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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corcino was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Friday.
Impact: After Corcino struggled mightily with Triple-A Louisville in 2013 (5.86 ERA), the Reds bumped the right-hander back down to Pensacola this season, and the results have been mixed. Overall, Corcino has posted a 4.13 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 143.2 innings while working almost exclusively as a starter. However, he'll reportedly be available out of the bullpen immediately upon arrival to the big club, and it sounds like he'll stick there with Dylan Axelrod the favorite to start next Tuesday in place of Homer Bailey (elbow).
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Impact: Holmberg's second start for the Reds was just as disastrous as his first, as he was clobbered for six runs on five hits and four walks over 2.2 innings against the Braves on Thursday. Acquired from the Diamondbacks as part of the Ryan Hanigan trade this past offseason, Holmberg has struggled at Louisville as well (4.64 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), but the team isn't ready to completely give up on him yet. Daniel Corcino was recalled in the corresponding move and may be an option to start next Tuesday, with Homer Bailey still shut down with an elbow injury.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cingrani (shoulder) remains unable to throw, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: With the minor league season nearing an end, Cingrani's chances to pitch again in 2014 -- at least a starter -- could be very limited. If he's healthy enough to pitch in September, it will likely be out of the bullpen for the Reds, but that's hardly guaranteed given his lack of progress thus far in his recovery.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos struck out three and walked two while giving up one run on nine hits over six innings against the Braves on Friday night.
Impact: He did not factor in the decision, as the game went into extra frames and the Reds eventually lost in 12. Latos has held the opposition to three runs (or fewer) in six consecutive starts. He'll look to extend that streak to seven against the Cubs at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three stolen bases in the Reds' loss to Atlanta on Friday night.
Impact: Each of Hamilton's three steals Friday night came against a different Atlanta pitcher. He pushed his season total to 49 while lifting his line to a paltry .269/.300/.388, in what continues to be an inconsistent year at the plate for the speedy outfielder.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds sent left-hander David Holmberg back Triple-A Louisville on Friday, a day after another rough start, and called up right-handed starter Daniel Corcino.
Impact: Corcino was called up from Double-A Pensacola. He'll make his big league debut the first time he pitches. Corcino went 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance in the minors. The 23-year-old will be in the bullpen initially with the Reds, who opened the day 10 1/2 games out in the NL Central.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds sent left-hander David Holmberg back Triple-A Louisville on Friday, a day after another rough start, and called up right-handed starter Daniel Corcino.
Impact: Holmberg gave up six runs in 2 2-3 innings of an 8-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday night. In two starts for Cincinnati this season, the left-hander has faced 37 batters and allowed 21 of them to reach base: 12 hits, seven walks, two hit batters, four homers.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Axelrod will likely be recalled to make another start, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Daniel Corcino was recalled to replace David Holmberg on the active roster, but it sounds like Corcino will work exclusively out of the bullpen while up. Axelrod turned in a quality outing in a spot start last weekend, with two runs allowed over six innings against Colorado, and he may very well stick in the rotation until Homer Bailey (elbow) returns.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup Friday against the Braves.
Impact: Pena has made seven straight starts for the Reds, but will give way to Todd Frazier at first base Friday, while Kristopher Negron takes over at the hot corner. Pena is 0-for-9 over his past three games, and has collected just three extra-base hits so far in August.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Thursday against the Braves.
Impact: Ludwick was one of the lone bright spots on the Reds' 1-6 road trip, notching seven hits, including two doubles and two homers, in 22 at-bats. However, he'll find himself on the bench for the first game of the homestand, sitting in favor of Skip Schumaker in left field.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart is out of the lineup Thursday against the Braves.
Impact: This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Cozart, his first since July 27. Ramon Santiago will take over at short and bat seventh in his absence. Cozart's OPS for the season is still down at .569 and he's chipped in just one homer since June 1, but his abilities in the field will likely keep him in the lineup on a regular basis.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) has been jogging and recent strength tests have been encouraging, but he hasn't started baseball activities yet, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Votto expressed his frustration at his lack of progress, the team's losing ways lately and the perception that he somehow isn't doing all he can to get back in a press conference Thursday. He's eligible to return Sept. 4, but right now, his ability to return on that date remains in question.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (shoulder) tossed a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 8-0 loss to Atlanta. He hit 100 mph on the radar, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman has been dealing with an achy shoulder, so Thursday's outing was his first since Sunday's four-run meltdown. While he's not completely out of the woods yet with regard to his shoulder issue, he appears to be moving in the right direction.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg was hit hard against Atlanta on Thursday, surrendering six runs and five hits in just 2.2 innings. He issued four walks and struck out a pair.
