Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a single in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Cozart's overall numbers with his latest slump have fell to .223/.273/.289, with just two homers and three stolen bases. At least the Reds don't bat him second in the lineup any longer.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is not in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Hamilton snapped a career-worst 0-for-15 slump at the plate with a double Tuesday night, but his ongoing offensive struggles prompted manager Bryan Price to give him a mental day off. He'll be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement, as Chris Heisey starts the game in center field.
News: Leake (8-9) was solid in victory Tuesday, tossing 7.2 innings of five-hit, shutout ball while fanning eight against Arizona. He did not issue a walk.
Impact: That's the second straight start Leake hasn't issued a free pass, as he's now gone nearly 15 innings walk-free. He's also lasted at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts, a span in which he's piled up 48 strikeouts and earned a record of 4-3. He'll look to crack the .500 mark in search of win No. 9 in his next start Sunday at Miami.
News: Bruce (personal) is expected to rejoin the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bruce will spend a couple days away from the team following the passing of his grandfather. It sounds like he'll rejoin the club in Miami, at which point reliever Curtis Partch will likely head back down to Triple-A.
News: Bruce went on the bereavement list Tuesday before the second game of a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Impact: Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami.
News: Mesoraco went 2 for 5 with a homer against Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Mesoraco's 17 homers are tied with Evan Gattis for the most among catchers.
News: Bailey was terrific but went without a decision against Arizona on Monday.
Impact: Bailey allowed one run and five hits over eight innings. He is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over a five-start stretch.
Manny Parra - #43 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Parra is available Tuesday for the Reds against the Diamondbacks, despite dealing with a back injury, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Although Parra isn't a candidate for any save chances for the Reds, he hasn't allowed a run in his past 18 appearances, although his last appearance was on July 20. In 3.1 innings of work in July, Parra has five strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA, but he rarely gets even a full inning of work.
News: Partch was recalled by the Reds on Tuesday.
Impact: With Jay Bruce placed on the bereavement list, the Reds will use the temporary extra roster spot to add another arm in their bullpen.
News: Bruce was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday.
Impact: The Reds did not immediately provide an estimated return date for their right fielder, but Bruce's absence figures to open up additional playing time for Chris Heisey in the coming days. Curtis Partch was recalled to take Bruce's place on the active roster.
J.J. Hoover - #60 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Hoover's recent struggles continued Monday, allowing the game-winning run in the 15th inning against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Hoover has been a liability in the bullpen much of July, allowing runs in five of his last six appearances. The righty has registered a disappointing 5.32 ERA thus far in 2014 after posting a 2.86 mark a season ago.
News: Mesoraco was the only Red with success offensively Monday, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run.
Impact: For Mesoraco, the second-inning bomb was his first home run since July 1. The All-Star backstop has cooled off some this month, but still carries a .295 average with 17 home runs and 49 RBI.
News: Bailey was strong in a no-decision Monday, holding the Diamondbacks to one run in eight innings.
Impact: Bailey been very solid for Cincinnati over the last month, allowing no more than three earned runs in any of his last five starts. He'll try to keep the recent hot streak going this weekend against the Marlins.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco went 2 for 4 with two RBIs Sunday.
Impact: Mesoraco is hitting .293 with a .940 OPS so he knows what he is doing up at the plate - but maybe not behind it since he is 47th among catchers in terms of throwing out runners trying to steal.
News: Schumaker is out of the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Schumaker has started five straight contests since his Tuesday activation, but will take a seat for a routine day of rest Monday night. The 34-year-old utility man is 6-for-25 at the dish since the All-Star break, and should continue to see consistent starts at second base while the Reds await the return of Brandon Phillips (thumb). Kristopher Negron will take over second base duties, and bat seventh in the order against opposing starter Chase Anderson.
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup for the third straight game Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: There hasn't been word of any injury here, so it appears Ludwick's absence is performance-related. He's gotten off to a relatively slow July, batting just .244 with four extra-base hits on the month. His likely replacement, Chris Heisey, hasn't been much more promising, but will have now started two of the last three games for the Reds.
News: Mesoraco hit a two-run double in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to the Nats, short-hopping the wall in left-center.
Impact: The three-game series between the Reds and Nats was remarkable in that neither team hit a homer for the entire series - Mesoraco's double was as close as it got for the weekend. The Reds' offense is hurting right now, both due to injury (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips) and their best hitters slumping (Mesoraco before the double, Jay Bruce and even Todd Frazier) since the break.
