News: Cozart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Cozart has struggled offensively of late, with just two hits in his past six starts. He'll join several other Reds regulars on the bench Wednesday, as Kristopher Negron will get the start at shortstop.
Todd Frazier - #21 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Fraizer is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Fraizer has not received a day off of late, and manager Bryan Price is resting several starters on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago will get the start at third, batting second.
Brandon Phillips - #4 - Second Base - 6'0" - 201lbs
News: Phillips is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price is giving several of his regular starters the day off for the final game of their series against the Cubs. Jake Elmore will assume second base duties on Wednesday in place of Phillips.
News: Pena is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: This will be the third time in the last four games that Pena will not start, but it appears manager Bryan Price is just trying to give his regular starters some rest. Jack Hannahan will make the start at first in his place.
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Mesoraco sat Tuesday as well, so it's unclear if there's any larger issue at play here. Tucker Barnhart will fill in as the starter behind the plate for the Reds Wednesday.
News: Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Bruce will get his second day off in three games, as Donald Lutz will get the chance to start in right field. With the Reds out of contention and facing the final game of their series against the Cubs, manager Bryan Price is electing to give most of the regulars a day off.
News: Hamilton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Hamilton has started the past six games, and will join several other Reds starters in getting a day off Wednesday. Yorman Rodriguez will start in his place in center.
News: Cueto had perhaps his worst start of the season Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on six hits and a season-high five walks with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings against the Cubs.
Impact: The six earned runs tied a season high, so Cueto's owners would be correct in being astonished by the Reds' ace's performance Tuesday. He pitches again next Tuesday against Milwaukee and then is scheduled to pitch the Reds' final game of the season against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon was brilliant Monday.
Impact: Simon pitched seven scoreless innings and faces the Cards over the weekend.
News: Latos (elbow) played catch for the first time Tuesday since being scratched from his last start and reported feeling no pain, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.
Impact: He may be able to pitch in the near future after being scratched from last Friday's start with a bone bruise on his elbow. There's no official word on a timetable for Latos to return to the mound, but theoretically Wednesday and Friday could be possibilities if he's over the ailment, so stay tuned.
News: Votto (quad) is expected to take batting practice Tuesday night.
Impact: Votto will move on to live batting practice after taking underhand flips in the cage Sunday. He's already been working in the field, so it appears he's on his way to making a return before the end of the season, barring a setback.
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Mesoraco will get a day off after making three straight starts behind the plate. Brayan Pena will serve as the Reds' catcher Tuesday night.
News: Cozart is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.
Impact: There's no denying Cozart's defensive ability, but there will always be some clamoring for the Reds to improve at the shortstop position because of his significant offensive limitations (.570 OPS). Jake Elmore will get the start at short Monday.
News: Ludwick is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.
Impact: It will be his third day off in the last five games, as Jason Bourgeois gets a rare start in left field. Ludwick isn't very appealing in fantasy even when he's playing every day, so the fact that the team is sitting him with some regularity down the stretch only further detracts from his value.
News: Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.
Impact: With the Reds out of playoff contention, they will take a look at Yorman Rodriguez, who was called up on September 1, but has yet to start a game. Bruce has been a major disappointment in fantasy this year, but he'll be a major bounce back candidate in 2015, as his age (27) and track record of four straight 25-plus homer campaigns prior to this season should outweigh any lingering questions about his struggles in 2014.
News: Villarreal took the loss Monday, allowing an Anthony Rizzo homer in the ninth inning.
Impact: It was the first home run allowed by Villarreal this season. Villarreal has been up and down this season for the Reds, allowing five runs in 10.1 innings. The righty should bounce back the next time his number is called out of the bullpen.
News: Simon pitched well in a no-decision Monday, going seven shutout innings against the Cubs.
Impact: Simon allowed just five hits in the outing, but the offense was nowhere to be found for the Reds. The veteran righty has allowed just two runs in his last 14 innings after allowing six runs in four innings in his first start of the month. Simon next takes the mound this weekend against the Cardinals.
News: Votto (quadriceps) was slated to take underhand flips in the indoor batting cage prior to Sunday's game, the Reds' official site reports.
Impact: That's the last step to take before live batting practice, and he's already been fielding grounders at first base. "It's day-to-day, station-to-station," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Everything he's been doing has been increased effort from when he takes ground balls, moving laterally side-to-side, the running -- it's just a progression."
Yorman Rodriguez - #33 - Right Field - 6'3" - 197lbs
News: Rodriguez had a pinch-hit single Sunday for his first major league hit.
