News: Phillips left Friday's game against the Cubs in the third inning with back spasms, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips appeared to tweak his back on a swing in the first inning, and while he stayed in the game initially (and even singled in the same at-bat), the 32-year-old left after striking out in the third. The Reds have labeled his removal as precautionary, but Phillips' status for the rest of the weekend series against the Cubs is up in the air.
News: Phillips was removed from Friday's game against the Cubs in the bottom of the third inning, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: After striking out to end the top of the third frame, Phillips was seen talking to manager Bryan Price and ultimately left the dugout to visit the trainers. Ramon Santiago came into the game at second base, while an update on Phillips' status will likely be provided in relatively short order.
News: Broxton picked up his second save of the year Friday against the Cubs, striking out two while walking one.
Impact: If needed, Broxton probably could pitch Saturday, as the Reds were off Thursday and Johnny Cueto pitched a complete game Wednesday. He threw 15 pitches, 10 for strikes, to complete Friday's save.
News: Simon gave up just one unearned run over six-plus innings Friday to beat the Cubs. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Impact: The decision to stretch Simon out in spring training has paid big dividends, as he's pitched well in all three starts. "Extremely impressed," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I know that he was a waiver-claim guy for us, and I think he pitched in 36 games in 2012 for us out of the bullpen and about 60 last year, but he has been remarkable. He's wanted more opportunity, we've given that to him. I think it was a good idea that we brought him into camp in case we had an injury or didn't have the depth, and our good fortune is that he came in ready to go and had a great spring and is off to a good start."
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Chapman has been cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game on March 19. Chapman sustained fractures of his nose and and a bone above his left eye when hit by the drive off the bat of Kansas City's Salvador Perez.
Impact: Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday he wasn't sure exactly when Chapman will throw but said it likely will be during the team's 10-game trip that ends April 27. Price also said Chapman will go on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment before rejoining the Reds.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Phillips left Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of back spasms.
Impact: Phillips appeared to get hurt swinging and missing during in the first inning. After a visit from manager Bryan Price and a trainer, Phillips singled. Phillips struck out in the third, and the Reds said they replaced him with Ramon Santiago in the bottom half as a precaution.
News: Chapman (head) has been cleared to throw live batting practice, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman has progressed to throwing bullpen sessions from a mound, and getting clearance to face live hitters represents the next significant step in his rehab. It was reported Thursday that he should receive this clearance by the end of the month, but considering that it's April 18, this report suggests that he may be ahead of schedule. If he emerges from these live sessions free of setbacks, look for Chapman to embark upon a rehab assignment relatively soon.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Impact: Votto has all four of his home runs and eight of his nine RBIs in the past six games. He's boosted his average to .327 by going 9 for 20 (.450) in that stretch.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Impact: Cueto (1-2, 1.50 ERA) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 in the NL wild card playoff at PNC Park last year. He limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.
News: Leake enjoyed an amazing fantasy night Tuesday.
Impact: Leake gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings to earn his second win. He also doubled and hit a two-run homer. He's not just another pitcher trying to get in a few swings.
News: Phillips is 3 for 9 in the first two games of a series vs. the Bucs.
Impact: Phillips has failed to homer in nine straight games so that's a big negative.
News: Mesoraco is 4 for 8 in the first two games of a series vs. the Bucs.
Impact: Mesoraco is a rising fantasy star who is 11 for 22 with nine RBIs this year. One fun fact about the catcher is that he hails from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania - the place known for the famous groundhog that predicts the weather.
Todd Frazier - #21 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Frazier is 3 for 7 with two HRs in the first two games of a series vs. the Bucs.
Impact: Frazier has driven in four runs in the series that ends Wednesday.
News: Votto is 5 for 7 with two walks in the first two games of a series vs. the Bucs.
Impact: Votto knows how to get on base and slug the baseball, as seen by his 1.014 OPS.
News: Bailey was subpar Monday.
Impact: Bailey struck out nine in five innings but also allowed five runs. He'll start this weekend at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, weather permitting.
News: Chapman (head) could throw a live batting practice session by the end of the month, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman recently resumed throwing from a mound, and he will still need to throw a few more bullpen sessions before he is cleared to face hitters. Chapman will be out several more weeks, but if he continues to make progress and is able to head out on a rehab assignment in early May, he should return to the Reds around the middle of next month.
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, according to the Reds' Jamie Ramsey.