News: Latos allowed three runs over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Nats. He gave up three hits, four walks and hit a batter while striking out six.
Impact: Unfortunately for Latos, his wildness was clustered in the Nats' three-run fifth inning, after which he briefly barked at the home plate umpire. It's a frustrating time for Latos (who has had run support problems since his delayed return from the DL) and the Reds, who were shut out until the ninth inning and scored just four runs in the three-game series against the Nats.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto earned his 11th victory of the season in Saturday's 1-0 win over Washington, yielding four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts.
Impact: Cueto is 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA over his last nine starts, striking out 60 in 59 2-3 innings.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds optioned Partch to Triple-A Louisville prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Impact: Partch is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average in five games over four stints with Cincinnati this season.
News: Pena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals.
Impact: Pena has made four straight starts between catcher and first base for manager Brian Price, but will receive the day off Sunday afternoon. The regular catcher, Devin Mesoraco, will take over behind the plate, while Jack Hannahan makes his first start of 2014 at first base.
News: Cozart is out of Sunday's lineup for the series finale against the Nationals, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Cozart will take a seat in favor of Ramon Santiago, who will bat eighth for the Reds. His hand hit by a pitch Tuesday, but he returned to the lineup Friday and also played Saturday, so Sunday's absence doesn't appear to be related to the HBP.
Jonathan Broxton - #51 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 295lbs
News: Broxton was pulled in the eighth inning Saturday after putting two runners on and getting two outs. Aroldis Chapman came in for the four-out save.
Impact: Broxton lost his command after getting the first two outs, plus there was a lefty-lefty matchup for Chapman against Adam LaRoche.
News: Ludwick is out of Sunday's lineup against the Nationals, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Ludwick will miss his second straight game Sunday in favor of Donald Lutz in left field. The 36-year-old has been in and out of the lineup throughout July, with Lutz and Chris Heisey also making starts at the position.
News: Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Impact: Partch was called up Tuesday to replace the injured Logan Ondrusek in the bullpen, but has been sent back down to make room for newly-activated Jack Hannahan on the roster. Partch pitched a scoreless frame for the Reds in his brief stint with the big-league club and has yet to allow a run at the major league level this season over 6.1 innings. Regardless, he will rejoin Louisville for now and await his next opportunity.
Jack Hannahan - #9 - Third Base - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hannahan (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Sunday.
Impact: Hannahan isn't yet ready to play third base, but was activated to help out the Reds at first base in the absence of Joey Votto. The 34-year-old hasn't played a game this season after undergoing offseason surgery on his shoulder and the rehab has taken much longer than anticipated. Hannahan will take the place of Curtis Partch on the active roster and is in the lineup at first base Sunday.
News: Cueto (11-6) was brilliant Saturday, allowing just four hits while walking three and striking out nine over seven scoreless innings.
Impact: The Reds' ace stepped up in a big way to help end the team's seven-game skid. Cueto was locked in with Gio Gonzalez all day in a classic pitcher's duel, but Cueto came out the victor thanks to Brayan Pena's RBI single in the fifth inning. His ERA now sits at 2.08, third best in the National League, and he's only one behind the N.L. leaders in wins. He'll travel on the road to take on the Marlins in his next scheduled start.
News: Chapman picked up his 22nd save Saturday, walking one and striking out two over 1.1 innings of work.
Impact: Chapman was summoned with two outs in the eighth inning and two men on to preserve the 1-0 lead. He'd get Adam LaRoche to ground out to end the threat, and then wrapped up the ninth by striking out two, hitting 100 mph or higher on 11 of the 16 pitches. The All-Star closer has recorded a strikeout in each of his last 43 appearances, the longest such streak by a reliever since 1900, and is now 22-for-24 in save situations this season.
Tony Cingrani - #52 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Cingrani (shoulder) has not been cleared to resume throwing, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Placed on the DL at Triple-A Louisville shortly after his demotion last month, Cingrani remains limited to strengthening exercises due to lingering soreness. Manager Bryan Price said Cingrani is dealing with a shoulder impingement and did not offer up a timetable for his return to action.
News: Ludwick is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: Ludwick's playing time continues to be sporadic -- Saturday's absence will mark his fourth in the team's last nine games -- and he's failed to capitalize on his opportunities this month, with just a .699 OPS though 13 games. Chris Heisey will man left field and bat fifth against lefty Gio Gonzalez on Saturday.