Impact: Since getting called up on September 1, Rodriguez had seen action in just one other game. Now that the Reds are one game from elimination in the NL Central, perhaps they'll spend more time looking at Rodriguez, who has just one more option year remaining.
Logan Ondrusek - #66 - Pitcher - 6'8" - 231lbs
News: Ondrusek was pounded for five runs on five hits, including one homer, while retiring just two batters in the Reds' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.
Impact: Since returning from the DL in August, Ondrusek has allowed 10 runs over 9.2 innings. His performance has been emblematic of the Reds' struggles in middle relief this season.
News: Leake allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers and afterward suggested he had a dead arm in the start. "I was trying to find the zone and trying to hit spots, but it was not easy today," Leake said. "I had a little dead arm today. I didn't have the full ability to give full effort today. Dead arm can get you. It's one of those things that's hard to explain, but everybody understands what it is."
Impact: Leake has pitched a personal high 202.1 innings so far this season, with pretty good results (3.65 ERA, 1.255 WHIP). But it might be smart of the Reds to shut him down over the last couple of weeks.
Todd Frazier - #21 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier went 3 for 4 with a double in Saturday's 5-1 win at Milwaukee.
Impact: Frazier had been hitting .218 over his previous 14 contests.
Sep 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Impact: Pena started five of the last six games for the Reds, but manager Bryan Price decided it was time for a day off. Todd Frazier will man first base for the Reds on Sunday.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Villarreal (forearm) tossed a perfect eighth inning in Friday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: The right-hander was hit in the forearm by a comebacker earlier this week, but he showed no ill effects Friday, retiring the side in order on just seven pitches. Villarreal spent most of the year at Triple-A Louisville, posting a strong 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 50:13 K:BB over 56.1 innings, but it looks like Sam LeCure will be tasked with primary setup duties with Jonathan Broxton now in Milwaukee.
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mesoraco will get his day off Friday rather than Thursday, as Brayan Pena was scratched with an illness. Pena will start for him behind the plate and bat seventh for the Reds.
Skip Schumaker - #25 - Left Field - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Schumaker underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A timetable for Schumaker's recovery was not immediately provided by the team, but the hope is likely that he can get back to full health by spring training. Schumaker's first season in Cincinnati was largely a disappointment, as he hit just .235/.287/.308 with two homers and 22 RBI in 83 games, and the 34-year-old will be little more than a utility player again next season.
News: Corcino will start Friday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Corcino will get a spot start Friday for Mat Latos, who is dealing with a bone bruise in his right elbow. The start will be his first in the majors, with his first two outings coming out of the bullpen. He spent most of the year at Double-A, where he posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 143.2 innings. The 23-year-old will look for some similar success in his first major league start Friday against the Brewers.
News: Pena (illness) is back in the lineup Friday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Pena will rejoin the lineup behind the plate Friday after being scratched Thursday due to an illness. He will now give Devin Mesoraco the day off that had been scheduled Thursday.
News: Latos has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Brewers due to a bone bruise in his right elbow, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Latos' scratch opens the door for Daniel Corcino to make his first career start opposite Kyle Lohse. It's uncertain whether Latos is in danger of missing multiple starts, but the Reds have nothing left to play for so they figure to take a cautious approach to his recovery.
David Holmberg - #36 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 225lbs
News: Holmberg will start Saturday against the Brewers, filling in for the injured Dylan Axelrod.
Impact: Holmberg turned in a solid performance Monday in relief of Axelrod, coming in to throw 5.2 scoreless innings after getting pressed into service. It was his first good outing with the Reds this year, and his matchup Saturday with the Brewers isn't a favorable one, given all their right-handed hitters.
News: Latos said that his current elbow injury is unrelated to the one that he suffered last October and had to miss the beginning of the 2014 season for.
Impact: Latos also said that there was no specific play that caused the injury. "This is something I've probably thrown with the past three starts," Latos said. "I couldn't get a lot of extension. It just progressively got worse. The game before last, instead of throwing a bullpen, I threw on flat ground. Then the following bullpen session the other day, I tried to throw another [one on] flat ground and just couldn't. I threw maybe about 15 throws and it just really started bugging me."
Jumbo Diaz - #70 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 278lbs
News: Diaz got the loss Friday night against the Brewers, allowing a run in a tie game in the ninth inning while retiring just one batter. He allowed two hits and two walks.
