Cubs-Reds Player Notes

Inside, updates on Cubs and Reds players beneficial to this week's series.

The Cubs

Sammy Sosa
RF Sammy Sosa's average dipped to .249 heading into this week's action. He has not finished a season below .250 since 1991 with the White Sox.

Corey Patterson
CF Corey Patterson entered the final seven games of the season with 160 strikeouts -- 14 behind the team record set by Sammy Sosa in 1997.

Mark Grudzielanek
2B Mark Grudzielanek, who suffered a right hamstring injury scoring the winning run against the New York Mets on Friday night, hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday night against Cincinnati.

Mark Prior
RHP Mark Prior is 6-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 20 starts this season but is 4-0 with an 0.79 ERA in five starts when backup catcher Paul Bako has been behind the plate.

Matt Clement
RHP Matt Clement left the team to tend to personal matters at home.

The Reds

Wily Mo Pena
CF Wily Mo Pena's strained right hamstring is improving, but the club officially shut him down for the rest of the season. The Reds will make certain he is pain-free before they permit him to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

Danny Graves
RHP Danny Graves, suffering from strep throat all week, worked out in Great American Ball Park and played long toss but reported weakness and exhaustion. The club will evaluate him Friday to see if he can pitch in any of the team's final three games against the Pirates.

Paul Wilson
RHP Paul Wilson (10-6) and RHP Aaron Harang (10-9) lead the Reds in victories. Last season, RHP Chris Reitsma led with nine even though he pitched mostly out of the bullpen.

Aaron Harang
RHP Aaron Harang (10-9) and RHP Paul Wilson (10-6) lead the Reds in victories. Last season, RHP Chris Reitsma led with nine even though he pitched mostly out of the bullpen.

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