Impact: Mesoraco has tallied 11 hits -- including three home runs -- over his last six games, but he will get a day off with the Reds playing a day game following a night game. Brayan Pena will get the nod behind the plate in Mesoraco's place.
News: Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, according to the Reds' Jamie Ramsey.
Impact: Bruce has not had a day off this season, but he will receive one against tough left-hander Francisco Liriano on Thursday after tallying just three hits in his last 10 games. Chris Heisey will get the start in right field in Bruce's place.
News: Mesoraco remained on fire Tuesday night, getting three more hits in the Reds' win over the Pirates.
Impact: At some point the Reds will have to consider moving Mesoraco higher in the lineup, given how well he's hitting and how poorly others are hitting. He's taking great advantage of his first full-time starting opportunity.
News: Votto went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night against the Pirates, continuing his recent hot streak.
Impact: Votto started to turn the ship around a week ago in St. Louis with a two-hit night and continued that through the last eight days. He'll have a tough matchup Wednesday against Francisco Liriano, but he's back to vintage Votto as of late.
News: Hamilton went 1-for-1 Tuesday but was caught stealing against the Pirates.
Impact: Hamilton had the night off Tuesday, and reached base as a pinch hitter. It was noteworthy, however, because he was thrown out trying to steal a base for the second time this season, this time by Russell Martin. He is now 2-for-4 on steal attempts in the young season.
News: Broxton locked up his first save of the season Tuesday, giving up a hit and a walk without letting any runners score against the Pirates.
Impact: Meanwhile Aroldis Chapman is progressing very well in his recovery, and could be back in the closer's role for the Reds in a matter of weeks. Broxton should get most, if not all, of the save opportunities before Chapman's return, but he's definitely just a short-term option for those chasing saves.
News: Leake allowed three runs on five hits and a walk Tuesday, but fanned eight Pirates in 6.2 innings to help secure his second win of the season.
Impact: Leake aided his own cause Tuesday, as he is wont to do, hitting a home run and also bashing a double, both off Gerrit Cole. He has won his last four starts against the Pirates, and will be back on the mound to face them in Pittsburgh for his next start Monday.
News: Ludwick is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.
Impact: Ludwick got in on the party Monday, smacking one of the 10 homers hit at Great American Ballpark before the game was suspended, but he'll park it Tuesday. Chris Heisey will take over in left and lead off against right-hander Gerrit Cole.
News: Hamilton is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Impact: Hamilton will take a seat after starting seven straight games, as Roger Bernadina takes over in center and Chris Heisey leads off against right-hander Gerrit Cole. In four games since his three-hit effort last Wednesday, Hamilton is just 1-for-17.
News: Bailey gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings Monday against the Pirates, striking out nine and walking none. The game was tied after six innings before getting suspended due to a rainstorm, but Bailey will leave with a no-decision regardless.
Impact: Bailey gave up a whopping four homers, giving up the lead multiple times. So far there have been 10 homers between the two teams in the game. "It seemed like everything they hit went out -- anything up in the air left the yard," Bailey said. "Don't get me wrong, there were a few of them that were just terrible pitches that they hit really good. Some of them were ... you have 10 home runs in one night, I don't think it's just bad pitching. I didn't walk anybody, I punched out nine over five innings. It's one of those tough ones to look at as what all did I do wrong, there were a lot of things we did right. It was just a weird night."
Neftali Soto - #50 - First Base - 6'1" - 214lbs
News: Soto notched his first major league hit Monday night with a pinch-hit double, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Soto had been 0-for-14 at the big league level with a HBP and a sacrifice fly prior to Monday's hit.
News: Cingrani earned his first win of the season in Cincinnati's 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Impact: Cingrani (1-1, 2.60 ERA) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He was given a total of one run of support in his first two outings this season.
News: Phillips had three hits in the Cincinnati Reds' 12-4 rout of Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Impact: The Reds second baseman, batting .327, is 9 for 22 (.407) during a five-game hit streak and 8 for 18 (.444) in his last four contests.
News: Cozart had two hits and drove in two runs to help the Cincinnati Reds take advantage of Tampa Bay's depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.
Impact: Cozart was 2 for 31 (.065) with one RBI in his first nine games this season.
News: Heisey hit his first grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Tampa Bay's depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.
Impact: It was also the first home run of the season for Heisey, who is 7 for 21 (.333) in 11 games in 2014.
News: Mesoraco homered and matched a career high with four RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Tampa Bay's depleted pitching staff for a 12-4 victory on Sunday.