Impact: Holmberg struggled from the onset, but the third inning was the backbreaker, as he gave up five runs. The damage for Holmberg actually could have been worse, but reliever Pedro Villarreal stopped the bleeding by getting a strikeout with the bases loaded. Holmberg was roughed up in his previous start on July 8, so he's been unimpressive in limited action with the big club. Whether he makes another start could depend on the status of Homer Bailey, who is currently on the DL with an elbow injury. Then again, Holmberg was so unproductive Thursday that the Reds might try to find another option even if Bailey isn't ready. If Holmberg does get another starting nod, it would likely come at Pittsburgh on Aug. 30.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending right-handers J.J. Hoover and Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: Contreras was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds revamped their struggling bullpen before the start of a series against Atlanta on Thursday, sending Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: The bullpen has fallen apart since the All-Star break, going 0-10 with a 4.69 ERA. Hoover was 1-10 with a 5.27 ERA. He hit a batter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss in St. Louis on Tuesday.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds optioned Hoover to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Hoover has struggled all season and pitched three of the last four days, so the Reds decided to send him to the minors for the first time since 2012. Expect Hoover to return to Cincinnati at some point in September.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds recalled Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Villarreal earned a trip to Cincinnati by posting a 3.20 ERA and 50:13 K:BB in 56.1 innings over 42 appearances with Louisville this season. Expect him to work in middle or long relief with the big club.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds called up Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Holmberg will jump right into the Reds' rotation and start Thursday against the Braves. He gave up five earned runs over 2.2 innings in a start with the Reds earlier this season, but he has thrown the ball well lately, posting a 3.34 ERA over his last 10 starts with Louisville.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (elbow) has yet to resume throwing, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Bailey has taken it easy since landing on the disabled list, and he's not sure when he will throw again. Bailey will visit with team doctors Friday, and it's possible an update on his status could come after that.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Mesoraco has seemingly hit the first rough patch of an otherwise phenomenal season, as he's produced no hits in his last 20 at-bats. He should snap out of the slump eventually, but with his season average now down to .281, a return to the .300 mark might not be realistic any longer.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto (15-7) lasted just five innings Wednesday against the Cardinals, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four in the loss.
Impact: Wednesday's outing was a rare hiccup for Cueto, as this was the first time in 14 starts he allowed more than three earned runs in a game. With a 2.24 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 191:53 K:BB ratio in 192.2 innings, Cueto is as good as they come. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Cubs.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (shoulder) said that he is OK and should be good to go Wednesday against the Cardinals, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The flamethrower tested his achy shoulder with some throwing prior to Wednesday's tilt and manager Bryan Price said the soreness is gone. While Chapman deemed himself available, he should be considered day-to-day until he actually takes the hill for Cincinnati.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (shoulder) threw on the field prior to Wednesday's game, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, manager Bryan Price said the shoulder soreness that prevented Chapman from being available for the first two games of the Cardinals series is gone. Price did not say explicitly that Chapman will be an option for Wednesday, but the lefty was reportedly airing it out pretty good during the throwing session, so it would seem his return is imminent.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier slugged his 21st home run of the year while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
Impact: Frazier continues to have a breakout year and has been one of the few constants in the Reds' lineup this season. He now owns a .284/.344/.465 slash line in 469 at-bats.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters before picking up a no-decision in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
Impact: While he wasn't spectacular Tuesday, Simon's outing was nonetheless solid considering the second half he has endured. Simon has only one quality start since the All-Star break. His ERA now sits at 3.35 on the year with his WHIP at 1.20, with a 94:42 K:BB ratio through 153.1 innings. Simon's next start is set for Sunday at home against the Braves.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoover lost a team record 10th game as a reliever Tuesday night, hitting the Cardinals' Jon Jay with the bases loaded.
Impact: With Aroldis Chapman apparently unavailable, Hoover got the last out of the eighth inning and then stayed in to pitch the ninth in a 4-4 game, with Jonathan Broxton being held back for any potential save situation. He subsequently allowed back-to-back singles, walked a batter, then hit Jay to end the game. The nightmare season continues for Hoover.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds confirmed that Negron will lose playing time now that Brandon Phillips has returned.