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: This is nothing out of the ordinary, as Brayan Pena typically catches starter Johnny Cueto. Mesoraco is batting just .228/.313/.404 this month, but his overall numbers still rank him among the top fantasy options at the position.
Jack Hannahan - #9 - Third Base - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hannahan's 20-day rehab assignment for his shoulder injury ends on Sunday. Though he isn't yet ready to play third base, the Reds may still activate him in order to help at first while Joey Votto is out.
Impact: Hannahan hasn't had many chances to throw when he's played first base during his rehab assignment, though he's spent more time at DH. "He's not ready to play third base yet. His throwing hasn't evolved to the point where he can play third base," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday. "But he's been swinging the bat better down there. He's playing without pain when he hits. He's able to go out and defend at first base. We'll see him here soon and kind of be able to have a better look at him when we see him ourselves."
News: Hamilton scored the Reds' lone run and stole a base in Friday's loss to the Nats.
Impact: Hamilton has hit for better average and power than most expected, though his stolen base count, now at 41, remains a little behind what we would have expected for the amount of playing time and chances on base. Nonetheless, the overall output will place him in a higher draft tier next year than he was at the start of 2014.
News: Simon was charged with three runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three while lasting just 4.1 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday night.
Impact: Simon (12-5, 2.86 ERA) had a string of eight consecutive quality starts snapped last time out, and he wasn't particularly sharp in this one, needing 89 pitches (59 for strikes) to record just 13 outs. His strand rate and rather pedestrian strikeout rate suggest some regression may be expected so his next start, at home against Arizona, may help define expectations for his fantasy owners going forward.
News: Cozart (hand) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Impact: An errant Jimmy Nelson pitch plunked Cozart on his right hand Tuesday, but X-rays were negative and the 28-year-old will slot back into the lineup Friday against right-hander Tanner Roark. Cozart is batting just .220/.292/.254 so far in July, and he hasn't posted an OPS above .628 in any month this season.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Leake lost his second straight start in Wednesday's 5-1 defeat at Milwaukee, surrendering four runs and a season high-matching 11 hits in six innings.
Impact: Leake has now given up exactly four runs in three straight outings and owns a 4.83 ERA over his last five starts.
News: Leake gave up four runs on 11 hits over six innings in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Impact: Leake allowed five singles but did not give up a run though the first four frames, but he surrendered two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. The right-hander has now given up eight hits or more in each of his last five outings, resulting in a 4.83 ERA for the month of July. His rotation spot likely isn't in any jeopardy, but Leake will continue to make for a risky fantasy option until he turns it around.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey came away without a decision in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings.
Impact: Bailey has just one win in his last seven starts despite posting a respectable 3.57 ERA.
Kristopher Negron - #17 - Center Field - 6'0" - 193lbs
News: Negron is feeling fine after he was struck in the head on a pickoff throw Tuesday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Negron fell to the ground immediately after pitcher Francisco Rodriguez's errant throw caught him on the side of the helmet. He would remain in the game after being examined by the team trainer, and will not need to follow the league's concussion protocol. The 28-year-old has only seen nine at-bats with the Reds since his July 10 callup, but has homered in two of them.
News: Cozart (finger), who is out of the lineup Wednesday, indicated his right hand was feeling better, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: After X-rays on Cozart's sore digits came back negative following Tuesday's game, the shortstop is being labeled as day-to-day. He was set to test out his injury by throwing in batting practice, and could still be available off the bench for Wednesday's game.
News: Pena is starting at first base and batting third in the order for the first time in his career for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Pena's spot in the batting order speaks volumes about the state of the Reds offense right now. He's hitting .256/.288/.396 over 207 at-bats so far this season.
News: Cozart (finger) is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Brewers, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Cozart was forced out of Tuesday's game early after taking a pitch off two fingers on his right hand. X-rays after the game came back negative and the injury seems unlikely to result in a long-term absence for Cozart, but the Reds will unsurprisingly play it safe and rest him during Wednesday's afternoon tilt. Ramon Santiago will handle shortstop duties.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Cozart left the Cincinnati Reds game with the Milwaukee Brewers after being hit in the right hand by a pitch while attempting to bunt.
Impact: X-rays on the first two fingers of his hand were negative, and the team said he was day-to-day.