Impact: The Reds' best offensive showing of the season featured Mesoraco's three-run homer. He added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The catcher opened the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique. In four games the past week, he went 7 for 14 with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs.
News: Chapman threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive during spring training. The left-hander threw 25 pitches in the bullpen before Cincinnati opened a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds hope to have him back sometime in May.
Impact: Chapman sustained fractures above his left eye and his nose when he was hit by a liner on March 19. He had a plate inserted in the forehead the next day. He has to be careful not to get hit in the forehead while it heals. Chapman said his arm felt good. He'll throw in the bullpen a few more times before pitching to Reds hitters.
News: Marshall (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: This after Marshall threw 19 pitches in an extended spring training outing Saturday. The Reds still hope to get Marshall back Friday.
Skip Schumaker - #25 - Second Base - 5'10" - 195lbs
News: Schumaker (shoulder) was able to do some throwing and hitting off a tee Monday, something he wasn't able to do earlier during his DL stint. "We're optimistic that, in relatively short order, he'll be able to get into game action," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Impact: Previously, he had discomfort in his left (non-throwing) shoulder when trying to play catch. "That left arm has to come up. It has to establish height and closure to stabilize and really allow him to extend and throw through the ball," Price said. "It's a very important piece of the throwing mechanics, even though he's a right-handed thrower. That used to hinder him."
News: Chapman (head) "felt great" after his 25-pitch bullpen session Monday, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman began the day by throwing from flat ground, and later was able to toss 25 pitches from a mound. He'll likely need a few more sessions and perhaps a minor league appearance to build up his arm strength before a return comes into play, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Barring any setbacks, it appears Chapman's return estimate can now be measured in weeks, rather than months.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon was a tough-luck loser in a 1-0 defeat to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Impact: Simons (1-1, 1.20 ERA) matched a career high with eight innings and allowed only five hits. One of those hits, though, was James Loney's second-inning home run. Simon also walked one and struck out four.
News: Heisey recorded a pinch-hit grand slam in Sunday's victory over the Rays.
Impact: Heisey made the most of his only at-bat of the game, blowing the Reds' lead wide open in the bottom of the eighth with his first home run of the season. He's not an everyday player for the Reds, but he proved Sunday that he can showcase some power when given an opportunity.
News: Bruce showcased his patience Sunday, going 1-for-1 at the plate with four walks and four runs scored.
Impact: Bruce raised his walk total to 11 on the season and now has a .353 OBP despite a weak .179 average. He has the potential to be an RBI machine, but is happy take what the pitcher gives him.
News: Batting second in the order for the second consecutive day, Votto went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored.
Impact: Votto's solid OBP makes him an ideal candidate to hit second behind Billy Hamilton, but his power was what proved valuable to fantasy owners Sunday afternoon. It remains unclear whether this move will be permanent, but seeing as the Reds put up a season-best 12 runs Sunday, it looks as if this lineup is working for manager Bryan Price. Votto now has two homers, three doubles and seven walks on the young season.
News: Cingrani picked up his first win of the season Sunday, allowing five hits, three walks and two earned runs with six strikeouts over 6.1 innings.
Impact: Cingrani received plenty of run support from his teammates early on and never looked back on his way to notching his first victory of the year. He now sits at 1-1 on the season with a 2.60 ERA and 20 strikeout over three starts. The 24-year-old will see a favorable matchup his next time out against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
News: Latos' (elbow) MRI revealed a flexor mass strain in his forearm, but his UCL is strong, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Reds manager Bryan Price said that Latos' injury is different than the strain suffered by Jonathan Broxton, and it won't require surgery at this time. The plan for Latos is simply to rest for now, while there's no clear timetable for his return. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Latos won't throw for the next 10-to-14 days.
News: Votto was 1 for 3 with his first home run of the season in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: It's still a disappointing start for Votto - who is batting .257 through 10 games - but maybe Friday's homer will help him pick up steam.
News: Phillips notched his second straight two-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double in Friday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: Phillips is 12 for 40 (.300) through his first 10 games.
News: Cueto fell to 0-2 Friday despite a strong showing against Tampa Bay, as he allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.
Impact: Cueto, who walked four batters, has been supplied with only three runs of support through three starts.
News: Simon will get another start Saturday against the Rays and potentially a handful more thanks to Mat Latos' elbow setback, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Simon came up huge in his first start, which at first was considered a one-time deal. He was stretched out in spring training, so going deep into the game, if he's effective, won't be a hurdle.