Impact: Negron will occasionally play third base while Todd Frazier moves over to first base. He probably won't play much in left field, however. "It's not off the table of consideration," manager Bryan Price said. "It's hard to realistically try to force-feed a fourth guy into that mix there to play left."
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce homered and doubled with four RBIs in Monday's loss to St. Louis.
Impact: Bruce's numbers have improved some lately, but it hasn't been anything extraordinary that's going to save his season. The Reds right fielder is batting .279 with four home runs and 13 RBIs over 14 games. His season average is .224.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg will start Thursday against the Braves, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: It was widely assumed Holmberg would draw the assignment Thursday after he was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Louisville on Monday, but manager Bryan Price confirmed it prior to Tuesday's game. Holmberg was knocked around for five runs on seven hits (including three homers) over 2.2 innings against the Cubs in his Reds debut July 8, and he hasn't been much better at Louisville, with a 4.64 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 17 starts. Holmberg could head back down after the start depending on Homer Bailey's progress in his recovery from an elbow injury.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI on Monday in an extra-inning loss to the Cardinals.
Impact: Bruce tied the game with an RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth, but St. Louis won it in the 10th inning. Bruce is having a down year, slashing .224/.300/.392 with 14 home runs in 380 at-bats.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out five over seven innings Monday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Leake dug a hole early, allowing three runs through three innings, but settled down. The 26-year-old has a three-game winless streak and a 4.32 ERA over 25 August innings. Leake faces the Braves on Saturday.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) was activated from the disabled list in order to start Monday in St. Louis, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips will hit lower in the lineup than normal -- sixth -- but man his typical spot at second base. In eight at-bats between Low-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville during his rehab assignment, he managed two hits, including a double, and no other counting stats.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier (back) will return to the Reds' lineup Monday, batting third and playing third base, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: He had missed the past four games with a back injury, but will return a much needed presence to the middle of the Reds' lineup this week, starting with the series in St. Louis.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod turned in a commendable performance in his Reds debut, allowing two runs over six innings on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven.
Impact: Axelrod was in line for the win before the Reds' bullpen completely fell apart (a theme for the doubleheader for the Reds). He was a little fortunate in that he allowed two homers, but both were with the bases empty.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman was unavailable out of the bullpen Monday due to an "achy" shoulder, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman didn't take the hill for the Reds on Monday night, despite the fact that it was a close game that went into extra innings. He was dreadful in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but the lack of command may be partially attributed to the soreness he's been experiencing. Manager Bryan Price didn't rule him out of pitching Tuesday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Reds hold their flamethrower out of action for another day or two. If that ends up being the case, look for Jonathan Broxton to take the mound in a save situation, if one arises.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The slumping Cincinnati Reds have activated Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list and inserted the second baseman into their starting lineup at St. Louis.
Impact: Phillips was placed on the DL on July 11 after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was batting sixth for Monday night's opener of a three-game set against the Cardinals. Phillips' return comes at a crucial time for Cincinnati, which was swept in a doubleheader at Colorado on Sunday and is barely hanging on in the playoff race.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg was scratched from his scheduled start with Triple-A Louisville on Monday, a sign he'll be called upon to make a spot start Thursday against the Braves, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Holmberg performed miserably in a spot start in July for the Reds, yielding seven hits (three home runs) and five runs allowed before he was pulled after 2.2 innings. He's hardly an inspiring streaming option this time around, but his presence on the 40-man roster will allow him to pick up the start with the big club.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Partch has been sent back to Triple-A Louisville, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: He was called up as an emergency option for Sunday's doubleheader, and will continue to offer organizational bullpen depth.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: He logged a quality start with seven strikeouts in his Reds debut Sunday, but it was accepted that this might be a one-time deal for Axelrod. The Reds' next opening in the rotation is Thursday, for which Axelrod won't be available, so it's hard to say when he could be called again to take the ball for the big league club.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnhart was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: He had offered some depth at catcher for a couple weeks, but the Reds brought Brandon Phillips and Logan Ondrusek off the DL on Monday, and Barnhart needed to be demoted as a corresponding move.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: He rejoined the team Saturday, and was activated in advance of the Reds' series this week against St. Louis. He will offer depth out of the big-league bullpen, but doesn't figure to be in line to steal any saves from Aroldis Chapman.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoover was brought on Sunday to relieve Aroldis Chapman after Chapman walked four batters to start the ninth. Hoover retired two batters, but then gave up a game-ending homer to Drew Stubbs.