News: Latos yielded five runs (four earned) over seven frames in Monday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Latos was undone by shoddy defense behind him, as two errors resulted in the unearned run, while a pair of misplays in the outfield by Chris Heisey further contributed to the pitcher's demise. The 26-year-old's strikeout rate (5.1 K/9) has fallen off steeply in his seven starts with the Reds this season, but he's otherwise produced as expected since returning from the DL.
News: Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) hitting the DL, Partch will come back up from Louisville after being optioned less than two weeks ago. In four appearances (5.1 total innings) for Cincinnati this season, Partch has allowed only one hit but has walked five batters.
Logan Ondrusek - #66 - Pitcher - 6'8" - 231lbs
News: Ondrusek has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 13 with a strained right shoulder, the Reds' official site reports. Curtis Partch will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: The 29-year-old reliever last appeared July 12 against the Pirates, striking out two batters in his one inning. Ondrusek has appeared in 29 games this season, hurling 31.1 innings while posting a 4.31 ERA. His replacement, Curtis Partch, is also a right-handed reliever who has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings in four major-league appearances this season.
News: Bailey gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.
Impact: Bailey had to prove over the weekend that he was fit enough to pitch Tuesday after leaving his last start early with a knee strain. The only thing that he struggled with against the Brewers was keeping the ball in the ballpark. Three of the four hits he surrendered were solo home runs. It's not that often that someone gives up three runs and still qualifies for a quality start, but that's what Bailey did Tuesday. He'll face a less potent lineup in his next start Monday against the Diamondbacks.
News: Cozart left Tuesday's game against the Brewers after getting hit by a pitch on the first two fingers of his right hand, but X-rays came back negative and he is day-to-day, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Ramon Santiago replaced Cozart at shortstop after the hit-by-pitch, and would figure to start if Cozart can't take the field for Wednesday's game. The Reds' starting shortstop is slugging less than .300.
News: The Reds placed right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder and recalled Partch from Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: Partch has pitched in four games with the Reds in 2014. He is 1-0 and has not allowed a run.
Logan Ondrusek - #66 - Pitcher - 6'8" - 231lbs
News: The Reds placed Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder before Tuesday night's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Ondrusek is 3-1 with an ERA of 4.31 in 29 games this season.
News: Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a homer in Monday's 5-2 loss at Milwaukee.
Impact: Four of Hamilton's six homers have come against the Brewers.
News: Bailey (knee) has been confirmed as Tuesday's starter against the Brewers.
Impact: In addition to a pair of full bullpen sessions over the weekend, Bailey was also able to run at full speed and was thus given the green light to start Tuesday against Milwaukee. The right-hander was forced off the mound after 71 pitches in his last start due to a knee strain, but the Reds were able to buy Bailey a bit of extra time to heal by adjusting their rotation coming out of the All-Star break.
News: Hamilton went 2-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season in Monday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Remarkably, four of Hamilton's six long balls have come against Milwaukee this season. After Hamilton collected just 13 homers over his five seasons in the minors, not much power was expected to come along with his bounty of stolen bases, but he's been a pleasant surprise in that department to date.
News: Votto (quadriceps) had a second platelet-rich-plasma injection Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds are still looking at a five-week timetable for Votto's return.
News: Phillips (thumb) has begun throwing, but still can't catch, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips isn't expected back until late August or early September - this is just one small step in his rehab program.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto needed 112 pitches to last five innings Sunday, matching his shortest start this season.
Impact: Cueto struck out seven and allowed two runs. He faces the Nats next time.
News: Pena is out of the lineup Monday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Pena has made five straight starts for the Reds, but will receive a day off Monday. Donald Lutz will take over at first base, while Devin Meroraco returns to his regular role catching after a day off Sunday. Although batting just .251 on the year, Pena has hit safely in all but two of his July starts. Despite the day off Monday, he seems to be the favorite to resume regular reps at first base in the absence of Joey Votto.
News: Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Bruce struck out three times Sunday in addition to making a costly error, so manager Bryan Price will give him a day off to clear his head. The 27-year-old hasn't been living up to his career numbers so far this season, and to make matters worse, he's hit just .138/.180/.310 since July 1. Skip Schumaker will take over in right field, while Donald Lutz mans first base.
News: Latos (lower back) is pain-free and cleared to make his start Monday night against the Brewers.