News: Marshall (shoulder) is scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans.
Impact: The Reds are hoping to have Marshall back by Apr. 18. While Jonathan Broxton is closing now, he did struggle last season, so Marshall has the potential to earn a spot save while Aroldis Chapman (head) is out.
News: Latos (elbow) had an MRI on his right elbow Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans.
Impact: The news on Latos seemingly gets worse by the day. It was thought that he would be activated from the disabled list Monday, but he's still experiencing pain in his forearm. As a result, there's currently no timetable for his return to the Reds' rotation.
News: Mesoraco is not starting at catcher for the Reds on Saturday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Impact: Mesoraco had started the last three games so this is likely just a routine day off as the Reds try to keep their starting catcher healthy.
Brayan Pena - #29 - Catcher - 5'9" - 228lbs
News: Pena is catching and batting seventh for the Reds on Saturday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Pena gets the start over Devin Mesoraco, who started the last three games. Mesoraco remains the starter most days, but Pena may get enough at-bats to own in NL-only leagues that require two catchers.
News: Bell (elbow) had an MRI, which revealed a sprain, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Bell won't require surgery and estimates that he'll be available to return in a few weeks.
News: Latos (flexor tendon soreness) was going to be activated Monday, but that clearly won't happen now, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "There was still a little tenderness in the flexor mass," trainer Paul Lessard said. "It's back to more treatment, instead of pitching. We were hoping if the bullpen went well today that maybe he could pitch on Sunday or Monday. That doesn't look reasonable right now. We've got to take some time and get him stronger and less painful, hopefully pain-free."
Impact: As a result of Latos' latest setback, Alfredo Simon will remain in the rotation for an extended period.
News: Votto has been moved to second in the batting order for Saturday's game against the Rays, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: In a way, this makes a lot of sense: Votto's patience is a lot more valuable higher in the order, especially if Billy Hamilton is on base. There's no word yet from manager Bryan Price whether this is a permanent choice.
News: Latos (knee, elbow) will throw a bullpen session Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Elbow irritation forced the Reds to scratch Latos from his scheduled rehab start Tuesday, but his ability to get back onto a mound suggests the issue is relatively minor. It's uncertain when he may be cleared for his next rehab outing, and the team will likely play it safe with the right-hander, but it's looking like he avoided a major setback in his recovery from knee surgery.
News: Votto hit his first homer of the season Friday in a loss against the Rays.
Impact: Now hitting just .257, it was only his second RBI over the Reds' first 10 games. He's off to a sluggish start, but he is likely to fill up a lot of box scores before the season gets along much further.
News: Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday, allowing one walk while striking out two in a non-save situation against the Rays.
Impact: He entered the game in the ninth with the Reds trailing 2-0 as he made his first 2014 appearance. He missed the first couple weeks and was just activated from the disabled list Tuesday. He is expected to fill the closer's role for Cincinnati until Aroldis Chapman returns, probably later this month.
News: Cueto was a tough-luck loser again Friday night as he allowed just two runs on five hits, walking four and striking out six over seven innings of a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: He's now 0-2 despite recording a sparkling 2.14 ERA to go with 23 strikeouts in 21 innings. He's been dominating at times already this season and will hope for some run support when he takes on Pittsburgh at home in his next start.
News: Latos (knee, elbow) felt some tenderness in his flexor mass during a bullpen session Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds were confident enough in Latos' health to return him to elevated ground Friday, but the right-hander's bullpen session did not go well. Latos' elbow tenderness, which caused him to be scratched from his scheduled rehab start Tuesday, reportedly crept back up, and he'll now need to undergo additional treatment before throwing again. It's a troubling step back for one of Cincinnati's top starters.
