CINCINNATI - Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who carried a career-high 12-game hit streak into Wednesday, is always confident in his abilities. But as comfortable as he's been at the plate lately, that confidence has ratcheted up a few more notches.
"It's nice to know when you're up there, the pressure is on the pitcher," said Frazier, who was 14-for-46 (.304) with three home runs and 11 RBIs during the 12 games. "You're not worried about a thing."
Frazier, who has hit safely in 17 of his previous 19 games to raise his overall average from .210 to .265, has made small adjustments while working with new hitting coach Don Long and assistant hitting coach Lee Tinsley.
"They look at my film but don't get too real in-depth with me," Frazier said. "If they see something little, they help me out with that. Everything is nice and slow. I've been seeing a lot of pitches. I rarely do that. My Dad [Charles] was like 'You look so comfortable up there. I've never seen you take so many pitches in my life. I'm kind of getting frustrated that you're taking these pitches down the plate.' I say 'Dad, it's not the pitch that I'm looking for.' These New Jersey people get a little hasty sometimes. They understand now that I'm working on something and that it feels pretty good up there."
Frazier's hot stretch is coming at a time when the Reds' offense has lacked consistency, especially with injuries affecting the lineup.
"We were all optimistic and very much in the belief that Todd Frazier is an even better player than we've seen his first couple of years in the Major Leagues," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's hitting for a higher average. He's more of a damage guy with his extra base hits, driving in more runs, we've seen him stealing more bases, playing great defense and bringing the energy every day. It's not a surprise but it's certainly a welcome stretch for all of us."
Price optimistic Cingrani can start on road trip
CINCINNATI -- Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani appeared a good bet to come off of the disabled list and pitch on Saturday vs. the Phillies. Wednesday's rainout has thrown a wrench in the plans.
Cincinnati's rotation is in flux with starters being moved back a day. The club currently has "TBA" listed for Sunday at Philadelphia.
"We're still optimistic that Tony will pitch on that road trip," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's nothing that suggests he won't. Which game, we'll probably have a better idea in the next 48 hours. He could pitch on Sunday or Monday the way things are laying out now."
On the DL since May 1 because of mild shoulder tendinitis, Cingrani threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday afternoon without issue. That came after an 80-pitch session Monday.
"I'm fine. I feel strong," Cingrani said. "I can't wait to go out there and pitch against the Phillies. I pitched against them last time and lost at Citizens Bank Park. It should be pretty good to get out there and face them again."
Cingrani actually got a no-decision on May 17 last year when he gave up three runs and five hits over five innings in a 5-3 Reds loss to the Phillies.
"We're optimistic," Price said. "What we're looking for is a stronger shoulder and a pain-free delivery. I think we're close. But we want to be all the way there before he's activated. We anticipate him being able to pitch on the road trip. Until we get through that last stage, we won't make a commitment to him starting."
Cingrani last started on April 30 vs. the Cubs and showed decreased fastball velocity over his four-inning outing. While he was out, the Reds used a four-man rotation because of scheduled off-days. The 24-year-old expressed his displeasure about being put on the DL but admitted Wednesday it was probably in his best interest.
"It's always a good thing to get a break, but I don't want a break," Cingrani said. "It put a little more pressure on the other four starters, which wasn't too good. I didn't want to take it but it's definitely going to help."
As for whether the injury was fully behind him, Cingrani couldn't say for sure.
"I don't know. I haven't thrown in a game yet," he said.
• Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, on the disabled list since April 26 because of a strained left hamstring, played in his first rehab assignment game for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Mesoraco was behind the plate for five innings and went 2-for-3. He was scheduled to play longer Wednesday.