Selsky hit .284 for Louisville. He knows he’ll have a limited role with the Reds but hopes to help any way he can.
“I’ll just try to help them win a game,” Selsky said, “maybe late in the game with a pinch hit or as a defensive replacement in a double switch, where I can help them keep the lead or take the lead.”
Leake's return: Former Reds pitcher Mike Leake started for the Cardinals on Tuesday. It was his first career start against the Reds, who traded him to the San Francisco Giants last July.
Leake entered on a roll. He was 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts in May after going 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in five starts in April.
“I’m used to being out there at shortstop behind him,” Reds shortstop Zack Cozart said. “It’ll be fun to compete against him because I know he’s a competitor. He’s going to come after us. He’s not going to try to trick us. That’s the kind of pitcher he is. He wants you to put it in play early. I’m looking forward to it. It should be fun.”
Next game: Alfredo Simon (2-5, 8.94) will start the second game of the series at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday against the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia (4-5, 3.48).
Simon leads the big leagues in earned runs (47). He earned the victory in his last start, allowing four earned runs in seven innings against the Rockies on Thursday.