Impact: That about sums up Hoover's season - he now has allowed 10 homers over 53.1 innings, and his record dropped to 1-9 with the homer.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman was brutal in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Rockies, walking four straight batters who all came around to score as the Reds blew a 9-5 ninth-inning lead.
Impact: During a season in which he's otherwise been spectacular, Chapman now becomes the first MLB pitcher since 2002 to face at least four batters and walk them all, while not managing to record an out. J.J. Hoover came on to replace Chapman and did little to extinguish the fire, allowing a run-scoring sacrifice fly before surrendering a walk-off three-run homer to Drew Stubbs.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier (back) is not in the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Rockies.
Impact: The sore back prevented Frazier from playing in either game Sunday and has now kept him out of four straight games. Ramon Santiago will man the hot corner in Frazier's place Sunday night.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek (shoulder) joined the Reds on Saturday, though he hasn't yet been activated from the DL.
Impact: Ondrusek could be activated from the DL as early as Monday. He threw one inning in his rehab game at Triple-A Louisville, allowing two hits but then getting out of the inning by inducing a double play.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier (back) tested his injury by taking a few swings in batting practice, but still was unable to run.
Impact: As such, Frazier's availability for Sunday's doubleheader is very much in question.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) will continue his rehab at Low-A Dayton on Sunday, after which he'll be re-examined by team doctors Monday.
Impact: Phillips was encouraged by his progress, as indicated by manager Bryan Price's comments. "He and I did a little back and forth this morning," Price said before Phillips played his second game Saturday. "He was really excited about how good he felt. I don't know if he expected to feel as good as he did. He had a lot of action defensively and three at-bats. He came out of it feeling pretty good." Pryce further cautioned that the team isn't making any firm plans until that re-examination Monday morning.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Partch will be recalled for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds are allotted an extra roster spot during the doubleheader and will use it to recall another bullpen arm. Partch will likely be headed back to Triple-A Louisville following the game.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Impact: Ludwick has made three straight starts for the Reds in left field, but will give way to Chris Heisey on Sunday afternoon. It seems likely Ludwick will be back in action for the nightcap, especially with southpaw Yohan Flande scheduled to take the hill for the Rockies in Game 2.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier (back) is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Impact: Frazier is able to swing a bat, but the current back soreness he's been experiencing has made it difficult to run the bases. He hasn't yet been ruled out for the second leg of the doubleheader, but Kristopher Negron will man the hot corner in the first.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Negron finished with four hits in Friday's 3-2 win at Colorado.
Impact: Negron had been struggling with 2 hits in 18 at-bats over his previous five games before Friday's performance.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod's start Saturday against Colorado has been postponed due to a water main break.
Impact: No water was available at Coors Field on Saturday night due to the break outside the stadium, prompting the postponement. With a doubleheader scheduled for Sunday, Axelrod will presumably move back a day and face the Rockies at Coors anyway.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is out of the lineup Saturday due to his lower back injury, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This is the second straight game that Frazier will miss with the lower back injury that he sustained in Thursday's game. In his absence, Kristopher Negron will play third while Skip Schumaker covers second Saturday.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday.
Impact: This is just a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, as Votto has missed close to six weeks already with the quad injury and still has yet to resume baseball activities. He'll be eligible to return Sept. 4, but it seems like a bit of a long shot to think Votto could be ready by that date.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game with Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Impact: Phillips helped turn a pair of double plays but also made an error in the field. The biggest thing is that the thumb held up, and he could rejoin the Reds as soon as Monday so long as he avoids a setback over the remainder of the weekend. In 86 games this season, Phillips has hit .272/.308/.392 with seven homers and 40 RBI.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier reportedly hurt his back during an at-bat Thursday and sat out Friday's contest with soreness.
Impact: He returned to the lineup Monday in St. Louis.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santiago went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI against the Rockies on Friday night.
Impact: The Reds' infielder has been an up-and-down hitter for most of the season, although he has done a decent job filling in for an injured Reds' infield. Santiago (.235/.329/.301) isn't expected to string many good hitting games together moving forward.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron went 4-for-4 with one RBI on Friday facing the Rockies.
Impact: With Brandon Phillips likely returning to action next week, Negron's value is limited at best moving forward. Negron (.292/.333/.492) has certainly done his part in Phillips' absence, giving the Reds a much needed infield spark. He is now 6-for-11 over the last few games and should see a few more starts.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto (15-3) pitched eight innings on Friday against the Rockies giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out six.
