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Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon was charged with three runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three while lasting just 4.1 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Friday night.
Impact: Simon (12-5, 2.86 ERA) had a string of eight consecutive quality starts snapped last time out, and he wasn't particularly sharp in this one, needing 89 pitches (59 for strikes) to record just 13 outs. His strand rate and rather pedestrian strikeout rate suggest some regression may be expected so his next start, at home against Arizona, may help define expectations for his fantasy owners going forward.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart (hand) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Impact: An errant Jimmy Nelson pitch plunked Cozart on his right hand Tuesday, but X-rays were negative and the 28-year-old will slot back into the lineup Friday against right-hander Tanner Roark. Cozart is batting just .220/.292/.254 so far in July, and he hasn't posted an OPS above .628 in any month this season.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Leake lost his second straight start in Wednesday's 5-1 defeat at Milwaukee, surrendering four runs and a season high-matching 11 hits in six innings.
Impact: Leake has now given up exactly four runs in three straight outings and owns a 4.83 ERA over his last five starts.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake gave up four runs on 11 hits over six innings in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Impact: Leake allowed five singles but did not give up a run though the first four frames, but he surrendered two runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. The right-hander has now given up eight hits or more in each of his last five outings, resulting in a 4.83 ERA for the month of July. His rotation spot likely isn't in any jeopardy, but Leake will continue to make for a risky fantasy option until he turns it around.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey came away without a decision in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Brewers, giving up three runs and four hits over six innings.
Impact: Bailey has just one win in his last seven starts despite posting a respectable 3.57 ERA.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron is feeling fine after he was struck in the head on a pickoff throw Tuesday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Negron fell to the ground immediately after pitcher Francisco Rodriguez's errant throw caught him on the side of the helmet. He would remain in the game after being examined by the team trainer, and will not need to follow the league's concussion protocol. The 28-year-old has only seen nine at-bats with the Reds since his July 10 callup, but has homered in two of them.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart (finger), who is out of the lineup Wednesday, indicated his right hand was feeling better, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: After X-rays on Cozart's sore digits came back negative following Tuesday's game, the shortstop is being labeled as day-to-day. He was set to test out his injury by throwing in batting practice, and could still be available off the bench for Wednesday's game.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is starting at first base and batting third in the order for the first time in his career for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Pena's spot in the batting order speaks volumes about the state of the Reds offense right now. He's hitting .256/.288/.396 over 207 at-bats so far this season.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart (finger) is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Brewers, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Cozart was forced out of Tuesday's game early after taking a pitch off two fingers on his right hand. X-rays after the game came back negative and the injury seems unlikely to result in a long-term absence for Cozart, but the Reds will unsurprisingly play it safe and rest him during Wednesday's afternoon tilt. Ramon Santiago will handle shortstop duties.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Cozart left the Cincinnati Reds game with the Milwaukee Brewers after being hit in the right hand by a pitch while attempting to bunt.
Impact: X-rays on the first two fingers of his hand were negative, and the team said he was day-to-day.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos yielded five runs (four earned) over seven frames in Monday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Latos was undone by shoddy defense behind him, as two errors resulted in the unearned run, while a pair of misplays in the outfield by Chris Heisey further contributed to the pitcher's demise. The 26-year-old's strikeout rate (5.1 K/9) has fallen off steeply in his seven starts with the Reds this season, but he's otherwise produced as expected since returning from the DL.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) hitting the DL, Partch will come back up from Louisville after being optioned less than two weeks ago. In four appearances (5.1 total innings) for Cincinnati this season, Partch has allowed only one hit but has walked five batters.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ondrusek has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 13 with a strained right shoulder, the Reds' official site reports. Curtis Partch will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: The 29-year-old reliever last appeared July 12 against the Pirates, striking out two batters in his one inning. Ondrusek has appeared in 29 games this season, hurling 31.1 innings while posting a 4.31 ERA. His replacement, Curtis Partch, is also a right-handed reliever who has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings in four major-league appearances this season.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.
