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Cincinnati Reds Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Raburn was released by the Reds on Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Raburn was 7-for-32 with three home runs and a 5:7 BB:K (.219/.324/.500) throughout spring before being cut loose. This is somewhat surprising, as the 35-year-old was expected to give the Reds some experience on the bench, but it could have something to do with the recent hip injury Raburn experienced. Either way, he'll now try to catch on with another team.
News: The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Luetge, a non-roster invitee who spent 2016 with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City, has had a better spring than Peralta, but his minor league stats last year and his previous major league appearances aren't inspiring.
News: Stephenson gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over four-plus innings in his final spring training outing of the year Saturday against the Cubs, striking out three. The game was played in Las Vegas, a notorious hitters' park where the wind was blowing out to right field, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Stephenson finishes spring training with a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 16 innings in major league spring training games. The overall stats have to be just a small part of the decision making process for the Reds, given the small sample. But Amir Garrett and Cody Reed had better springs, and arguably Sal Romano's spring training performance could also persuade the Reds to find a spot for him. Part of their process will have to be based on whether they believe Bronson Arroyo can handle the rigors of major league competition again.
News: Raburn left Sunday's game with a left hip contusion in the fifth inning, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 35-year-old had batted .226 with three homers and seven RBI across 31 spring at-bats with the Reds as a non-roster invitee heading into Sunday's contest. It's unclear how severe the contusion is, how long it will keep him out, or if he'll open the season on the Reds' big league roster, so those interested in his status should stay tuned for updates in the next few days.
News: Cingrani could be part of the early season saves mix, with Raisel Iglesias behind schedule following his shower fall. Entering Sunday's spring training game, Cingrani has a 4.05 ERA over 6.2 innings, with six strikeouts and five walks.
Impact: The walk ratio is representative of Cingrani's struggles last season when he did work at the end of the bullpen, as he had a 49:37 K:BB over 63 innings. Sometimes opportunity trumps skills, however, so he remains in the mix for the Reds in their unsettled bullpen.
News: Arroyo (head) is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Arroyo was fortunate to avoid a concussion after he was struck in the head in a March 18 on an errant throw by catcher Devin Mesoraco, and after a week off to recover from the head injury, it looks like he's been given clearance to return to the mound. Assuming Tuesday's outing goes well, Arroyo will pitch in another minor-league outing April 2 before rejoining the Reds in Cincinnati. At that point, the team would decide whether or not to add him to the 40-man roster or go with some of their younger internal options to fill out the rotation prior to Opening Day.
News: Turner is expected to crack the Reds' Opening Day roster, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: With Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) looking like he'll need additional at-bats at extended spring training to begin the season before the Reds feel comfortable activating him for the 10-day DL, Turner, a Rule 5 pick, looks like he'll serve as the primary backup to Tucker Barnhart. Once Mesoraco is deemed ready to go, however, the Reds may be forced to part ways with the 25-year-old, who would need to be kept at the MLB level all season in order for Cincinnati to retain his rights.
News: Bailey (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: It's the first throwing session for Bailey since he required surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his elbow. The Reds have already shuttled Bailey to the 60-day DL and aren't expected to have him back until June, so the right-hander is still in the very initial stages of the recovery process.
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) is "very unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Mesoraco hasn't experienced any setbacks on the health front after requiring surgeries the last two seasons on both hips and his shoulder, but the lack of at-bats he's received in spring training haven't adequately prepared him to be available on a regular basis. It's expected that the 28-year-old will remain in extended spring training when the season begins in order to get more games under his belt, and if all goes well, Mesoraco could be activated by April. It's expected that Mesoraco will eventually displace Tucker Barnhart as the Reds' primary catcher, though the two backstops could share duties at the position in the early going.
News: Iglesias (elbow, hip) played catch Saturday and should throw off a mound soon, Zach Buchanan from the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: We have a week left before the start of the season, and while the Reds have said that Iglesias hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day, he's going to have to make significant progress to be ready. But this injury was part of a shower fall, and not due to the wear and tear of pitching, so his price shouldn't drop too much in your league.
News: Hamilton (Achilles' tendon) returned to game action on Saturday against the Cubs, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: All along the Reds were saying that Hamilton would have played if this were the regular season. It's possible that this soreness could linger, but all seems well now.
News: Jennings (hip) is batting seventh and playing center field during Sunday's spring training game against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Jennings was scratched from Thursday's game with what was being identified as "right hip flexor stiffness." The veteran outfielder said that he wasn't worried about the injury and the fact that he's suiting up Sunday confirms that it was nothing serious. He'll continue to battle for an Opening Day outfield spot.
News: The Reds could use Lorenzen occasionally as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner in addition to his relief pitcher duties, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Lorenzen has struggled on the mound this spring. In 9.1 innings he has a 6.75 ERA with 14 hits allowed, five walks and just three strikeouts. Drew Storen's velocity is down this spring and Raisel Iglesias is hurt, though perhaps not enough to make him unavailable to begin the season. Lorenzen is expected to be part of the Reds' closer mix, but his current form isn't that encouraging.