Impact: The night only seemed to get easier for Cueto as he cut down hitters pretty easily with the six strikeouts (106 pitches), while also getting hitters to go after his pitch. Cueto, who now leads the league in wins, takes the mound next on Tuesday in St. Louis.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Ludwick went 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs in Thursday's loss in Colorado.
Impact: He'd been on quite a slide since the All-Star break, going 10 for 56 over his previous 17 games.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek (shoulder) will pitch the first inning for Triple-A Louisville on Friday as part of his rehab assignment.
Impact: Ondrusek may be ready to return from the DL after the Reds finish their series in Colorado this weekend.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is out of the lineup Friday due to lower back soreness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Frazier reportedly tweaked his back during his second at-bat of Thursday's game, which ended in a groundout to first base. He's hoping to return to the lineup Saturday, but Ramon Santiago will make at least one start at the hot corner in Frazier's absence.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod will be called up to start Saturday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A flexor mass injury to Homer Bailey has created an opening in the Reds' rotation, one which Axelrod will fill for at least one turn. Axelrod has posted a respectable 3.06 ERA in five starts since joining Triple-A Louisville in mid-July, but he's posted a 5.36 ERA at the major league level and there's very little to like about the matchup at Coors Field.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the Reds' lineup Friday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A hamstring issue prevented Brayan Pena from catching the last time Johnny Cueto took the hill for Cincinnati, but Pena will return to his role as Cueto's personal catcher now that he's healthy. Mesoraco will thus be afforded a rest after eight straight starts.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is out of the Reds' lineup Friday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Frazier will be afforded his first rest since July 9, with Ramon Santiago taking over at the hot corner in the second game of the series against Colorado. The 28-year-old Frazier has hit just one home run since the All-Star break, but he's still hitting for average and has been adamant that his participation in the Home Run Derby has not affected his swing.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) could be activated from the DL as soon as Monday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Everything will hinge on how Phillips fares while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville this weekend, but he at least has a chance to return for Monday's series opener in St. Louis. Keep in mind Phillips is still just five weeks removed from surgery, so it may take him a while yet to regain full strength in the thumb.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the loss to the Rockies.
Impact: Bruce's struggles against Jorge De La Rosa continued Thursday. He'll face two more left-handers in this four-game series in Coors Field in Franklin Morales on Friday and Yohan Flande on Sunday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon gave up seven runs (five earned) over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Rockies, giving up 10 hits and a walk while striking out two.
Impact: It's not at all shocking that Simon, who has struggled since the break (0-5 record), would struggle in Coors Field. He has a 5.46 ERA since the All-Star break.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A late scratch from Wednesday's lineup, Bruce was evidently just dealing with a short-term virus, as he's penciled in to return Thursday against lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Bruce is batting .189/.253/.422 against left-handed pitching this season and is 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in his career against De La Rosa, but he'll once again bat second for the Reds on Thursday.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cincinnati Reds have placed Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Bailey had an MRI, which revealed a flexor mass strain in his elbow.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price said earlier this week that Bailey thought he hurt his elbow while batting in his last start on Aug. 7. The veteran pitcher recently threw a light bullpen session, but he didn't feel any better.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Schumaker matched a season high with three hits in a 5-4 home loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Impact: Schumaker got back on track after going 8 for 48 (.167) in his prior 16 games.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cingrani (shoulder) recently tried to resume a throwing program, but was shut down after feeling renewed soreness, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The team may send Cingrani for a platelet-rich plasma injection following the latest setback with his shoulder, which would theoretically speed up his recovery, but also delay his throwing for at least another week. Manager Bryan Price said the team still views Cingrani as "a possible mid-to-late September option" for the big club, but given how long the issue has lingered, it may be in the lefty's best interest to shut him down and look ahead to 2015.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod could be called up to start Saturday against the Rockies, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds have an opening in their rotation Saturday, and Fay suggests that Axelrod is the most likely candidate to fill that spot given his 3.06 ERA with Triple-A Indianapolis this season and the 30 big league starts he has under his belt. The Reds figure to officially announce Saturday's starter soon, but if Axelrod does get the nod, be aware that his start would come in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the Reds' lineup Thursday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Pena just getting over a hamstring issue, the Reds will exercise caution and give the 32-year-old a breather after two straight starts. Todd Frazier will jump across the diamond to man first base in his absence as Kristopher Negron steps in at the hot corner.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It was first feared that Phillips would miss 8-to-12 weeks after tearing a ligament in his thumb July 9, but it's now looking like he may even beat the revised six-week timetable. Phillips took batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday's game and is slated to join the team's top minor league affiliate in Louisville. A return early-to-mid next week is within the realm of possibility.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake (9-11) was roughed up for five runs over five frames in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox. He gave up eight hits and walked one while striking out three batters.
