Reds Chief Operating Officer John Allen flew to Denver and met with Manager Dave Miley yesterday to discuss the direction of the struggling franchise.

Calling the team's performance this season "unacceptable," Allen said he didn't speak directly to the players, but acknowledged changes could be on the way if things don't turn around soon.

"Certainly the status quo end result is unacceptable," Allen said before yesterday's game against Colorado. "I'm not going to pinpoint names, but I don't think any of us find this acceptable. We have some very professional players in this locker room that I know are in a lot of misery right now."

The Reds got off to a great start last season, staying within four games of the division lead until late June, when a slew of injuries sent them spiraling to a 76-86 finish.

With a lineup featuring Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey and Austin Kearns, the Reds looked like they had a chance to contend in the weakened NL Central this year if a few things went their way.

That hasn't happened.

Cincinnati opened this season with three straight victories and stayed competitive in the division until a 1-10 slide spanning April and May dropped the Reds nine games out of first place.

Cincinnati has lost five straight, 14 of 17 on the road and is 15 games out of the division lead -- the furthest its been out of first this late in the season since 1971.

* C. JONES AILING: Braves 3B Chipper Jones re-injured his left foot while batting in the eighth inning in Pittsburgh and will miss at least one game and likely more.

Jones, who didn't start Saturday because of a sore right heel, was pushing off his left foot after grounding to second base but couldn't get out of the batter's box. He had to be assisted off the field by Manager Bobby Cox and a trainer.

"It buckled, I don't know how else to explain it," Jones said following the Braves' 5-2 loss to the Pirates, their seventh in 10 games. "I couldn't take another step. It was like someone shot me in the foot."

Jones was diagnosed with a bone bruise after getting hurt April 24 and didn't start the next seven games.

-- From News Services

Changes could be on the way for Manager Dave Miley and his struggling Reds, who are 21-35 and 15 games out of first place.