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Gennett could be ready to start Saturday

Rainey recalled after Garrett placed on bereavement list
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CINCINNATI -- Scooter Gennett could return to the lineup on Saturday after missing four starts with right shoulder inflammation. To this point, the Reds have remained cautious.

"Scooter feels good today," said Reds manager Jim Riggleman prior to Friday's game. "Talking to Steve Baumann, our trainer, he wanted to get [Gennett] a good workout on the field today and pass all the tests. We feel he'll be fully ready to go tomorrow."

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CINCINNATI -- Scooter Gennett could return to the lineup on Saturday after missing four starts with right shoulder inflammation. To this point, the Reds have remained cautious.

"Scooter feels good today," said Reds manager Jim Riggleman prior to Friday's game. "Talking to Steve Baumann, our trainer, he wanted to get [Gennett] a good workout on the field today and pass all the tests. We feel he'll be fully ready to go tomorrow."

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Gennett has appeared as a pinch-hitter in each of the past four games, including Friday's 4-1 win against the Marlins, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

"Shoulder feels good," said Gennett. "No pain right now. They didn't want to throw me in there and see what happened. I feel good, and as long as everything goes good in the pregame work, I'll be out there [Saturday]."

Gennett is the only player to appear in each of the Reds' first 32 games, including 26 starts. Although he has appeared as a pinch-hitter, Gennett said it was tough to watch his teammates get swept by the Brewers in three games this week.

"I think everyone wants to contribute and help the team win, myself included," Gennett said.

Rainey recalled

Right-hander Tanner Rainey was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday for his second stint with the Reds this season. Rainey took the roster spot of reliever Amir Garrett, who was placed on the bereavement list on Thursday.

This is Rainey's second stint with the Reds and he's looking for better results than his first stint, when he allowed seven earned runs and walked five in two innings. Four of those runs came on a grand slam by the Phillies' Scott Kingery on April 10.

Rainey's results have been far better at Triple-A, where he has made seven scoreless relief appearances and converted both save opportunities.

Garrett could be on bereavement for up to seven days. As long as Rainey is here, Riggleman said he'll find him some innings.

"He's going to be a good one," Riggleman said. "When he settles in and really gets his feet under him -- he walked some guys and got himself into some trouble the last time [he was up] -- but look for him to get a little more comfortable."

International League batters hit .069 against Rainey, who appreciated Riggleman's vote of confidence.

"The first time [up] wasn't what I wanted," Rainey said. "But I went back down for a couple weeks, got back to feeling good again. Hopefully bring that back up here, and not let the game change."

Spell for Peraza?

Riggleman mentioned that Jose Peraza is due for a day off. Peraza has started at shortstop in 30 of the Reds' 31 games including Friday. He hasn't missed a game since April 2.

The Reds are reluctant to get Peraza's bat out of the lineup. Since going 0-for-12 to start the season, he batted .327 through his next 27 games.

Video: CIN@MIN: Peraza plates Blandino, pads the lead

Riggleman indicated on Friday how he'll shuffle the infield in Peraza's absence when he is given a day off.

"I think we would move [Eugenio Suarez] over there and put [Alex Blandino] at third," Riggleman said. "It's a little bit of a coin flip, you know?"

Suarez who developed as a shortstop, has played one inning at short this season. Blandino has made nine starts at third.

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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