Impact: Latos has had two strong starts against the Brewers' righty-heavy lineup already this season. After short outings from their starters this weekend in New York, the Reds need Latos to work deep into the game Monday.
News: Cueto lasted just five innings Sunday against the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Impact: As indicated by the high walk total, Cueto struggled with his control and ran his pitch-count high early on, including walking the ninth hitter in the lineup twice. Ultimately, the Reds' lack of timely hitting and a missed pop-up cost them the game, but Cueto's short outing also taxed the bullpen.
Sam LeCure - #63 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 206lbs
News: LeCure threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief Sunday against the Yankees, including working out of a bases loaded jam that he inherited in the sixth inning.
Impact: One of LeCure's strengths last year was eliminating inherited runners. He hasn't been quite as strong in that department this year, but overall he's still been a reliable middle-innings reliever.
News: Chapman got the loss Sunday against the Yankees, giving up two hits while striking out one in a tie game in the ninth inning.
Impact: The second "hit" was a pop-up by Brian McCann that dropped between Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Skip Schumaker, when all three lost the ball in the sun. However, Chapman earned his part in the loss by allowing Jacoby Ellsbury to reach earlier on a single, steal second without a throw and reach third on a wild pitch.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon suffered a rare defeat Saturday.
Impact: Simon fell to 12-4 this year and 0-3 in seven games, including four starts, against the Yankees. The right-hander allowed four runs - two earned - and five hits in five innings, the first time he failed to finish six innings since going 3 2-3 in a 6-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on May 27. He went 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his next eight starts.
News: Bailey (knee) threw another full bullpen session Saturday and is confident he'll make his start Tuesday. "I don't see why there would be any setbacks or anything," Bailey said Sunday. "We'll kind of see how it goes. You don't really know, but I have a pretty good idea [that] everything should be fine."
Impact: Bailey also ran at full speed Saturday. He was able to avoid needing a cortisone shot in his knee over the All-Star break.
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: Mesoraco has caught the last five games for the Reds, so it was likely time for a regular day off. The 26-year-old backstop continues to have a successful season, slashing .298/.367/.591 with 16 home runs.
Neftali Soto - #50 - First Base - 6'1" - 214lbs
News: Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Impact: Soto had been up with the Reds while Skip Schumaker was on the 7-day concussion DL, but with Schumaker ready for action, Soto's services as a reserve infielder were no longer needed. The 25-year-old is just 3-for-30 at the plate this season, but could be called upon down the stretch if a need for infield help arises.
News: Schumaker was activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Sunday. He'll bat second and man the keystone for the afternoon tilt.
Impact: Schumaker hasn't played since July 10, but is ready for action Sunday afternoon. The utility man should see relatively consistent reps with the Reds moving forward, especially with the absence of Brandon Phillips (thumb) at second base. Neftali Soto was sent down to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
News: GM Walt Jocketty revised Phillips' (thumb) timeline for a return while speaking with ESPN.com's Jim Bowden on Sunday, stating that he expects the second baseman to return from the disabled list in approximately five weeks.
Impact: The news shaves about two weeks off the 8-to-12-week timetable that Phillips was initially given after he was diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament July 10. Still, the knowledge that Phillips will likely return in early September in a best-case scenario makes it tough to justify holding him in single-season leagues. He hadn't helped his cause prior to suffering the injury by batting .272 with seven homers and 40 RBI, well off the pace of his 2013 totals of 18 and 103, respectively.
News: Reds GM Walt Jocketty told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden that he expects Votto (quadriceps) to return in approximately five weeks.
Impact: While it's nice to know that the Reds have a clear expected timetable for Votto's return, it's tough to justify holding the first baseman in single-season leagues with the knowledge that he'll only be available for a month in what likely amounts to a best-case scenario. It hasn't helped matters that an ailing Votto was only slashing .255/.390/.409 before landing on the disabled list, and there's no indication that he'll return to All-Star form even after the Reds clear him to resume duties as a fixture in the heart of their lineup.
J.J. Hoover - #60 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Hoover gave up three runs on four hits in an inning Saturday to let the Yankees blow the game wide open.
Impact: Hoover has allowed at least one run in his last three outings, and his ERA is back up to 5.49. He's dropped pretty low from originally being part of the closer committee to begin the year when both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton were on the DL.
News: Bruce went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Yankees. He also committed a critical two-base error early in the game.
