CIN@CHC: Phillips and Choo collide going after pop up

CINCINNATI -- One day after reporting he had trouble seeing following an outfield collision at Wrigley Field, second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the starting lineup Monday vs. the Braves.

In the fifth inning vs. the Cubs on a Alfonso Soriano popup, Phillips and center fielder Shin-Soo Choo came together. Phillips hit the ground hard while Choo was struck in the face by the ball. Both players were down on the ground and examined by the trainers before continuing in the game. In the eighth inning, manager Dusty Baker came on the field to remove Phillips when he heard he had vision issues.

Baker and Phillips both said Sunday they expected him to start on Monday. Baker never considered an alternative and made out his lineup without consulting with Phillips.

"I put him in the lineup, and if he was hurt, he would have come to me or the trainers would have come to me," Baker said. "It looked like Choo got the worst of it to me. Both of them are hurting. Brandon banged his head and Choo got hit on the mouth."

Setback behind him, Cueto throws off mound

CIN@PIT: Cueto exits in the fifth with lat injury

CINCINNATI -- Following a setback late last week that prevented him from starting a Minor League rehab assignment, Reds ace Johnny Cueto resumed throwing from a mound on Monday.

Cueto long tossed and then went to the bullpen and threw 25 pitches.

"He did very well. He looked very good and said he felt very good," head trainer Paul Lessard said.

Before going out to throw, Cueto seemed to be feeling positive about his health. He experienced soreness in his right oblique last week.

"I feel good. I feel better in my oblique," said Cueto, who originally went on the disabled list April 15 with a strained right lat.

Cueto was scheduled to see medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek later in the day. He will probably have another bullpen session before he potentially begins a rehab assignment.

"I don't want him to rush, favor one thing and hurt something else," Lessard said.

One week ago at St. Louis, Cueto threw a 45-pitch bullpen session and felt fine. He was poised to begin a rehab outing on Friday at Double-A Pensacola, pending a Thursday checkup with Kremchek.

Cueto wasn't cleared to pitch because of the oblique.

"It was a little sore," Cueto said. "I didn't feel it when I threw, but did when he touched it."

Hanigan set to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A

CIN@PIT: Hanigan nabs Snider trying to steal third

CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan will join Triple-A Louisville for a rehab assignment on Tuesday. The Bats will be playing in Lehigh Valley.

Hanigan, who will be examined by medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Monday before departing, has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 21 because a left oblique strain and sore right thumb.

"He's done really well. He's doing all baseball activities," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "He's hitting well. His body is responding well, at least that's what he's telling us."

It is not known yet how many games Hanigan would need before returning to the Reds. He was eligible to be activated on Sunday.

Baker not dwelling on his career achievements

CIN@CHC: Hoover locks up win, Baker ties Lasorda

CINCINNATI -- Sunday's 7-4 Reds victory over the Cubs marked career win No. 1,599 for manager Dusty Baker. It tied Baker for 18th on the all-time list with his former Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda.

As he approached the round number of 1,600 wins, Baker wasn't overly nostalgic.

"I don't even look at it. [Clubhouse manager] Rick Stowe is the one who tells me," Baker said on Monday. "If you're there, you might as well do it. Do it as soon as possible and move on to the next one.

"I never dreamed I'd be in this position. I never dreamed I'd be managing. It shows you what life's turns gives you sometimes."

Baker, 63, recalled advice he had gotten as a player from Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, a nine-time Most Valuable Player for the Tokyo Giants.

"I was told a long time ago to not start looking at your accolades at what you've done. You don't look until you're through," Baker said. "[Oh] said you get to 10, to 11 [MVPs] and not look at what you've done until you retire."

Worth noting

The Reds announced that they signed outfielder Joe Mather to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Double-A Pensacola. Mather, who had been playing independent ball in the Atlantic League when signed, spent 2012 with the Cubs and has also played for the Cardinals and Braves. He is a .219 hitter over 229 career games in the big leagues.