Things have been pretty bad lately for the Phillies, but following Friday's victory against the Reds, they hope they can take two of three at Great American Ball Park.
It would be quite a turnaround for a team that entered the series with a six-game losing streak.
"It's getting out of control now," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said Thursday about the team's losing ways.
Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.03 ERA) will face Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon (7-3, 3.03 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. Hernandez has pitched as a No. 5 starter and is expected to pitch deep into the game, although he has pitched past the sixth inning in just two of his 10 starts this season, which has put an incredible amount of wear on a struggling bullpen.
Simon is 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies. He allowed five hits, one walk and struck out eight in 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies on May 16. It was the only game the Reds won at Citizens Bank Park, which is hard to believe the way the Phillies have been struggling.
But the Reds have been inconsistent, too. They looked good during a four-game winning streak this week before losing two in a row before Friday's series opener against the Phillies.
"I'm not disappointed or starting to think we saw the best of our club and now we're back into the doldrums," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
"I still feel like we have confidence even after losing these two games," Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton said. "We won some on the road before this happened, but I feel like the guys are still up, and we still have that confidence that we can start winning some more games."
Phillies: Cedeno called up
The Phillies on Friday selected the contract of journeyman infielder Ronny Cedeno from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Left-hander Cesar Jimenez has been designated for assignment.
"Middle infield help," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said simply about Cedeno's promotion. "A right-handed bat. He's been swinging the bat really well. Just another infielder that can play shortstop."
The Phillies brought Cedeno, 31, to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, but released him March 25. They resigned him to a Minor League contract March 30. He was hitting .286/.327/.367 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 42 games for Lehigh Valley.
Reds: Latos to go again Monday
Reds right-hander Mat Latos, who has been on the disabled list the entire season with right elbow and left knee surgeries as well as a right forearm strain, will make another rehab start Monday.
Latos made his third rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Louisville, where he went five innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three, but had to leave the game in the sixth due to a calf cramp. He threw 67 pitches.
"Barring any issues with the rest of the guys in our rotation, we'd like to get him all the way stretched out," Price said.
• Third baseman Cody Asche, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, has started to hit, but he is at least a week away from rejoining the team, probably longer.
• Left-hander Cliff Lee, who is on the DL with a strained left elbow, still has not been cleared to throw. He continues to be tested daily.
• Price said first baseman Joey Votto, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, would be reevaluated after a full workout of batting practice, fielding and running the bases prior to Friday's game.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.