Impact: Bailey had to prove over the weekend that he was fit enough to pitch Tuesday after leaving his last start early with a knee strain. The only thing that he struggled with against the Brewers was keeping the ball in the ballpark. Three of the four hits he surrendered were solo home runs. It's not that often that someone gives up three runs and still qualifies for a quality start, but that's what Bailey did Tuesday. He'll face a less potent lineup in his next start Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart left Tuesday's game against the Brewers after getting hit by a pitch on the first two fingers of his right hand, but X-rays came back negative and he is day-to-day, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Ramon Santiago replaced Cozart at shortstop after the hit-by-pitch, and would figure to start if Cozart can't take the field for Wednesday's game. The Reds' starting shortstop is slugging less than .300.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds placed right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder and recalled Partch from Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: Partch has pitched in four games with the Reds in 2014. He is 1-0 and has not allowed a run.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds placed Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder before Tuesday night's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Ondrusek is 3-1 with an ERA of 4.31 in 29 games this season.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton went 2 for 4 with a homer in Monday's 5-2 loss at Milwaukee.
Impact: Four of Hamilton's six homers have come against the Brewers.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (knee) has been confirmed as Tuesday's starter against the Brewers.
Impact: In addition to a pair of full bullpen sessions over the weekend, Bailey was also able to run at full speed and was thus given the green light to start Tuesday against Milwaukee. The right-hander was forced off the mound after 71 pitches in his last start due to a knee strain, but the Reds were able to buy Bailey a bit of extra time to heal by adjusting their rotation coming out of the All-Star break.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton went 2-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season in Monday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Remarkably, four of Hamilton's six long balls have come against Milwaukee this season. After Hamilton collected just 13 homers over his five seasons in the minors, not much power was expected to come along with his bounty of stolen bases, but he's been a pleasant surprise in that department to date.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) had a second platelet-rich-plasma injection Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds are still looking at a five-week timetable for Votto's return.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) has begun throwing, but still can't catch, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips isn't expected back until late August or early September - this is just one small step in his rehab program.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto needed 112 pitches to last five innings Sunday, matching his shortest start this season.
Impact: Cueto struck out seven and allowed two runs. He faces the Nats next time.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup Monday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Pena has made five straight starts for the Reds, but will receive a day off Monday. Donald Lutz will take over at first base, while Devin Meroraco returns to his regular role catching after a day off Sunday. Although batting just .251 on the year, Pena has hit safely in all but two of his July starts. Despite the day off Monday, he seems to be the favorite to resume regular reps at first base in the absence of Joey Votto.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Bruce struck out three times Sunday in addition to making a costly error, so manager Bryan Price will give him a day off to clear his head. The 27-year-old hasn't been living up to his career numbers so far this season, and to make matters worse, he's hit just .138/.180/.310 since July 1. Skip Schumaker will take over in right field, while Donald Lutz mans first base.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos (lower back) is pain-free and cleared to make his start Monday night against the Brewers.
Impact: Latos has had two strong starts against the Brewers' righty-heavy lineup already this season. After short outings from their starters this weekend in New York, the Reds need Latos to work deep into the game Monday.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto lasted just five innings Sunday against the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out seven.
Impact: As indicated by the high walk total, Cueto struggled with his control and ran his pitch-count high early on, including walking the ninth hitter in the lineup twice. Ultimately, the Reds' lack of timely hitting and a missed pop-up cost them the game, but Cueto's short outing also taxed the bullpen.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LeCure threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief Sunday against the Yankees, including working out of a bases loaded jam that he inherited in the sixth inning.
Impact: One of LeCure's strengths last year was eliminating inherited runners. He hasn't been quite as strong in that department this year, but overall he's still been a reliable middle-innings reliever.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman got the loss Sunday against the Yankees, giving up two hits while striking out one in a tie game in the ninth inning.
Impact: The second "hit" was a pop-up by Brian McCann that dropped between Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Skip Schumaker, when all three lost the ball in the sun. However, Chapman earned his part in the loss by allowing Jacoby Ellsbury to reach earlier on a single, steal second without a throw and reach third on a wild pitch.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon suffered a rare defeat Saturday.