News: Chapman (head) will throw a bullpen session Monday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman resumed throwing last weekend, and is now set to return to a mound Monday for the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive March 19. He'll likely need a few bullpens and at least one live session before heading out for a minor league rehab assignment, but Chapman appears in line to return to the major league team in a matter of weeks.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Billy Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Leake in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Impact: Leake (1-1) allowed four hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings. He retired nine of the first 10 hitters and benefited from three double-play balls, two of them in a run of five straight three-up, three-down innings from the second through sixth. Leake was 0-2 in three starts last year against St. Louis while allowing 15 earned runs in 16 1-3 innings and beat them for the first time since Aug. 25, 2012.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton had three hits and his first two steals, and scored easily after tagging up on a shallow outfield pop fly to support a strong outing from Mike Leake in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Impact: Hamilton entered batting .091 with two hits and seven strikeouts in 22 at-bats and left town batting .192. He reached safely his first three trips beginning with a triple to open the game when left fielder Matt Holliday missed on a diving catch in the gap.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (head) threw long-toss Thursday and then threw again from about 90 feet, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Chapman, who resumed throwing last weekend, has been working out and throwing at Great American Ballpark while the rest of the team has been on the road. For what it's worth, catcher Bryan Pena reportedly seemed very pleased with how Chapman was throwing Thursday, but there is no set timetable for the left-hander to return to bullpen sessions.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco went 2 for 4 on Tuesday.
Impact: Mesoraco made his season debut after starting it on the DL.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Bailey did not get a decision Tuesday.
Impact: Bailey has permitted eight runs on 16 hits and five walks in 9 1-3 innings after he had a poor five-inning stint. It may be worth cutting him loose now before things get even worse.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price will rest Ludwick in favor of Chris Heisey, who will start in left field and bat sixth in the order. Ludwick is batting .320 with one homer and four RBI through his first seven games.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Cozart will receive the day off on getaway day after going 1-for-26 at the plate to start the season. A lack of attractive options behind him at shortstop will allow him to work through his slump, but Ramon Santiago will give him a breather Wednesday.
News: Ludwick doubled his season's RBI total Tuesday, knocking in a pair of runs against the Cardinals on a first-inning sacrifice fly and a fifth-inning ground out that scored Joey Votto.
Impact: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Ludwick's lofty .364 batting average took a hit despite the RBI, as he went 0-for-3, ending his five-game hitting streak. The 11th-year journeyman recorded exactly 116 hits in both 2011 and 2012 and is a career .263 hitter, so he could be a useful depth outfielder if he stays healthy in 2014. He'll get the occasional rest, however, so if you're going to avail yourself of Ludwick's services, make sure you're on top of the Reds' starting lineup each and every game.
News: Bruce went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Cards. His first-inning triple opened the scoring for the Reds and was the 17th of his career.
Impact: After going hitless in his last three games, Cinci's cleanup hitter wasted no time in breaking out of his mini slump against St. Lous. Bruce is now batting .208 with seven RBI over eight games this season, and he'll get every opportunity to pile up the stats as long as he maintains his place behind Joey Votto in the batting order.
News: Despite being spotted an early four-run lead Tuesday, Bailey was blasted by the Cards, allowing nine hits and four earned runs over five innings. He also walked two.
Impact: Bailey's five strikeouts were the lone bright spot in his no-decision against St. Louis. The bulk of the damage was done in the second, as the Cards knocked Bailey around for five hits, tying the game in the process. The big righty has now given up an alarmingly high 16 hits in 9.1 innings of work to start the season, and will need to drastically improve his stuff if he hopes to move up from the third spot in the Reds' rotation. He's scheduled to toe the rubber again at home this weekend in an interleague tilt with the Rays - a team he has never faced in his seven years as a big leaguer.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds placed Bell on the 15-day disabled list with an aching right elbow.
Impact: Bell was sent back to Cincinnati to be examined by team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The right-hander reported pain after pitching in relief Monday in St. Louis.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Cingrani allowed three runs and four walks and lasted just four innings in Monday's 5-3 loss at St. Louis.
Impact: Cingrani simply couldn't get it together. Look for him to come out with a better showing at home against Tampa Bay this weekend.
News: Latos (knee) was scratched from his scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday due to right elbow irritation, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Reds reportedly do not view the elbow issue as serious (as of now), but they will hold off on establishing a timetable for the right-hander's next rehab outing. Latos is working himself back from surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee, and while the team has scuffled out of the gate, it makes sense that they would want to take a cautious approach. Alfredo Simon, who turned in a strong performance Sunday, will likely remain in the rotation for the time being.
News: Bell has been placed on the 15-day DL due to inflammation in his right elbow, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Bell has been hammered in two appearances this season -- five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 0.2 innings -- and the root of the issue may have been found. However, his absence shouldn't affect the vast majority of owners.
News: Broxton (elbow) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With the move official, Broxton will assume closing duties until Aroldis Chapman (head) is able to pitch without issue. After pitching one scoreless inning apiece last Friday and Saturday at Double-A Pensacola, Broxton should be optimally rested to take on a save chance Tuesday at St. Louis, if one arises.
