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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier went 1-for-3 with his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
Impact: The homer was just Frazier's fourth since the All-Star break, but also his third in his last 11 games. Despite the dropoff in production, Frazier is still batting .278/.340/.458 with 23 homers and 19 steals on the year, easily putting him among the top fantasy contributors at third base.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon gave up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven over seven innings, in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
Impact: Simon is starting to right the ship a bit, with back-to-back quality starts, but he's still just 1-6 since the All-Star break. The 33-year-old's decline has come as little surprise, as his .232 BABIP and 4.33 FIP in the first half were obvious indicator that his 2.70 ERA and .217 BAA were unsustainable.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron is out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Negron has seen some playing time recently with Todd Frazier shifting to first base. Frazier is back at third Saturday, while Brayan Pena enters the lineup at first and will bat fifth for the Reds.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and a pair of stolen bases in a losing effort against Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Impact: The run scored was the Reds' only tally on the night, but he continues to be a catalyst for their offense, and a huge contributor in the stolen base category (he now has 53) for his fantasy owners.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake was brilliant on Friday night tossing seven shutout innings while allowing six hits and striking out one, but was left with a no-decision as the Reds bullpen gave up a pair of runs late.
Impact: Leake continues to give the Reds quality innings and now sports a 3.38 ERA. He's not a power pitcher and doesn't typically provide many strikeouts, but he can be useful as a back-of-the-rotation arm in most fantasy formats.
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 | RotoWire
News: Bruce went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Impact: Bruce just can't get going on a consistent basis this year. He went just 3-for-25 on the Reds' recent seven-game homestand.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod was solid again Thursday against the Cubs in his second start with the Reds, throwing five scoreless innings while striking out eight, walking three (one intentional) and allowing just two hits.
Impact: Axelrod is going to get an extended trial for the remainder of the season from the Reds. While his chances of locking down a 2015 rotation spot might not be great, a good showing might encourage the Reds to trade a starter in return for a badly needed improvement in left field.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Reds have recently moved Todd Frazier to first base more often to accommodate Negron at third. That arrangement played out again Thursday as Negron went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.
Impact: Negron is an older prospect and thus doesn't have much in the way of keeper value, but it might also mean that he was more equipped for the transition to the major leagues once he got the call. He has impressed the team with his approach at the plate and his hustle everywhere. Until Joey Votto returns from the DL, Negron could play four to five times per week.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases in the Reds win over the Cubs on Thursday.
Impact: After not attempting a stolen base all of last season, Cozart now has six stolen bases this year. The Reds ran wild against John Baker and Jake Arrieta, with six stolen bases in the four innings that Arrieta pitched.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier has been playing first base a lot more recently to make room for Kris Negron to play at third. He started there Thursday against the Cubs and went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.
Impact: With Joey Votto's return date up in the air still, this is an arrangement that we could see a lot more of in the ensuing weeks. Meanwhile, the two stolen bases give Frazier 19 on the season, making him such a valuable fantasy asset at third base.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Broxton was shaky for the second outing in a row Wednesday against the Cubs, giving up a run on three hits while allowing both of his inherited runners to score.
Impact: Broxton gave up rockets to the first two batters he faced before rallying to get out of the inning. But he was helped in large part by the Cubs' Starlin Castro failing to get to second base on a ball hit off the center field wall -- Castro watched the ball nearly all the way up the first base line, thinking it was going out. After that, Broxton settled down, picking up a strikeout and an all-important double play that wouldn't have been otherwise possible. So instead of a blown save, Broxton got his 21st hold of the season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos struck out 10 over seven-plus innings Wednesday against the Cubs, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. He gave up two homers, both first-inning solo shots.
Impact: This outing was actually better than the box score might indicate, as Latos left with none out and two ought in the eighth, but Jonathan Broxton came in and allowed both inherited runners to score before retiring even one batter.
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.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup again Thursday.
Impact: Todd Frazier draws another start at first base with Kristopher Negron at third in the finale against the Cubs. Pena is batting just .242/.277/.290 this month and is 2-for-his-last-20, so manager Bryan Price may be inclined to give more playing time to Negron while Joey Votto (quad) remains out.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corcino was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Impact: Called up last week to fortify the Reds' bullpen, Corcino made his big league debut Tuesday with scoreless, two-strikeout inning against the Cubs. He will head down to Louisville to make room for Thursday's starter Dylan Axelrod, but Corcino figures to return when rosters expand, if only to eat low-leverage innings over the final weeks of the season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup again Thursday.