Impact: Simon fell to 12-4 this year and 0-3 in seven games, including four starts, against the Yankees. The right-hander allowed four runs - two earned - and five hits in five innings, the first time he failed to finish six innings since going 3 2-3 in a 6-3 loss at Dodger Stadium on May 27. He went 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his next eight starts.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (knee) threw another full bullpen session Saturday and is confident he'll make his start Tuesday. "I don't see why there would be any setbacks or anything," Bailey said Sunday. "We'll kind of see how it goes. You don't really know, but I have a pretty good idea [that] everything should be fine."
Impact: Bailey also ran at full speed Saturday. He was able to avoid needing a cortisone shot in his knee over the All-Star break.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: Mesoraco has caught the last five games for the Reds, so it was likely time for a regular day off. The 26-year-old backstop continues to have a successful season, slashing .298/.367/.591 with 16 home runs.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soto was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
Impact: Soto had been up with the Reds while Skip Schumaker was on the 7-day concussion DL, but with Schumaker ready for action, Soto's services as a reserve infielder were no longer needed. The 25-year-old is just 3-for-30 at the plate this season, but could be called upon down the stretch if a need for infield help arises.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schumaker was activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Sunday. He'll bat second and man the keystone for the afternoon tilt.
Impact: Schumaker hasn't played since July 10, but is ready for action Sunday afternoon. The utility man should see relatively consistent reps with the Reds moving forward, especially with the absence of Brandon Phillips (thumb) at second base. Neftali Soto was sent down to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: GM Walt Jocketty revised Phillips' (thumb) timeline for a return while speaking with ESPN.com's Jim Bowden on Sunday, stating that he expects the second baseman to return from the disabled list in approximately five weeks.
Impact: The news shaves about two weeks off the 8-to-12-week timetable that Phillips was initially given after he was diagnosed with a torn left thumb ligament July 10. Still, the knowledge that Phillips will likely return in early September in a best-case scenario makes it tough to justify holding him in single-season leagues. He hadn't helped his cause prior to suffering the injury by batting .272 with seven homers and 40 RBI, well off the pace of his 2013 totals of 18 and 103, respectively.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds GM Walt Jocketty told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden that he expects Votto (quadriceps) to return in approximately five weeks.
Impact: While it's nice to know that the Reds have a clear expected timetable for Votto's return, it's tough to justify holding the first baseman in single-season leagues with the knowledge that he'll only be available for a month in what likely amounts to a best-case scenario. It hasn't helped matters that an ailing Votto was only slashing .255/.390/.409 before landing on the disabled list, and there's no indication that he'll return to All-Star form even after the Reds clear him to resume duties as a fixture in the heart of their lineup.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoover gave up three runs on four hits in an inning Saturday to let the Yankees blow the game wide open.
Impact: Hoover has allowed at least one run in his last three outings, and his ERA is back up to 5.49. He's dropped pretty low from originally being part of the closer committee to begin the year when both Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton were on the DL.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Yankees. He also committed a critical two-base error early in the game.
Impact: The Reds were shut down by Brandon McCarthy on Saturday and have 23 strikeouts in their first two games after the break. They're counting on Bruce to provide a little more with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips out, and so far he hasn't been up to the task against McCarthy and David Phelps.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Pena hit two solo homers Friday for the Reds.
Impact: Pena raised his slugging percentage to .403 but he is not a power hitter by anyh means.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier went 2-for-4 and stole his 15th base of the season in the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Impact: Most everyone knows about the 19 home runs Frazier has supplied to this point, but his 15 steals lead all third baseman by a wide margin. The 28-year-old is now batting .289/.350/.495 through 96 games this season, and he's being relied on to anchor the offense from the three-hole with both Joey Votto (quad) and Brandon Phillips (thumb) sidelined.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heisey went 1-for-4 with his fourth homer of the year in the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Impact: The 29-year-old has seen a fairly significant uptick in playing time of late, as he's now started five of the Reds' last six games, and he's taken advantage of his increased opportunities (8-for-his-last-23). Skip Schumaker (concussion) will be taking on a larger role at second base with Brandon Phillips (thumb) out, so the door is open for Heisey to continue sharing time in left field with Ryan Ludwick.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon was charged with four runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. He struck out four.