News: Latos' (knee) scheduled rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville has been pushed back for an unknown reason, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Latos was pounded in his previous rehab game last Thursday, when he allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three in four frames. Afterward, he didn't report any concerns with his surgically repaired left knee and right elbow, but a setback certainly could have popped up in the ensuing days.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon pitched seven impressive innings in his first start in more than two years and began the go-ahead rally with his second career hit, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday and salvage a win in the three-game series.
Impact: Simon (1-0) made 99 relief appearances for the Reds since his previous start, on Sept. 28, 2011, for Baltimore, but manager Bryan Price tapped the right-hander because Mat Latos is rehabbing from knee and elbow operations. Price said Simon is one of the most durable guys on the staff and had no problem letting him go deep into the game. Still, he lifted Simon after he allowed just four hits and threw 79 pitches.
Brayan Pena - #29 - Catcher - 5'9" - 228lbs
News: Pena swung the bat well for the Reds Monday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Impact: Pena has been the regular catcher for the Reds with Devin Mesoraco sidelined, but is just now starting to find his stroke, collecting five hits in his last 10 at-bats. The veteran catcher hit .297 with Detroit last season.
News: Cozart finally got his first hit of the season, an RBI single off of Trevor Rosenthal.
Impact: The Reds' shortstop has slumped in a bad way to start the season, going hitless in his first 22 at-bats before finally getting a hit. The average should rebound a bit for Cozart, as he hit .254 last season.
News: Cingrani didn't have it in a losing effort Monday, allowing three runs in four innings in a loss to the Cardinals.
Impact: Control undid Cingrani, who walked five after allowing just four baserunners to the same St. Louis team in his first start. The young lefty will look to bounce back against the Rays this weekend.
News: Broxton (elbow) has rejoined the Reds in St. Louis, but has not been activated from the DL yet.
Impact: The Reds expect to activate Broxton during their series in St. Louis, perhaps as early as Tuesday. "Our intentions are to activate him over the course of the series here with the Cardinals," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a good chance he will be activated tomorrow. He pitched back-to-back days. We wanted to give him at least two days off of recovery time after that, and then he will be in our mix."
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Reds optioned Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville on Monday after activating Devin Mesoraco from the disabled list.
Impact: Barnhart was 2 for 8 in three games.
News: Simon came up huge Sunday in his first start of the year, holding the Mets to one run over seven innings. He allowed four hits, one walk and hit a batter while striking out six.
Impact: Simon was incredibly efficient in the start, throwing just 79 pitches. Despite the great outing, he's likely headed back to the bullpen. The Reds are off Thursday and will probably skip his turn in the rotation, and then Mat Latos will probably be back by the time they need that spot again.
News: Barnhart was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, Mark Sheldon of the MLB.com reports.
Impact: Barnhart's demotion is a corresponding move to accommodate Devin Mesoraco's (oblique) activation from the disabled list. During his first stint in the majors, the 23-year-old Barnhart supplied two singles, while striking out twice, in eight at-bats.
News: Mesoraco (oblique) was activated from the disabled list prior to Monday's outing at St. Louis, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mesoraco's absence from the lineup spurred the belief that his DL stint was extended another day, but he's in fact back on the Reds' 25-man roster. As a corresponding move, Tucker Barnhart was optioned to Triple-A Louisville, while Brayan Pena garners the nod at catcher Monday.
News: Mesoraco (oblique) isn't in the Reds' lineup Monday in St. Louis, meaning his activation from the disabled list may be pushed back to Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mesoraco was slated for a brief rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola, but there's no word, if that has come to an end. Considering his likely lack of availability Monday, his season debut will be pushed back at least one day, with Brayan Pena manning the backstop.
News: Hamilton (finger) is back in the Reds' lineup for Monday's game in St. Louis, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hamilton missed the entire weekend series against the Mets due to a jammed finger, but his confidence that he'd be able to play Monday has come to fruition. In his return, he'll take on his typical spot in center field and at the top of the order, though his lack of success at the plate (0-for-12 with a walk) has allowed him just one opportunity to display his prowess at swiping bases, during which he was thrown out.
Manny Parra - #43 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Parra got the final six outs Sunday against the Mets to get his first career save.
Impact: After a 14-pitch eighth inning, the Mets had two lefties (Curtis Granderson and Ike Davis) due up after David Wright. With J.J. Hoover blowing the save Saturday, manager Bryan Price decided to stick with power. Jonathan Broxton is due back from the DL soon, so this is unlikely to be a recurring role for Parra.