Impact: Leake re-affirmed his standing as one of the game's best-hitting pitchers by swatting his second homer of the season Wednesday, but that's of little consequence to fantasy players. The right-hander was nursing a 3-2 lead entering the fifth, before allowing a two-run homer to Mike Napoli that gave the Red Sox control of the game.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.
Impact: Negron seems to have emerged as the Reds' top second baseman in place of Brandon Phillips, beating out an uninteresting group of contenders that also includes Skip Schumaker and Ramon Santiago. Negron has flashed some light power and speed with three homers and two stolen bases in 20 games with the Reds, but his modest minor league resume suggests that might be the extent of his upside.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (elbow) is headed to the 15-day DL, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: A flexor mass injury will send Bailey to the DL for the first time in his career, but he will not need surgery and the Reds expect him to return this season. Bailey will be ineligible to return until Aug. 23 once the move is made official, though his recovery may very well push into September. While it's uncertain who will take Bailey's place Saturday against Colorado, David Holmberg is the only healthy starter at Triple-A Louisville that's on the 40-man roster.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) could being a rehab assignment Friday at either Triple-A Louisville or Low-A Dayton, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enqurer reports.
Impact: Phillips took part in batting practice with the Reds on Tuesday, making the second step towards a return to the field. He will likely require a rehab assignment before rejoining the squad.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick added to the lineup Wednesday after Jay Bruce was scratched with an illness.
Impact: Ludwick will start in left field and bat sixth for the Reds on Wednesday. The unscheduled start will be only his fourth start in the past seven games. His playing time will likely continue in this manner unless he starts hitting.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with an illness.
Impact: Bruce will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Ludwick, who will enter in left field while Skip Schumacher shifts to right. The illness that is ailing Bruce hasn't been released yet but, unless it's something serious, it shouldn't keep him out of the lineup for long.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.
Impact: Ludwick will sit out for the second straight day and for the third time in the last five games. Expect Ludwick's playing time to remain sporadic unless he gets hot with the bat.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey's next start has been pushed back to Saturday due to elbow soreness, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Coming off an an impressive start against the Indians in which he struck out eight over seven shutout innings, Bailey will no longer take the ball in home start against Boston on Wednesday night. If he's able to pitch Saturday, he'll face the Rockies at Coors instead. Mike Leake will move up a day from Thursday to start in Bailey's place Wednesday.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Red Sox.
Impact: Negron, who has started the past six games, will receive the day off, while Ramon Santiago shifts to second base as the Reds face Boston starter Joe Kelly. Over his last three games, Negron is 0-for-11 at the dish with three strikeouts.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite tossing seven solid innings Tuesday, Latos received no decision in a five-hit, one-run performance against the visiting Red Sox. He also walked one and struck out five.
Impact: Latos actually departed the game with a slight 2-1 lead before reliever Jonathan Broxton served up a two-run bomb to Yoenis Cespedes with two outs in the eighth, costing Latos what would have been his third win in a row and fifth of the season (4-3). He'll take his 2.95 ERA and excellent 0.94 WHIP into the thin air of Coors Field against the Rockies in his next start Sunday.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek (shoulder) threw a 34-pitch simulated game Tuesday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Ondrusek indicated he felt strong after the session, putting him on track to throw an inning in a minor league rehab assignment Friday. If the outing goes well, the Reds would likely activate him from the DL on Saturday, with Ondrusek slotting back into a setup role in the Reds' bullpen.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) remains limited to strengthening work, but manager Bryan Price said the hope is that he'll be ready to resume baseball activities by the last week-to-10-days of the month, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Although Price was unwilling to rule out a rehab assignment for Votto, it seems unlikely he'll be ready to return to game action before the minor league seasons conclude at the end of August. The 30-year-old has been shut down from baseball activities for more than a month now due to the quad injury, and while the team's initial five-week estimated recovery timetable was clearly too optimistic, he still has a chance to make it back before the end of the season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that he's optimistic Phillips (thumb) will get into rehab games before the minor league seasons end, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips just received clearance to take swings off a tee last Thursday but he took the next step Tuesday, advancing to on-field batting practice. Fielding is still the biggest concern for the Reds, as Phillips still is yet to field grounders with a normal glove, so a rehab assignment may not necessarily be imminent. That said, it does sound like Phillips will be able to return to game action before the end of the month.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena (hamstring) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Pena missed two starts with hamstring tightness but will return to first base and the five-hole in the order Tuesday to take on right-hander Joe Kelly. The Reds have decided to keep Tucker Barnhart around for the time being, suggesting Pena may need another couple days off from catching duty.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake will start at home against Boston on Wednesday in place of Homer Bailey (elbow), Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Instead of facing the Rockies at Coors on Thursday, Leake will benefit from Bailey's inability to pitch on the regular schedule with a more favorable home matchup Wednesday.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier, who has just one homer since the All-Star break, said that participating in the Home Run Derby hasn't affected his swing. "I'm getting a lot of singles [since the All-Star break], but at the same time, I'm producing," Frazier said. "They come in spurts -- when I hit home runs, usually I get three or four in a week. It happened last year for a month or two as well, and what has it been, three weeks or so since my last one? But that's the way it goes."