Impact: Simon's streak of eight consecutive quality starts came to an end Saturday, but it was by no means a terrible outing for the first-time All-Star. He allowed just six baserunners in his five innings, and only one of the hits against him went for extra bases -- the solo homer by Carlos Beltran in the second inning. That said, Simon's bloated strand rate and modest strikeout rate suggests at least a slight regression is likely in store in the second half.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schumaker passed his latest concussion test but must wait for the league and the Player's Association to sign off on the results before he can be activated, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price has already submitted his lineup card for Saturday's game, and Schumaker is absent yet again, but it sounds like the 34-year-old is close to returning to action. If both the league and the Player's Association sign off on the results of the concussion test, Schumaker could be back as soon as Sunday and would likely see near-everyday time while Brandon Phillips (thumb) is on the mend.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lutz will serve as the designated hitter and bat eighth Saturday against the Yankees, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the DH option available to him in New York, manager Bryan Price will get Lutz his first start since June 8. In 10 games with the big club, Lutz is just 3-for-16 with a double, but on the season, he's hit .284/.346/.505 with 10 homers in 55 games between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Yankees.
Impact: Ludwick finished the first half on a high note, notching seven hits in his final three games to push his season line to .270/.329/.407. He served as the designated hitter in the opener against the Yankees, but Donald Lutz will get the start at DH on Saturday with Chris Heisey in left field. With Skip Schumaker (concussion) likely seeing more time at second base upon his return, Ludwick figures to see most of the time in left.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: Leake (7-8, 3.63 ERA) was in the game until he served up a two-run home run to Jacoby Ellsbury that gave the Yankees a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He'll take on division-rival Milwaukee on the road next time out.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena was 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in a losing cause against the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: He took Yankees starter David Phelps deep twice for his fourth and fifth long ones of the season but they came with no one on base so they weren't enough to claim a victory. He's hitting .255 and has 19 RBI, but should continue to get more playing time with Joey Votto on the shelf.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday. He was assigned to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: The Rangers cut Murphy loose last Thursday after he hit just .196/.268/.330 in 45 games with the big club. While Murphy did post a .849 OPS in 46 games with the Cubs last season, it seems unlikely he'll be anything more than organization infield depth with the Reds, who just lost Brandon Phillips (thumb) for an extended period.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (hamstring) will be available for Friday's game against the Yankees, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman tweaked his hamstring while covering first base in the eighth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game, but he told manager Bryan Price that he's good to go for Friday.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey (knee) threw a full bullpen session Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Afterward, manager Bryan Price reiterated that Bailey is on track to make his next start, Tuesday against Milwaukee. Bailey was forced off the mound after 71 pitches in his last start due to a strained knee, but thanks to the All-Star break, he will not even miss one turn in the rotation.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schumaker (concussion) has not been cleared to play, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Along with the concussion he suffered last weekend, Schumaker is also reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury. He is without a set timetable for a return, but Schumaker figures to see regular time between second base and left when healthy, at least until Brandon Phillips (thumb) returns. Ramon Santiago will man the keystone Friday.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Bryan Price said the Reds expect Votto (quadriceps), who was placed on the DL last week, to return in a matter of weeks, MLB.com's Manny Randhawa reports. "It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more about weeks; I'm not talking months and months," Price said of Votto's expected return date.
Impact: Price noted that Votto remains without a clear timetable, but in narrowing down a possible return to weeks rather than months, hope has been created that Votto will play again this season. If that proves to be the case, the question will be whether Votto will be his old power-hitting, on-base machine self or the diminished version he's been while playing through the quad strain for much of 2014.
Tue. July 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Chapman appeared to be limping when he ran to cover first base on a ground ball during Tuesday's All-Star game.
Impact: Continue to monitor his progress.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier advanced to the overall finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby by hitting one homer in the NL finals while Miami's Giancarlo Stanton was shut out.
Impact: This is not the kind of drama major league baseball expected for the event, and might have led some viewers to switch channels.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: After hitting 19 homers in each of the previous two seasons, Frazier has 19 at the break. He's been one of this season's biggest bargains thus far.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto allowed three runs over six innings to beat Pittsburgh 6-3 on Sunday.