Impact: Ludwick will sit for a second straight day and for the fourth time in six games, with Skip Schumaker once again manning left in the finale against the Cubs. The 36-year-old Ludwick, who has hit just .190/.232/.365 this month, may play primarily against left-handed pitching over the final weeks of the season.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto took groundballs Wednesday as he continues to take small steps on his way back from a left quadriceps strain, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports. "It's a real gradual recovery," manager Byran Price said of Votto's injury. "It's an injury that needs more than anything, beyond strengthening and therapy, it needs time to recover."
Impact: The Reds will see how he recovers from Wednesday's activity, which comes after he took dry swings and began throwing earlier in the week. Rosecrans reported that Price would not commit to Votto returning or not returning this season, but the Reds' beat writer speculated that it would be unlikely for Votto to play again in 2014. For those in single-season leagues, dropping Votto is a defensible move at this point.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: A second MRI for Bailey's forearm injury did not show the improvement the team was hoping for Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.
Impact: The team is still holding out hope that Bailey will be able to pitch again this season, but with the lack of desired progress Wednesday, it's looking less and less likely that owners will be able to get a few more starts out of the Reds' righty in 2014. Combine Bailey's lack of improvement with the Reds' horrible play in the second half, an there's little reason to hold Bailey in shallow, single-season leagues.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Impact: With manager Bryan Price desiring to get another left-handed batter in the lineup against righty Jacob Turner, Ludwick will give way to Skip Schumaker in left field.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Impact: After handling duties behind the plate Tuesday night while Devin Mesoraco rested, Pena will bow out of the lineup Wednesday. He still looks like the Reds' preferred first base option until Joey Votto returns, so regular at-bats should continue to come his way.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corcino threw a clean inning in his major league debut Tuesday, striking out two.
Impact: After an awful 2013 season, Corcino went down a level to Double-A Pensacola and had a better albeit not great season. Working out of the bullpen will allow to go max effort, however, so the initial results could be pretty good.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto dropped to 15-8 on Tuesday, giving up three runs over 6.1 innings and striking out eight batters in the loss to the Cubs.
Impact: Cueto was victimized by home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara, while the Cubs staff held the Cincinnati offense to just three hits on the night. The right-hander has now taken losses in consecutive outings, but he's otherwise remained right behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in the race for the NL Cy Young award due to his sparkling 2.26 ERA.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (forearm) and the Reds remain hopeful that he can pitch again this season, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bailey has been shut down from throwing for close to three weeks now but still is not completely pain free. The right-hander said the small tear in his right flexor mass tendon is still presenting issues when he tries to grip a baseball, making it rather unlikely that he'll be cleared to progress from strengthening exercises in the immediate future. The Reds recently sent Bailey for an evaluation and are awaiting the results.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axelrod will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday against the Cubs, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Reds will turn back to Axelrod after David Holmberg flopped in his spot start last week, and it sounds like Axelrod will remain in Homer Bailey's rotation spot. Manager Bryan Price said he intends to "get a good look" at the right-hander over the rest of the season. Bailey remains shut down with a small tear in his right flexor mass tendon. The 29-year-old Axelrod turned in a quality outing in his Reds debut Aug. 17 and gave up just two runs on four hits over seven innings in his last start for Louisville.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cingrani (shoulder) is not expected to return to the Reds this season, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The team was holding out hope that Cingrani could contribute in some capacity during the final weeks of the season, but manager Bryan Price finally caved Tuesday, saying "I don't think he would have enough time to get back and be able to help us in September." Cingrani has been out since late June with a shoulder strain and recently had to shut down his throwing program due to an impingement. He was treated with a PRP injection and may need a second one in the coming weeks.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) has begun taking dry swings and throwing, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It may not sound like much, but the exercises represent Votto's first baseball-related activity of any kind since he was shut back down with the quad injury in early June. The Reds are sinking fast, and while the team has not given any indication that Votto could be shut down, it may still be an option depending on his progress in the next 10 days or so. Votto, in the first season of a 10-year, $225 million deal, has hit .255/.390/.409 with six homers in 62 games.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.
Impact: Mesoraco has drastically cooled off at the plate recently, going 0-for-23 in his last five starts, with his only hit in that duration coming as a pinch hitter. Bryan Pena will start behind the plate for the Reds on Tuesday, batting seventh.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Cozart went 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs in Sunday's 5-3 win over Atlanta.
Impact: Cozart had been in a bit of a rut, going 3 for 27 with three RBIs over his previous eight games.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier was 2 for 4 with his 22nd home run in a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
Impact: Frazier isn't exactly setting the world on fire with two homers in his last six games, but it's a heck of an improvement from the 24-game homerless drought he suffered through previously.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Alfredo Simon won for the first time in eight starts Sunday, limiting Atlanta to one run over seven innings in a 5-3 victory, his 13th of the season.
Impact: Simon had been 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA over his past seven starts.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman felt strong even after pitching his fourth inning in three days Saturday.