Impact: While one of the walks was intentional, Diaz's control abandoned him even accounting for the free pass, with just four of his 14 pitches going for strikes.
News: Corcino allowed two runs over six innings Friday night against the Brewers in his first major league start. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out four. If Mat Latos can't make his next start, Corcino will get another start, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: All in all this was a pretty solid debut start. "We didn't know what to expect," Reds manager Bryan Price said about Corcino. "He impressed me a great deal. No. 1, he threw the ball over the plate consistently. And No. 2, he competed extremely well. He was able to throw his breaking ball and changeup for strikes behind in the count. He's a little bit more polished than I anticipated seeing and he handled that situation very, very well."
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Corcino will start Friday night in place of Mat Latos, who is 5-5.
Impact: Corcino is a September call-up who has no record and a 10.13 ERA in two appearances. This will be his first major league start.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Latos from his scheduled start at Milwaukee due to a bone bruise in his right elbow.
Impact: Daniel Corcino will start Friday night in place of Latos, who is 5-5. Latos spent the first two-plus months of the season on the disabled list with right elbow and left knee injuries.
News: Latos (elbow) is hoping to make his next start, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Take Latos' optimism with a grain of salt, as the Reds haven't established a timetable for his return and given the fact that his injury is throwing-related, there's no guarantee they'll allow him to pitch again this season. Latos was scratched from his scheduled start Friday due to a bone bruise in his right elbow and will be replaced by right-hander Daniel Corcino.
News: Cueto (18-8) delivered yet another dominant outing Thursday against the Cardinals, striking out seven and allowing just three hits and a walk over eight shutout innings.
Impact: Cueto ended up on the winning end of a pitchers' duel with Lance Lynn, who went the distance for the Cards. Even with the presence of Clayton Kershaw, Cueto should be in serious consideration for the Cy Young Award; although Kershaw's rate stats are (amazingly) significantly better than Cueto's spectacular 2.15 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, Cueto has pitched an MLB-leading 222 innings (45 more than Kershaw). He'll look to keep making his case Tuesday against the Cubs.
News: Pena was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to illness, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The illness will prevent Pena from handling his normal duties as Johnny Cueto's personal catcher, but he's likely no worse than day-to-day. Devin Mesoraco will step in behind the plate and bat cleanup in his absence.
News: Mesoraco has been added to Thursday's lineup, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Mesoraco was left out of manager Bryan Price initial lineup, but with Brayan Pena under the weather, he'll step in behind the plate and bat cleanup against right-hander Lance Lynn.
News: Votto (quadriceps) will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: For the first time since landing back on the DL on July 8, Votto will head out on the road with the Reds, though it's uncertain whether a return during the nine-game trip is realistic. Votto has taken gradual steps in his recovery in recent weeks, fielding ground balls and hitting off a tee, but his biggest challenge, namely running the bases, still awaits. While he said last week that he's still hopeful he can make it back this season, Reds management will of course have the final say.
News: Villareal is day-to-day after being hit in the forearm by a comebacker Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Presumably, Villareal will be able to return at some point during the Reds' weekend series, but he hasn't appeared in a game since Monday as a result of the ailment.
Aroldis Chapman - #54 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: Chapman struck out a pair during a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday en route to his 32nd save of the season.
Impact: Wednesday's outing was his eight consecutive scoreless appearance. In a season that began with a very scary line drive to the head in spring training, Chapman has picked up right where he left off in 2013 and will likely push Craig Kimbrel for top closer honors in 2015.
News: Simon struck out five and walked three while giving up two runs on five hits over seven innings to earn his 14th win of the season against the Cards on Wednesday.
Impact: While Simon has struggled in recent weeks, the Reds are still believed to be considering him for a rotation spot again in 2015. The start against the Cards -- a club pursuing another NL Central crown -- was impressive Wednesday, and he'll take his next two turns on the road against the Cubs on Monday before another matchup with St. Louis on Sept. 21.
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Johnny Cueto has been caught exclusively by Brayan Pena pretty much all season, so this is nothing out of the ordinary. Look for Mesoraco, who is batting .360 with three homers and eight RBI so far in September, to continue sitting every fifth day.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs in Tuesday's win over St. Louis.
Impact: He's homered three times in five games with eight RBIs.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Chris Heisey will start in center field in Hamilton's place. It's likely just a regular day off for Hamilton, though he's been struggling in the past week. He's produced just two hits and no stolen bases in his past seven games, striking out eight times.