Impact: Cueto, 5-1 over his last seven starts, will carry a 2.13 ERA into the season's second half.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heisey went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in the Reds' 6-3 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Impact: Heisey has scored a run in each of his last four games. It's only his second multi-hit game since May, but both have come in the last week, raising his batting average to .236.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save in the Reds' 6-3 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Impact: The save was Chapman's 21st on the year. He hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.12 in the process. In just 28.2 innings, Chapman ranks 10th among relievers in strikeouts.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven to take the win in the Reds' 6-3 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
Impact: Cueto has won his last two starts, though his ERA rose to 2.13 in the process. He ranks fifth in the league in ERA and third in WHIP (0.89). He won't pitch the Tuesday's All-Star game and he might need the rest; Cueto has is third in the league in innings pitched with 143.2.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cincinnati Reds said on Sunday that Simon has been added to the National League team for Tuesday's All-Star game. This is Simon's first All-Star game.
Impact: Simon (12-3), who was the first NL pitcher to reach 12 wins is tied with St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the league lead. Simon joins fellow Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, left-hander Aroldis Chapman, third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco on the NL team.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer in a 6-5 loss in 11 innings to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Impact: Frazier's home run was his first in 20 games since June 22. He has a team-best 18 this season and is one shy of matching his output from each of the past two years. He will participate in the All-Star home run derby next week.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier went 2-for-4 with a three-run, go-ahead bomb in the sixth inning Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Frazier unloaded on a 414-foot monster to center that capped a five-run sixth that sprung the Reds ahead of the Bucs 5-4. One of the biggest surprises of 2014, the well-deserving All-Star has just one game remaining before he gets to dig in alongside four NL comrades in the Home Run Derby at Target Field. In 357 at-bats this season, Frazier has swatted 18 homers, knocked in 51 runs, plated 56 runs, and is hitting .291 with 14 stolen bases.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake lasted six innings Saturday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while walking three and fanning two in a no decision versus the visiting Pirates.
Impact: The pair of strikeouts tied a season-low for Leake, who also walked more than two batters for just the third time in 19 starts this year, so he was a little off in terms of his standards. Nonetheless, he still owns a respectable 3.54 ERA to go with a 1.24 WHIP and 7-7 record in 127 innings heading into the All-Star break.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds called up Soto before the second game of their series on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, shoring up their depleted infield.
Impact: The Reds have put three infielders on the disabled list this week. First baseman Joey Votto is out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss six weeks. Skip Schumaker is out for a week with a concussion. It's Soto's second stint with the Reds this season. He went 3 for 28 with no homers and one RBI.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton went 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in Friday's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Hamilton's average now sits at .285, the highest it's been all year. He's 10 for 21 over the last six games.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos has been diagnosed with a strained back but is still expected to make his first start after the All-Star break, Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: It doesn't sound like Latos is a sure thing to make his next start, but the Reds are at least optimistic. The team could allow him to get some extra rest, in which case he'd likely pitch on July 21 or 22 in Milwaukee, instead of July 19 or 20 in the Bronx. Latos was previously said to be dealing with back spasms, after he was removed from Friday's start in the fifth inning.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soto was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: In 19 games with the big club earlier this season, Soto went just 3-for-28, and while he has fared better at Louisville (.333/.371/.496), he doesn't seem to be under consideration to take on a significant role at first base with Joey Votto (quad) out. More than likely, Soto will only be up for the final two games before the break.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Partch walked the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Friday's game but managed to escape without allowing a run and ended up earning his first career win, after the Reds took the lead in the top of the ninth. He threw 38 pitches in the frame and likely wasn't going to be available for the final two games of the Pirates series, so the Reds sent him down and brought up another bench bat in Neftali Soto.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santiago will bat second Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Following a 3-for-4, two-RBI showing in Friday's win, Santiago will be rewarded with a start in the two-hole Saturday against right-hander Charlie Morton. Santiago will likely be in the lineup Sunday as well, but Skip Schumaker (concussion) seems like a better bet for playing time at second base at the start of the second half.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Pirates on Friday night.