Impact: Given how the rest of the lineup generally has struggled, chances are that Frazier is also getting fewer pitches to hit as well. To that end, it can't hurt that Jay Bruce has homered twice this week and Devin Mesoraco homered twice on Sunday.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto got to 14 wins Sunday against the Marlins, holding them to two runs over eight innings, striking out nine and allowing five hits and two walks. He did this despite taking a bouncer off his rib cage in the third inning.
Impact: Both runs came on solo homers, by Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee. Jay Bruce robbed Stanton of another homer to save Cueto another run.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco homered twice and had six RBI in the Reds' win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Impact: The second homer was a grand slam off Brad Hand that put the game out of hand. The other home run was a two-run shot in the first inning, helping the Reds answer the Marlins' first-inning run. Surprisingly, these were just the third and fourth of the season for him against a left-hander, as opposed to 16 against right-handers.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron will bat leadoff Sunday against the Marlins.
Impact: With Billy Hamilton out of the lineup, Negron will step in atop the order for the first time in his career. The 28-year-old Negron is batting just .260/.302/.480 in 18 games with the big club this season, but he is 6-for-9 with two homers against southpaws. Lefty Brad Hand is on the hill for Miami.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
Impact: A bout of hamstring tightness forced Pena from Friday's game and kept him out of the lineup Saturday, but he did single in a pinch-hit appearance to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. He was clearly still in some pain however, and he will not be able to catch Johnny Cueto as per usual Sunday, so those duties will fall to regular backstop Devin Mesoraco.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.
Impact: Kristopher Negron will step in atop the order Sunday against lefty Brad Hand, with Chris Heisey manning center. Hamilton's absence seems innocent enough, as manager Bryan Price has been consistent in getting the 23-year-old regular mental and physical breaks throughout the season. Hamilton is 10-for-40 with one stolen base in three attempts so far in August.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce homered and stole a base in Saturday's loss to the Marlins. However, he went just 1-for-5 overall with two strikeouts.
Impact: Bruce also got thrown out at home plate to help stifle a rally in the bottom of the third inning, but that's better pinned on third base coach Steve Smith than on Bruce. The Reds have had a whopping 24 runners thrown out at home this season.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon once again was limited to just five innings Saturday against the Marlins, giving up two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out five.
Impact: Simon needed 91 pitches just to get through five innings, continuing his post-All-Star break trend.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LeCure got the loss Saturday night against the Marlins, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while recording two outs.
Impact: LeCure hasn't been terrible this year but also hasn't been as good as the previous two years. He's putting more balls in play and allowing more hits when they do get in play, and in the process, he's seen his WHIP spike over 1.47.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marshall (shoulder) is rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder 1 1/2 to 2 hours daily. "I can lift it up," Marshall said. "Most of the pain is gone. I think I'm ahead of schedule."
Impact: Part of Marshall's surgery included an infusion of stem cells designed to accelerate the healing process. Marshall is hoping that his progress mirrors that of the Brewers' Tom Gorzelanny, who had a similar procedure.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds are hopeful that Pena (hamstring) will be able to catch Johnny Cueto on Sunday.
Impact: Pena is Cueto's regular catcher, but the Reds have called up Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville just in case Pena can't go.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds called up Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, giving them another option with Brayan Pena limited by a sore left hamstring.
