The Reds are 7/11ths of the way to their total number of players they had on the disabled list last year. They’ve had seven in the first month of the season.

Reds manager Dusty Baker is hoping for a change of luck.

“We may not have any more the next five months,” Baker said. “Sometimes, you can’t control it. You think you can. You work toward it. You stay in shape. You stay on top of things. Sometimes, it’s bad fortune. Sometimes, it’s good fortune.”

Three of nine from the Opening Day lineup are currently on the DL – pitcher Johnny Cueto, left fielder Ryan Ludwick and catcher Ryan Hanigan. Ludwick’s backup, Chris Heisey, is on the DL as well.

The Reds have started players they signed as minor league free agents (Xavier Paul and Derrick Robinson) in left field the last two nights.

“One thing for sure is you’ve got to go forward and play the games,” Baker said. “It’s easier when you’ve got your frontline guys. It’s a lot more challenging when you use your backups.”

While the offense has sputtered – 14 runs in the last seven games going into Tuesday – the pitching has kept the club afloat.

“All the starters haves done a nice job in the absence of Johnny,” pitching coach Bryan Price said. “They’re all quality pitchers. But, when your No. 1 goes down, to get that amount of consistency is impressive.”