News: Axelrod is likely done for the season, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: This should come as no surprise after he left his last start with a strained right oblique, which often take a few weeks or more for pitchers to return from. Those in single-season leagues can feel comfortable dropping Axelrod at this point.
News: Leake gave up three earned runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Cardinals, picking up his 11th win of the season.
Impact: This was coming off Leake's worst outing of the season, where he gave up seven runs and three homers during a 9-7 loss in Baltimore, so it was nice to see him rebound against a division rival. He'll look to be quality again in his next start Sunday against the Brewers, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games.
News: Bruce is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Impact: The Reds have not offered an explanation for Bruce's absence, so it appears to simply be a day off for the outfielder. The Reds will go with Chris Heisey in right field versus Cards' starter Michael Wacha.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Axelrod strained his right oblique and came out of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals after only seven pitches on Monday night.
Impact: The right-hander was making his fourth start for Cincinnati, which got him from the Chicago White Sox for cash on July 16. He went 1-2 in his first three starts for the Reds. Left-hander David Holmberg replaced Axelrod with a 2-2 count on Jon Jay and struck him out.
News: Axelrod left Monday's start against the Cardinals with a strained right oblique, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Axelrod hasn't officially been ruled out from making his next scheduled start Saturday against the Brewers, but because oblique injuries often result in medium- to long-term absences for pitchers, his chances of taking the ball don't look especially promising. He was replaced in the first inning of Monday's start by David Holmberg, who would seem to be the Reds' top option to step into the rotation for Axelrod if he's indeed unavailable for his next turn.
News: Axelrod was pulled from Monday's start against the Cardinals in the first inning due to an undisclosed injury, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Axelrod lasted just seven pitches and recorded one out before he left the mound. A report on Axelrod's condition should be relayed after the game, but his early removal is an ominous sign for what was shaping up to be a two-start week. Fortunately for the Reds, the September roster expansion should leave the team will plenty of arms available out of the bullpen to cover the remaining 8.2 innings of Monday's game.
Skip Schumaker - #25 - Left Field - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Schumaker went 2-for-5 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
Impact: Schumaker's playing time should start to taper off in September with interleague play over for the Reds and the team clearly out of the hunt. He's hitting .236/.288/.309 for the year, but is signed through the 2015 season.
Jack Hannahan - #9 - First Base - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hannahan got a rare start Sunday at first base and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He also dropped a pop-up, which led to an unearned run.
Impact: Hannahan has just 37 at-bats this year since returning from the DL in late July, and is hitting .189/.211/.270 in those at-bats. He'll be a free agent at the end of the season and is unlikely to return to the Reds.
News: Reds manager Bryan Price envisions Simon starting again in 2015 despite the right-hander's second-half struggles. "I don't think there's any reason not to see [Simon] as a starter," Price said. "I know the second half hasn't been nearly as good. We really went into this as a guy that he was going to be a stop-gap this year until [Mat] Latos got back. ... Now [Simon] has 13 wins, he's an All-Star, he's shown some durability. ... So I would think that going into '15, you'll be seeing him as a starter."
Impact: The Reds are going to have to make some hard decisions following the 2015 season about their rotation, with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Mike Leake all able to walk after the season. It's possible that one of those three could get traded this offseason, which would ensure a spot for Simon.
News: Latos gave up three runs, all unearned after a Billy Hamilton error, on seven hits and a walk over six innings Sunday against the Mets. He struck out five.
Impact: That all three runs were unearned is a bit misleading, however, as the final two runs came on a two-run homer by Anthony Recker. The homer was just the ninth allowed all season by Latos in 102.1 innings.
Sun. Sep 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto tied for the major league lead with his 17th win Saturday. He allowed one run with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Impact: He's 9-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) remains hopeful he can return to the Reds this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Votto has been taking gradual steps in his rehab of late, as he's recently fielded ground balls and hit off a tee. The first baseman has been on the disabled list since July 8 and has been limited to just 62 games due to complications resulting from a strained quad. With the Reds likely out of the playoff chase, there's seemingly little incentive to rush his return, but Votto continues to move forward with the mindset that he'll see some reps yet this year. Time is starting to run out, however, so he'll need to take a few major steps forward if he wants to achieve this goal. Even if healthy, there remains a good chance the Reds will end up shutting him down anyway.
Sep 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Negron supplied a single and a stolen base in Saturday's contest, but he'll still sit out for the third time in four games while Todd Frazier moves back over to third base. Frazier should continue to play regularly at first base as long as Joey Votto remains sidelined, but the Reds will likely rotate several players in at third base the rest of the way, limiting Negron's chances of making a fantasy impact.