Impact: He was unavailable to pitch Sunday in a win over Atlanta, but after Monday's off day he should be available to pitch again if needed Tuesday. Given his shoulder worries at the beginning of the week, the last three outings from Chapman have allayed our fears.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds manager Bryan Price praised Cozart's defense Sunday, stating that his observations coincide with the metrics (Defensive Runs Saved, and UZR, as per Fangraphs.com) that suggest he's having the best defensive season in the NL. "Every ball he gets to seems to end up in his glove, and then he makes an accurate throw to first base," Price said. "It's really been a great year for him. I hope it's not overlooked."
Impact: While we focus on the offensive production, or the lack thereof when it comes to Cozart, a player's defense often will still dictate playing time. That, and the Reds have no real alternative that would be a better source for offensive production.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek gave up two runs in the ninth inning against the Braves on Sunday on two hits, one of which was a homer by Evan Gattis.
Impact: The second run was a bit unfair to Ondrusek. He allowed an infield hit and was pulled with two outs and a three-run lead. Jonathan Broxton then allowed the baserunner to advance (it was ruled defensive indifference) and then allowed him to score on a single. Arguably Broxton had more to do with the runner scoring than Ondrusek, but those are the rules.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Broxton earned a shaky save Sunday against the Braves, allowing a hit and two walks before finally recording the final out on a ground ball.
Impact: Broxton was pitching on the third day in a row, which may explain why he was so wild. He was pressed into service with a three-run lead, two outs and a runner on base because Aroldis Chapman was unavailable, having pitched extensively the two previous days.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier hit a long home run Sunday against the Braves as part of a 2-for-4 day. The homer was just his third in 33 games since the All-Star break.
Impact: The vast majority of Frazier's good work continues to happen at home. He's hit 16 of his 22 homers in Great American Ballpark, and he's slugging .529 there as opposed to .392 on the road. The Reds will split their six games in the upcoming week between home and in Pittsburgh.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon finally turned in a good post-All-Star-break start Sunday, holding the Braves to one run on five hits and a walk, striking out six to get the win.
Impact: Everything finally came together for Simon on Sunday after a miserable stretch following the break. He was far more pitch-efficient as well, needing 99 pitches to get through his seven innings. He's now thrown 160.1 innings this season, by far more than he's ever thrown in a major league season and just six innings short of his professional high (in 2004 no less). It'll be interesting to see how the Reds address his workload in September.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heisey picked up a rare start against a right-handed starter Saturday and went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Impact: Heisey has continued to regress in 2014 after a down year in 2013, hitting just .222/.272/.356 in spot duty over 225 at-bats. He's now 29, and we're no longer looking for him to fulfill any untapped potential.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Bailey (flexor mass tendon) has shown improvement, he isn't ready yet to begin throwing. "There's a definite improvement from where he was prior to [the injection]," manager Bryan Price said. "But he's not ready to initiate a throwing program yet."
Impact: Bailey also had an ultrasound examination Friday. He's increasing exercises, but there isn't a published target date for him to start throwing, let alone for him to return. Given the Reds' precipitous fall out of the playoff race, Bailey might not make more than a token appearance for the remainder of the season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman fanned the three Braves batters he faced in the ninth inning Saturday for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Impact: Chapman pitched two scoreless innings Friday, before dominating the ninth Saturday to pick up his 27th save of the season. Excluding his four-walk debacle at Colorado last Sunday, the All-Star closer has allowed only one earned run in the months of July and August combined.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake pitched into the seventh inning, giving up a pair of hits and three walks while striking out six to pick up the win against the Braves on Saturday.
Impact: To top it off, Leake hit a double and scored the game's only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak. For the season, Cincinnati has lost 31 one-run games, the most in the league. Though it's of little consequence to fantasy managers, Leake now has 67 career hits, the most by any pitcher in the majors since his debut in 2010.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
Impact: Ludwick will sit for the second time in three days as Skip Schumaker starts in left and bats second against right-hander Ervin Santana. While Ludwick went 7-for-22 with two homers and two doubles on the team's recent road trip, he's still batting just .211/.246/.404 in August.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce is out of the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price will give Bruce a day off -- why he didn't just do so Friday against lefty Mike Minor is anyone's guess -- opening the door for Chris Heisey to step in at right field against right-hander Ervin Santana. It's been a massively disappointing season for Bruce, as his .675 OPS is more than 120 points below his career mark.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
Impact: With an 0-for-5 showing Friday, Mesoraco is now 1-for-28 in his last nine games. His batting average has fallen an even 20 points since July 31, but the 26-year-old's overall numbers still rank him among the top fantasy catchers. Brayan Pena will catch and bat fifth in his absence Saturday.
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.
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.