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Reds president Dick Williams: 'Time to get out there and perform' in playoff push

CHICAGO -- Cincinnati Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams expressed confidence in manager David Bell and his coaching staff Tuesday, but he said he would be "extremely disappointed" if the team fails to make the playoffs.

Cincinnati was one of the preseason favorites in the National League Central after it made a big splash in free agency, signing sluggers Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos during a roster overhaul.

But the remaining schedule is tough, with trips to St. Louis and Minnesota, and home series against Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox .

"I would be extremely disappointed if we don't make the playoffs," Williams said, "and I'm sure the players, staff, ownership, you know everybody had high expectations for this season.

It'll be four weeks on Friday that we've been without him," Williams said, "and if you plug that production into center field versus what we've had, you have a much different outcome, and that doesn't even count his defensive value."

Catcher Tyler Stephenson and right-hander Jose De Leon were brought up from the team's alternate site.

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