News: Cueto struck out eight and walked two while giving up one run on six hits over seven innings Saturday to pick up his 17th win of the season.
Impact: In a season where plenty has gone wrong for the Reds, Cueto's return as the team's ace has been a bright spot. He'll look for win No. 18 in his next start Thursday against the Cardinals.
News: Cozart (wrist) went 0-for-3 in his return to the starting lineup Saturday.
Impact: The dismal season continues for the Reds' shortstop, but Cozart's glove will continue to make him a steady presence in the Cincinnati lineup, despite a .226/.273/.302 line.
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Impact: Brayan Pena will step in to catch starter Johnny Cueto, as per usual, affording Mesoraco a day to rest his legs after four straight starts. Mesoraco endured a rough stretch in mid-to-late August, but he's heating back up, with 11 hits, including two homers, in his last eight games (25 at-bats).
News: Cozart (wrist) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Impact: Cozart will step back in against right-hander Dillon Gee for his first start since Aug. 30, after battling wrist soreness throughout the week. While Cozart is sitting with just .578 OPS for the season, the lowest among all qualified hitters, he still has a 2.6 WAR thanks to his outstanding defense, so he should continue to see near-everyday time for Cincinnati.
News: Bailey's flexor mass tendon surgery was successful Friday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: There's no official timetable as to when he'll be able to begin throwing during the offseason. His recovery could stretch into spring training and possibly into the 2015 regular season.
News: Simon labored through four innings in Friday's loss to the Mets, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five.
Impact: After performing at an All-Star level during the season's first four months, Simon has taken a step back since the beginning of August. Over his last seven outings, the 33-year-old hurler has posted a 5.87 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 38.1 innings. Simon will be back at it Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco went 4 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in Thursday's loss at Baltimore.
Impact: His numbers took quite the dive during a 1-for-31 stretch from Aug. 13-24, but he's 10 for 21 in his last seven games.
News: Negron is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Impact: Todd Frazier will move over to third base with Brayan Pena playing first base. Negron has started three of the last six games, but has gone hitless over his last 13 at-bats.
News: Cozart (wrist) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Impact: This was the first day Cozart would be able to return, as he did not travel with the team on the last road trip, but it seems he still needs at least another day to recover from his wrist injury. Ramon Santiago will get the start at shortstop and Cozart should continue to be considered day-to-day.
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Impact: At this point, Ludwick is starting less than half the Reds' games (two of the last seven), and should be considered a part-time player by fantasy owners. Jason Bourgeois will start in left field Friday.
News: Negron is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: With Negron posting an 0-for-13 showing over his last four games, manager Bryan Price will look for more offense from the third base spot Thursday. Jack Hannahan will enter the lineup in his place.
News: Pena is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Pena on the bench for a second straight day and Devin Mesoraco serving as the DH, Tucker Barnhart will be tasked with catching duties in the finale against Baltimore. Pena is just 3-for-31 in his last 10 games, but he should continue to see starts semi-regular time between first base and catcher, and he has another year remaining on his contract.
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Thursday's absence will mark Ludwick's sixth in the team's last eight games. With the 36-year-old's contract set to expire after the season and the Reds all but out of it, the team will likely opt to continue evaluating younger talents in left field over the final few weeks. Donald Lutz gets the nod Thursday.
News: Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price has decided to leave Bruce on the bench for the finale against Baltimore, even with a right-hander on the hill and the DH option available to him. It speaks volumes to the season Bruce has had -- he admitted recently that it has been a "miserable" campaign -- and it wouldn't be a surprise if Bruce sat more frequently over the final weeks, with the team turning its attention to 2015.
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hamilton was involved in a collision with first base umpire Mike DiMuro on Tuesday, but he stayed in the game and his absence Thursday does not appear to be related. Rather, it seems manager Bryan Price has just decided Hamilton could use a breather following 21 consecutive starts. Jason Bourgeois will take over in center field and atop the order.
News: Mesoraco went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in Thursday's loss at Baltimore.
Impact: Mesoraco has cooled off quite a bit since the All-Star break, but he's still got 21 homers and 69 RBI on the season.
News: Leake was torched for seven runs and seven hits in just four innings at Baltimore on Thursday.