Impact: He returned to the lineup after a routine day off Thursday and swatted his 16th home run of the year while collecting his 44th RBI. He is also providing a very handy .303 batting average, so it would be difficult to ask for more from your fantasy team's catcher.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santiago had a productive night at the dish Friday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in a win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: He has just six RBI on the year to go with a modest .260 average in limited playing time, but with Brandon Phillips out for the next few weeks, there is going to be a big uptick in opportunities if the Reds stick with him as the primary fill-in. Even with the increase in at-bats, he still isn't likely to be much of an offensive boost in anything but the deepest of leagues.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton returned to the lineup Friday night after taking Thursday night off, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI as the Reds came from behind to down the Pirates.
Impact: He sat out Thursday to nurse a sore hamstring, which has been bothering him for months, and while the three-hit night was nice, he was also picked off once and was caught stealing for the 14th time.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman tossed a clean ninth inning, recording three strikeouts and logging his 20th save in a 6-5 win over the Pirates on Friday night.
Impact: Chapman remains almost untouchable when he is on and his first strikeout in this one broke Bruce Sutter's record for consecutive appearances with at least one punchout - this was Chapman's 40th straight. He needed just 14 pitches Friday, but it was his fourth consecutive day on the mound, so he probably not going to see a save chance should one arise Saturday.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Latos left after five innings Friday night - his shortest outing of the season - because of spasms in his lower back, yet another injury to the depleted Reds.
Impact: Latos pulled up after running hard to first base trying to beat out a bunt in the second inning. Manager Bryan Price and a trainer came out to check on him in the third and fifth innings.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Schumaker has been reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and is in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup against the New York Yankees.
Impact: Schumaker was set to bat second and play second base Sunday in place of injured Brandon Phillips. To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. Schumaker was injured when he ran into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch July 10 against the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old utility man was batting .240 with a home run and 14 RBIs.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos left Friday's game after the fifth inning with lower back spasms, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Latos was checked on by the trainer on two separate occasions but ultimately stayed in to finish the fifth frame. His next start isn't due until after the All-Star break, so it is possible he will not even miss a start.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos left Friday's game after just 71 pitches with an apparent injury, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Impact: Latos stayed in to finish the fifth inning after being looked at on two separate occasions Friday, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning. It is unclear if an injury was indeed the reason he left the game, but his next start wouldn't be until after the All-Star break, so he may not miss a start even if he is dealing with an injury.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lutz was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Impact: Lutz will be up for his second stint with the big club this season, replacing the injured Skip Schumaker (concussion) on the active roster. There's a chance Lutz could see a start at first or in one of the corner outfield spots this weekend, but he'll likely find himself back with Louisville to begin the second half.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schumaker was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday.
Impact: The injury presumably occurred in the 12th inning of Thursday's game, when Schumaker crashed into the right field wall attempting to get to a Luis Valbuena triple. Donald Lutz was recalled to replace Schumaker, who will be eligible to return when play resumes next Friday. Schumaker figures to see regular time at second base and in left when healthy.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnhart was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Impact: Barnhart will move down to make room for Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch on the active roster for the Reds. The team still has two catchers on the roster with Devin Mesoraco and Brayan Pena, so the move makes sense for a team that is looking to add arms to the bullpen.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Partch was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
Impact: Considering Partch's 5.61 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 28 appearances with Louisville this season, he is likely not long for a role in the major league bullpen. He'll simply provide depth for the final three games of the first half.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips (thumb) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Impact: This was inevitable after it was revealed Thursday that Phillips will require surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Initial reports suggested he will likely miss at least eight weeks -- other media outlets suggest he could make it back in about six weeks -- so a move to the 60-day could end up being an option if the Reds get desperate for a 40-man spot. Look for the Reds to rely on Skip Schumaker and Ramon Santiago to primarily handle the keystone, barring a trade.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman's status for Friday's game is uncertain after he pitched each of the previous three days.