Impact: The Reds were shut down by Brandon McCarthy on Saturday and have 23 strikeouts in their first two games after the break. They're counting on Bruce to provide a little more with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips out, and so far he hasn't been up to the task against McCarthy and David Phelps.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Pena hit two solo homers Friday for the Reds.
Impact: Pena raised his slugging percentage to .403 but he is not a power hitter by anyh means.
News: Frazier went 2-for-4 and stole his 15th base of the season in the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Impact: Most everyone knows about the 19 home runs Frazier has supplied to this point, but his 15 steals lead all third baseman by a wide margin. The 28-year-old is now batting .289/.350/.495 through 96 games this season, and he's being relied on to anchor the offense from the three-hole with both Joey Votto (quad) and Brandon Phillips (thumb) sidelined.
Chris Heisey - #28 - Left Field - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Heisey went 1-for-4 with his fourth homer of the year in the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Impact: The 29-year-old has seen a fairly significant uptick in playing time of late, as he's now started five of the Reds' last six games, and he's taken advantage of his increased opportunities (8-for-his-last-23). Skip Schumaker (concussion) will be taking on a larger role at second base with Brandon Phillips (thumb) out, so the door is open for Heisey to continue sharing time in left field with Ryan Ludwick.
News: Simon was charged with four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. He struck out four.
Impact: Simon's streak of eight consecutive quality starts came to an end Saturday, but it was by no means a terrible outing for the first-time All-Star. He allowed just six baserunners in his five innings, and only one of the hits against him went for extra bases -- the solo homer by Carlos Beltran in the second inning. That said, Simon's bloated strand rate and modest strikeout rate suggests at least a slight regression is likely in store in the second half.
News: Schumaker passed his latest concussion test but must wait for the league and the Player's Association to sign off on the results before he can be activated, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price has already submitted his lineup card for Saturday's game, and Schumaker is absent yet again, but it sounds like the 34-year-old is close to returning to action. If both the league and the Player's Association sign off on the results of the concussion test, Schumaker could be back as soon as Sunday and would likely see near-everyday time while Brandon Phillips (thumb) is on the mend.
Donald Lutz - #23 - First Base - 6'3" - 251lbs
News: Lutz will serve as the designated hitter and bat eighth Saturday against the Yankees, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the DH option available to him in New York, manager Bryan Price will get Lutz his first start since June 8. In 10 games with the big club, Lutz is just 3-for-16 with a double, but on the season, he's hit .284/.346/.505 with 10 homers in 55 games between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.
News: Ludwick is out of the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Impact: Ludwick finished the first half on a high note, notching seven hits in his final three games to push his season line to .270/.329/.407. He served as the designated hitter in the opener against the Yankees, but Donald Lutz will get the start at DH on Saturday with Chris Heisey in left field. With Skip Schumaker (concussion) likely seeing more time at second base upon his return, Ludwick figures to see most of the time in left.
News: Leake allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: Leake (7-8, 3.63 ERA) was in the game until he served up a two-run home run to Jacoby Ellsbury that gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He'll take on division-rival Milwaukee on the road next time out.
News: Pena was 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in a losing cause against the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: He took Yankees starter David Phelps deep twice for his fourth and fifth long ones of the season but they came with no one on base so they weren't enough to claim a victory. He's hitting .255 and has 19 RBI, but should continue to get more playing time with Joey Votto on the shelf.
Donnie Murphy - #16 - Second Base - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday. He was assigned to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: The Rangers cut Murphy loose last Thursday after he hit just .196/.268/.330 in 45 games with the big club. While Murphy did post a .849 OPS in 46 games with the Cubs last season, it seems unlikely he'll be anything more than organization infield depth with the Reds, who just lost Brandon Phillips (thumb) for an extended period.
News: Chapman (hamstring) will be available for Friday's game against the Yankees, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman tweaked his hamstring while covering first base in the eighth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game, but he told manager Bryan Price that he's good to go for Friday.
News: Bailey (knee) threw a full bullpen session Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Afterward, manager Bryan Price reiterated that Bailey is on track to make his next start, Tuesday against Milwaukee. Bailey was forced off the mound after 71 pitches in his last start due to a strained knee, but thanks to the All-Star break, he will not even miss one turn in the rotation.
