagging fly balls on Monday. However, a return to action is not yet imminent.
"They asked me to take it easy and run after some balls, but avoid the full sprint and lunging catches," Heisey said on Tuesday. "You can't really simulate a game-speed catch like that without actually doing it. That's where when I feel 100 percent, it will probably be an extra couple of days to make sure it's healed."
During his one game on a rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola about two weeks ago, Heisey re-injured the hamstring trying to make a play in the outfield. No timetable has been set for trying another rehab assignment.
"I'd like to think I'm pretty close, but we haven't talked about it yet. So it's not going to be the next couple of days," Heisey said. "Everything is going well. To my dismay, I've got to take it a little slower this time, I think, to avoid a setback."
• The Showdown of Ohio four-game series between the Reds and Indians shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday evening at Progressive Field at 7:05 p.m. ET. It will mark the first time that the Reds have traveled immediately following a home night game since Sept. 5, 2001, when they flew to Pittsburgh to begin a series after a game against the Astros. The Houston game was originally scheduled for the afternoon, but was moved to accommodate national television.