CINCINNATI -- Brian Jordan glanced at the lineup Monday afternoon and seeing he'd been left out, headed for manager Bobby Cox's office and told him he could play.
The lineup was changed and he started for the first time since last Wednesday against the Reds.
"Now it's just a matter of dealing with it mentally," said Jordan, whose sore right hand has hampered him for more than a month. "It's going to be painful, I've just got to try not to get frustrated."
Jordan told Cox he could play, but that he would ask for occasional days off to rest his hand. Doctors have assured him that he can't cause any more damage to his hand by playing, so he knows he's just going to have to deal with the pain.
"I've just got to let (the bat) go and get my hand fixed at the end of the year," he said. "I'm anxious. I hate watching. I'd rather be out there in pain. It gets frustrating because I know I'm much better than I am right now." ...
Greg Maddux returns to the mound tonight for the first time since suffering a chipped bone in his right wrist during a game against the Padres on Aug. 21. He swung a bat Monday and indicated the injury wasn't bothering him at all.
"(Doctors) said it probably won't hurt until I'm done (pitching)," he said. "When I first did it I couldn't start my car or open the refrigerator door. It scared me, but it only lasted a day or two."
Maddux hasn't faced the Reds this season. Last year he went 2-0 with an 0.60 ERA against them and has a 14-11 career record and 3.20 ERA in 34 games. ...
Bret Boone admitted his first visit to Cincinnati since his trade last November left him with mixed feelings.
"It's a little weird for me," he said. "You spend a certain amount of time here and coming back is a little different. Coming out of the other dugout will be a little strange."
The Cincinnati Post welcomed Boone back by asking readers whom they prefer at second base, Boone or Pokey Reese? The overwhelming majority of 115 respondents (74 percent) picked Reese, though Boone has more homers (16 to 8) and more RBI (51 to 43).
Boone, who won his first Gold Glove last year, has seven errors to Reese's five. The poll left him wondering how fans would greet him on his return.
"I don't know what to expect," he said. ...
Kevin McGlinchy had been a forgotten man in the bullpen until he was called into the 11th inning Sunday night, his first appearance in 10 days. He was understandably wild, but escaped a jam in the 11th, then worked a perfect 12th to pick up the win. The difference? He started throwing his split-finger fastball, which he uses as a changeup, for strikes.
"I kind of lost touch with it a little bit there," he said. "It's nice to have another pitch to throw in tight situations. It's getting better and better. I just wasn't throwing it enough. If you don't use it, you lose it. Hopefully I can hide it a little bit and use it when I need it." ...
Having won his fight against lymphoma, Andres Galarraga plans to rejoin the team when it returns to Atlanta Friday and remain for the remainder of the season and postseason. However, he won't play. He won't even be allowed to pick up a bat.
"The doctor told him to tell us that if we see him with a bat in his hand, take it away from him," Eddie Perez said.
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