News: Schumaker (concussion) has not been cleared to play, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Along with the concussion he suffered last weekend, Schumaker is also reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury. He is without a set timetable for a return, but Schumaker figures to see regular time between second base and left when healthy, at least until Brandon Phillips (thumb) returns. Ramon Santiago will man the keystone Friday.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Bryan Price said the Reds expect Votto (quadriceps), who was placed on the DL last week, to return in a matter of weeks, MLB.com's Manny Randhawa reports. "It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more about weeks; I'm not talking months and months," Price said of Votto's expected return date.
Impact: Price noted that Votto remains without a clear timetable, but in narrowing down a possible return to weeks rather than months, hope has been created that Votto will play again this season. If that proves to be the case, the question will be whether Votto will be his old power-hitting, on-base machine self or the diminished version he's been while playing through the quad strain for much of 2014.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Chapman appeared to be limping when he ran to cover first base on a ground ball during Tuesday's All-Star game.
Impact: Continue to monitor his progress.
News: Frazier advanced to the overall finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby by hitting one homer in the NL finals while Miami's Giancarlo Stanton was shut out.
Impact: This is not the kind of drama major league baseball expected for the event, and might have led some viewers to switch channels.
News: Frazier hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: After hitting 19 homers in each of the previous two seasons, Frazier has 19 at the break. He's been one of this season's biggest bargains thus far.
News: Cueto allowed three runs over six innings to beat Pittsburgh 6-3 on Sunday.
Impact: Cueto, 5-1 over his last seven starts, will carry a 2.13 ERA into the season's second half.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cincinnati Reds said on Sunday that Simon has been added to the National League team for Tuesday's All-Star game. This is Simon's first All-Star game.
Impact: Simon (12-3), who was the first NL pitcher to reach 12 wins is tied with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the league lead. Simon joins fellow Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, left-hander Aroldis Chapman, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco on the NL team.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer in a 6-5 loss in 11 innings to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Impact: Frazier's home run was his first in 20 games since June 22. He has a team-best 18 this season and is one shy of matching his output from each of the past two years. He will participate in the All-Star home run derby next week.
Neftali Soto - #50 - First Base - 6'1" - 214lbs
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds called up Soto before the second game of their series on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shoring up their depleted infield.
Impact: The Reds have put three infielders on the disabled list this week. First baseman Joey Votto is out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six weeks. Skip Schumaker is out for a week with a concussion. It's Soto's second stint with the Reds this season. He went 3 for 28 with no homers and one RBI.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton went 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Hamilton's average now sits at .285, the highest it's been all year. He's 10 for 21 over the last six games.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Latos left after five innings Friday night - his shortest outing of the season - because of spasms in his lower back, yet another injury to the depleted Reds.
Impact: Latos pulled up after running hard to first base trying to beat out a bunt in the second inning. Manager Bryan Price and a trainer came out to check on him in the third and fifth innings.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Schumaker has been reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and is in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup against the New York Yankees.
Impact: Schumaker was set to bat second and play second base Sunday in place of injured Brandon Phillips. To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. Schumaker was injured when he ran into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch July 10 against the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old utility man was batting .240 with a home run and 14 RBIs.
News: Bailey left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday with an apparent injury in the sixth inning. Bailey was delivering a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro, but he didn't throw the ball while gingerly completing his motion. After a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and manager Bryan Price, during which Bailey pointed to a spot on the mound, he walked off the field and was replaced by the right-hander Sam LeCure.
Impact: The Reds were leading 4-3. Bailey, who entered with an 8-5 record, allowed three hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit two batters while throwing 71 pitches.
News: The Reds have put Phillips on the 15-day disabled list following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb that is expected to sideline him about six weeks.
Impact: Phillips hurt his thumb while sliding on an attempted catch Wednesday. The Reds already are missing first baseman Joey Votto. He is on the disabled list indefinitely with a sprained muscle above his left knee.
News: Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Hamilton was bothered by a tight left hamstring.
Carlos Contreras - #53 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 207lbs
News: Cincinnati optioned Contreras to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Impact: Contreras allowed one run in 4 1-3 innings over three games since being promoted from Double-A Pensacola on June 21.
Kristopher Negron - #17 - Center Field - 6'0" - 193lbs
News: The Cincinnati Reds promoted infielder Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Impact: Negron hit .269 with three home runs in more than 75 games with the Bats. In his only previous major league experience, he was 1-for-4 over four games with Cincinnati in 2012.