Impact: Although Chapman did just pitch on four consecutive days at the end of June, he blew a save on the fourth day, so manager Bryan Price may be inclined to turn elsewhere in the opener against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton has only gone two days in a row, so he's the top candidate to take a save chance Friday, but Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek and Manny Parra could be options as well.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schumaker is not in the Reds' lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Impact: Schumaker will take a seat in the series opener against Pittsburgh after starting three straight, as Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey will cover the corner outfield spots, Ramon Santiago will handle the keystone and Jay Bruce will man first. With Brandon Phillips expected to miss two months following thumb surgery, Schumaker figures to move into a near-everyday role with Cincinnati, playing regularly at second base and in left. There's not a whole lot to like from a fantasy perspective (.240/.287/.315, one homer), but the RBI and runs scored should at least pile up at a quicker rate.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton (hamstring) is back in the lineup Friday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Jamie Ramsey reports.
Impact: Hamilton missed Thursday's game due to hamstring tightness, but will return to action Friday after just one game off. He admitted that he's been dealing with the minor ailment since spring, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him awarded a routine day off on occasion down the stretch. He'll return to his regular role in center field and batting leadoff.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday with an apparent injury in the sixth inning. Bailey was delivering a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro, but he didn't throw the ball while gingerly completing his motion. After a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and manager Bryan Price, during which Bailey pointed to a spot on the mound, he walked off the field and was replaced by the right-hander Sam LeCure.
Impact: The Reds were leading 4-3. Bailey, who entered with an 8-5 record, allowed three hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit two batters while throwing 71 pitches.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds have put Phillips on the 15-day disabled list following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb that is expected to sideline him about six weeks.
Impact: Phillips hurt his thumb while sliding on an attempted catch Wednesday. The Reds already are missing first baseman Joey Votto. He is on the disabled list indefinitely with a sprained muscle above his left knee.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Hamilton was bothered by a tight left hamstring.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Cincinnati optioned Contreras to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Impact: Contreras allowed one run in 4 1-3 innings over three games since being promoted from Double-A Pensacola on June 21.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cincinnati Reds promoted infielder Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Impact: Negron hit .269 with three home runs in more than 75 games with the Bats. In his only previous major league experience, he was 1-for-4 over four games with Cincinnati in 2012.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton was a combined 4 for 8 in Cincinnati's doubleheader with the Cubs on Tuesday.
Impact: Hamilton is 5 for his last 12 and 35 for 103 (.340) over his last 24 games with 21 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto won for the fourth time in six starts in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Cubs.
Impact: Cueto, who gave up two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings, is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in his last six outings - though that mark his still worse than his season ERA of 2.03.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Leake won for the fourth time in five starts Monday, allowing two earned runs over seven innings in a 9-3 victory over the Cubs.
Impact: Leake is 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA over his last five starts.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce was 2 for 4 Monday with his ninth homer of the year.
Impact: Bruce has homered in back-to-back games after going 0 for 21 in his previous six contests.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Pena was activated from the paternity list prior to Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Impact: Pena is expected to be the primary fill-in at first base with Joey Votto on the disabled list.
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Texas designated Murphy for assignment on Monday.
Impact: The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Murphy to the minor leagues. He was hitting .196.
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco had three hits Sunday.
Impact: Mesoraco has been a fantasy find with a 1.013 OPS.
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce ended his slump Sunday.
Impact: Bruce emerged from his 0-for-26 skid with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, proving the veteran could fight through adversity. "I knew I wasn't going to go 0-for-my-career," Bruce said. "I'd been making hard contact. I really didn't feel like I was 0-for-so-much."
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Latos allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings Sunday.
Impact: Latos made his fifth start since recovering from torn knee cartilage and a strained pitching forearm that sidelined him until June 14. He pitched well and faces the Bucs next.
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds placed Votto back on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a nagging thigh injury that is expected to limit him for the rest of the season.
Impact: The Reds are talking about trading for an experienced first baseman as a backup. Nobody else on the roster has much experience at first. Outfielder Jay Bruce made his first appearance there since high school on Monday night. Votto earlier missed 23 games while on the DL with a strained muscle above his left knee. Tests found he has aggravated the injury.
Sun. July 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Cincinnati called Barnhart up from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, his third stint with the Reds this season.
Impact: The move coincided with Brayan Pena going on the paternity list to be with his wife as she gave birth.
Sun. July 6, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds put Pena on the paternity list before the final game of their series against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Impact: Pena flew to Florida to be with his wife as she gave birth. Pena is batting .256 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 59 games, starting at catcher and at first base.