Impact: Barnhart played in 12 games, including nine starts, during three stints with the Reds earlier this season.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lutz was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Impact: Lutz has seen just one at-bat since July 30, so it's hardly a surprise that he was chosen to get the bump with the Reds needing to add some depth at catcher behind Brayan Pena (hamstring). Tucker Barnhart was recalled in the corresponding move. The team may opt to leave Lutz at Louisville for the time being so he can play regularly, but the 25-year-old figures to return when rosters expand.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnhart was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Impact: Brayan Pena is nursing some hamstring tightness, so the Reds brought Barnhart back up for some emergency depth behind the plate. In three prior stints with the big club this season, Barhart went just 5-for-33 (.152 average) with one homer in 12 games. Donald Lutz was optioned in the corresponding move.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena (hamstring) is out of the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
Impact: With Pena out, Todd Frazier will move across the diamond to first, with Kristopher Negron at third and Devin Mesoraco behind the plate. Pena was lifted from Friday's game early with what was labeled left hamstring tightness, and it's uncertain whether he'll be an option off the bench.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake turned in a solid performance Friday night, allowing two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out seven over seven innings, but was a hard-luck loser in the Reds' 2-1 loss to Miami.
Impact: Leake (9-10, 3.42 ERA) continues to provide quality innings, but he did struggle to find the plate in this one, needing 118 pitches (just 66 for strikes) to cover the seven innings. He'll face a tough challenge in his next outing against the Rockies in Coors Field.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena left Friday's game against the Marlins with left hamstring tightness, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Pena singled in the bottom of the second inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching a career high, but he pulled up a bit as he made his way to first. The Reds are saying Pena's removal was strictly precautionary, so it would seem he's no worse than day-to-day ahead of Saturday's tilt.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey allowed four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings in Thursday's 4-0 win over visiting Cleveland.
Impact: Bailey is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last seven starts.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) has been cleared to swing a bat, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The surgeon who repaired Phillips' torn thumb tendon examined the 33-year-old on Thursday and gave him clearance to resume swinging. Trainer Paul Lessard said Phillips took some swings off a tee later in the day, but stressed that his concern is more with Phillips in the field. The four-time Gold Glover remains limited to taking groundballs with a flat glove, but regardless, he appears on track to beat his six-week estimated recovery timetable.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Negron has started to heat up for the Reds, going 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in Wednesday's 8-3 victory.
Impact: Negron is 5 for 9 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs in his last two games.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce was 3 for 5 with his 11th home run of the season in a 9-2 win at Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: Bruce is 7 for 15 over his last three games, scoring a run in each.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto won for the fifth time in six starts Tuesday, limiting Cleveland to two runs and five hits in his fourth complete game of the season.
Impact: Cueto is 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA over his last six outings.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon lost for the fourth straight start Monday, giving up a season high-matching five runs over five innings in a 7-1 loss at Cleveland.
Impact: Simon is stuck in an abysmal four-game losing streak, surrendering 12 earned runs in 21 1-3 innings.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco continued his successful stretch, going 2 for 4 in a 7-1 loss at Cleveland on Monday.
Impact: Mesoraco is 13 for 36 over his last 10 games, a span during which he owns a .439 on-base percentage.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco was 3 for 5 with two RBIs in a 7-3 win at Miami on Sunday.
Impact: Despite two hitless performances in back-to-back games prior to Sunday, Mesoraco is hitting .344 over his last nine with eight runs driven in.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier turned in his second career four-hit game and drove in his 58th run of the year in a 7-3 win at Miami on Sunday.
Impact: Frazier has gone 9 for 24 over his last six games with four RBIs.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton was 2 for 5 and swiped his 43rd base of the season in a 7-3 win at Miami on Sunday.
Impact: Though Hamilton is 5 for 15 over his last three games, he's still batting just .194 in his last nine. However, his prowess for stealing bases makes him virtually impossible for fantasy owners to bench.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Leake won his second straight start in a 7-3 victory at Miami on Sunday, limiting the Marlins to a run and three hits in six innings.
Impact: Leake's last two opponents have been held to one run in 13 2-3 innings. Prior to that, Leake had surrendered exactly four runs in three straight starts.
Sun. Aug 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey allowed one run and three hits in seven innings Saturday night in a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to Miami.
Impact: Bailey (8-5, 3.89 ERA) has not gotten a win since June 29 despite posting a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts.