Reds option RH Partch, call up INF Soto

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds promoted infielder Neftali Soto before the second game of their series on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shoring up their depleted infield and bench.

They're also keeping a close watch on two injured starters.

The Reds have put three infielders on the disabled list in the past week. First baseman Joey Votto is out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six weeks. Skip Schumaker is out for a week with a concussion.

Manager Bryan Price said on Saturday that the team is still expecting Votto to be out for a significant time. He was on the DL once already with the injury, which won't heal completely until after the season.

"With Brandon and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than we are about days," Price said.

Schumaker ran into the wall while trying to make a catch on Thursday. He's on the seven-day disabled list and could return after the All-Star break. Schumaker showed some improvement on Saturday.

"We're hoping Skip is good to get through the All-Star break and will come out of that OK," Price said. "That's one of those things you've got to be cautious with. Concussion symptoms can be very short or very long and tedious."