Impact: Leake got off to a horrible start, surrendering six runs in the first inning, with most of the damage coming on a couple of home runs. He settled down a little after the initial frame, but was pulled at a pitch count of 78. Fortunately he was spared the loss when Cincinnati rallied from a six-run deficit to the tie game. He had been on a roll before Thursday's dud, not allowing a run over his previous 13.2 innings. The 26-year-old righty will make two starts next week, facing St. Louis at home and then Milwaukee on the road.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey will undergo elbow surgery Friday to repair a torn flexor tendon. Bailey was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier this week, ending his 2014 season. He has been on the DL since Aug. 16.
Impact: Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA over 23 starts. Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard says surgery was deemed necessary after a rehabilitation program failed to help.
News: Bailey will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his right forearm.
Impact: After a recent MRI revealed little-to-no improvement with Bailey's injury, the Reds began kicking around the idea of sending the right-hander for surgery. It has been determined that surgery is indeed the best route, meaning Bailey's disappointing 2014 campaign is officially over. Although an exact timetable for his recovery has not been established, this could jeopardize Bailey's availability for the start of next season, but it makes sense from the Reds' perspective, as the 28-year-old still has five more years remaining on his contract.
Brandon Phillips - #4 - Second Base - 6'0" - 201lbs
News: Phillips is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles, C. Trent Rosecrans of Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: With the Reds wrapping up their three-game series with the Orioles on Thursday, manager Bryan Price will give several regulars a day out of the lineup. Phillips could probably use the time off, having gone 0-for-15 over his past five starts.
News: Axelrod allowed four runs on five hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Impact: The open audition continues for the 29-year-old, who struck out four and did not walk a batter during Wednesday's start. With a two-start week on tap, owners scrambling for extra strikeouts and wins may stream Axelrod with a Monday start against St. Louis before a September 14 turn in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
News: Cozart has a sore right wrist and will not be available to play until Friday at the earliest, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: He will miss his third straight game Wednesday after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child on Tuesday, and while the plan was for Cozart to get back in the lineup Thursday, that won't be possible because of this wrist injury. He is remaining in Cincinnati and will rejoin the team when they return home from Baltimore.
Ramon Santiago - #7 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 175lbs
News: Santiago is starting at shortstop for the third straight day Wednesday.
Impact: While Santiago hasn't been great this season, batting .252/.352/.318, Zack Cozart has been worse. The 34-year-old could see a good portion of playing time in September, but expect Cozart and possibly Jake Elmore to receive some starts as well.
News: Hamilton stole his 55th base of the season Tuesday night against the Orioles, but also helped end the game with a baserunning gaffe by getting tagged out early on a double play ball.
Impact: On one hand, Hamilton's .269 batting average and .382 slugging percentage are higher than expected. On the other hand, despite the higher averages and his stolen bases, he has only scored 71 runs out of the leadoff spot. Some of that is due to the Reds' paltry lineup, but some of that is also due to him getting caught 21 times and having walked just 27 times against 98 strikeouts.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos got rocked by the Orioles on Tuesday, giving up five runs on 10 hits and one walk with two strikeouts in five innings.
Impact: The game was delayed by two and a half hours, so that may have factored in to Latos' lack of effectiveness, but then again, Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings for the O's, so maybe not. He has now posted just one quality start over his last four, surrendering 8.5 hits per game over that stretch. He'll look to get back on track against a much more manageable Mets offense on Sunday.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds are considering surgery to repair the flexor mass tendon in Bailey's forearm. "It's being discussed," manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "With that particular injury, it's one of the options. It's not the only option. As we move forward, we'll consider it as something that would certainly rectify the problem."
Impact: Bailey's injury is the third such injury for the Reds in the last two years - Jonathan Broxton had surgery for it last August, and Mat Latos returned without surgery earlier this season.
Chris Heisey - #28 - Left Field - 6'1" - 210lbs
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Heisey homered twice in Sunday's win in Pittsburgh.
Impact: He's homered three times in eight at-bats after managing four in his first 225 at-bats.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Cozart went 3 for 4 with a double in Thursday's 7-2 win over Chicago.
Impact: Cozart is 8 for 15 with four RBIs over his last four games.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton continued to do damage on Cubs pitching by going 2 for 2 with two RBIs in Thursday's 7-2 win.
Impact: Hamilton is batting .371 with 12 RBIs and nine stolen bases against Chicago this season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds have recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod to start against the Cubs on Thursday.
Impact: Axelrod was obtained from the Chicago White Sox for cash on July 16. He started Aug. 17 against the Rockies and was optioned back to Triple-A Louisville the next day. Axelrod left the game with a lead but a blown save gave him a no-decision.