News: Hamilton (finger) remained out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets, but said he was feeling better and thinks he will be able to play Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: According to Reds manager Bryan Price, Hamilton's injury is improved, but he is hesitant to pencil him in for Monday. Chris Heisey got the start in center field Sunday and batted leadoff in Hamilton's place.
News: Chapman played catch Saturday for the first time since a line drive hit him in the head less than three weeks ago, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "He's doing some cardio and strength stuff," trainer Paul Lessard said. "He threw yesterday for the first time. So far, he's been fine."
Impact: Chapman will continue to come along slowly to avoid triggering any concussion symptoms from a line drive that fractured the bones above his left eye and nose on March 19. Jonathan Broxton (elbow) is due to be activated at some point in the next few days and will likely take the closer role until Chapman returns.
News: Hamilton (finger) remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
Impact: Chris Heisey is getting the start in center field and batting leadoff in Hamilton's place.
News: Heisey is starting in center field and batting leadoff Sunday against the Mets.
Impact: The previous two days Roger Bernadina started in place of Billy Hamilton in this spot, but with the Reds facing lefty Jon Niese, Heisey gets the call instead.
News: Simon will make his 2014 starting debut Sunday against the Mets after a considerable layoff, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Simon was scheduled to pitch in the Reds' final preseason game, an exhibition against their Triple-A Louisville affiliate, but that got shortened due to weather and Simon never got in the game. Thus, his throwing has been limited to bullpen sessions for more than a week.
News: Hamilton (finger) was available as a pinch runner and ultimately entered Saturday's game late as a defensive replacement, but he couldn't swing a bat, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "It's pretty swollen," he said. "It hurt too much to swing."
Impact: Keep a watchful eye on this injury - we've seen many players struggle well after their return to the lineup when suffering finger injuries. He wore a splint on his finger after Saturday's game.
News: Barnhart had his first two major league hits in Saturday's loss to the Mets.
Impact: He's still likely to get sent down to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, once Devin Mesoraco is ready to return from the DL, but Barnhart had two starts this week.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce homered and drove in all three runs Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets.
Impact: Bruce had two hits and a home run in consecutive games before going 0 for 4 in a 6-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday. He's batting .200 (4 for 20) with five RBIs in the first five games this season.
News: Ludwick hit a solo home run, his first of the year, in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Mets.
Impact: Ludwick's first extra-base hit of the season was a homer off Dillon Gee that snuck just inside the left-field foul pole. The 35-year-old is locked in as the starter in left, but the Reds sat him down Thursday and will likely continue to give him days off here and there as to not push their luck.
J.J. Hoover - #60 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Hoover blew the save and took the loss to the Mets on Saturday, loading the bases and giving up a walkoff grand slam to Ike Davis without recording an out.
Impact: Joey Votto made an uncharacteristically bone-headed play on a bunt attempt with one man on, throwing to second base rather than first and in turn failing to get anyone out, but by no means does that take Hoover off the hook. Hoover gave up two walks and a monster home run to Davis to blow the save after another gem from Johnny Cueto. Jonathan Broxton (elbow) will be activated Tuesday and is expected to close while Aroldis Chapman (head) is out, meaning Hoover will likely work in the setup role for the time being.
News: Phillips hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Mets.
Impact: Phillips came through in the clutch Saturday, blasting a two-run shot to left field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Reds a 3-2 lead. It was all for naught, however, as J.J. Hoover quickly loaded the bases in the ninth and gave up a walkoff grand slam to Ike Davis. There were plenty of rumors in the offseason regarding Phillips' future in Cincinnati, but he's occupied the No. 2 hole in the lineup in all five games thus far and will likely remain there for the foreseeable future.
News: Cueto turned in another strong performance Saturday against the Mets. He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out nine over seven innings, but didn't factor into the decision in the Reds' 6-3 loss.
Impact: A two-run homer by Brandon Phillips in the eighth inning put Cueto in line for the win, but J.J. Hoover gave up a pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam to Ike Davis to blow the game. Cueto has been one of the few bright spots thus far for the 1-4 Reds, having allowed just three runs, while striking out 17 over 14 innings, in his two starts. He'll look to get in the win column his next time out against the Rays.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton returned the lineup Monday, going 1 for 5 after being scratched from the Cincinnati lineup Sunday because of a jammed left middle finger.
Impact: The struggling rookie was injured when he was caught trying to steal second base as a pinch runner in the eighth inning of Friday night's 4-3 loss. He appears to be fine moving forward.
News: Broxton (elbow), who will be activated from the DL on Tuesday, is expected to close while Aroldis Chapman (head) remains out, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Surgery to repair a torn flexor mass in August put Broxton behind schedule entering spring training, but GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that the right-hander will come off the DL early next week. While J.J. Hoover pitched in the ninth inning Wednesday and picked up the win when the Reds rallied, the Enquirer is reporting that Broxton will close upon activation. Chapman just recently resumed light workouts, but it's uncertain when he'll be cleared to throw.
J.J. Hoover - #60 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Hoover pitched in the eighth inning Friday and manager Bryan Price said he was saving Sam LeCure for the save, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds couldn't get ahead of the Mets on Friday, so LeCure didn't end up pitching, but Price said he "wanted to have him to close." Hoover pitched the ninth inning Wednesday and picked up the win when Cincinnati rallied to score, but with Jonathan Broxton (elbow) set to return early next week, Hoover isn't looking like a great bet for save opportunities.
News: Chapman (head) has resumed some light workouts, MLB.com reports. "He is re-initiating some light workouts," manager Bryan Price said Saturday morning. "No throwing or any real baseball-related activities to this point. He is starting to move around a little bit more. It's great."
Impact: A little more than two weeks after being being struck in the face by a line drive and suffering fractures above his left eye and nose, Chapman has started up with some light workouts. The left-hander posted a picture on his Instagram account Friday that appeared to show him surrounded by gym equipment and weights. Jonathan Broxton (elbow) will be activated next week and appears to be the top candidate to close while Chapman remains on the shelf.
News: Mesoraco (oblique) will be activated from the DL either Monday or Tuesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that Mesoraco will be a go early next week, after a relatively short rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola. Mesoraco will likely take over primary catching duties immediately upon his activation and presumably push Tucker Barnhart back to the minors.
News: Broxton (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Broxton was forced to start the year on the DL, after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor mass in his forearm last August, but he'll be ready to contribute early in the second week of the season. Manager Bryan Price hasn't confirmed whether or not Broxton will close immediately upon his return but did say he was saving Sam LeCure for the save Friday, after deploying J.J. Hoover in the eighth inning, so Hoover doesn't appear to be a threat.
News: Hamilton was scratched from the lineup Saturday because of a jammed finger, Joe Lemire reports.
Impact: The Reds posted their original lineup earlier Saturday but removed it fairly quickly. There was no word on Hamilton's injury following Friday's game, so perhaps the finger swelled up overnight. To date, he's 0-for-12 with six strikeouts and was caught stealing during his one attempt, so perhaps a break is what he needs.
Ramon Santiago - #7 - Second Base - 5'11" - 175lbs
News: Santiago will get a spot start Friday at shortstop and bat eighth against the Mets.
Impact: Zack Cozart is off to a rough start at the plate, but it's not as if Santiago is anyone's idea of a long-term solution.
Roger Bernadina - #15 - Center Field - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Bernadina is starting in center field and batting leadoff for Friday night's game against the Mets.
Impact: That is, he'll do that so long as weather permits - the forecast calls for rain and blustery winds. Manager Bryan Price said that he's just giving Billy Hamilton the night off and that there's no role change.
News: Latos (knee) got hit hard in his rehab outing for Double-A Pensacola, giving up seven hits and three walks in four innings. However, he didn't have any health issues in the start, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Latos allowed a homer to super prospect Kris Bryant among the seven hits. "My ego is a little bruised, but it is what it is. I feel great," Latos told reporters in Pensacola. "I was throwing strikes. I got hit around and hit around hard, but regardless, the control was there. It's just a matter of finishing the hitters, making that pitch when I needed to." Latos will have at least one more rehab start before returning.
News: Cozart is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Mets, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Cozart still hasn't reached base this season, as he's 0-for-11 with four strikeouts. Manager Bryan Price will give veteran Ramon Santiago the start at short Friday, but look for Cozart to be back in the lineup Saturday to take on right-hander Dillon Gee.
News: Hamilton is not in the lineup Friday against the Mets, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old will get a day to sit back and observe after going 0-for-12 with a walk and six strikeouts in his first three games of the season. Manager Bryan Price said following Hamilton's four-strikeout performance Monday, "He knows he doesn't have to look over his shoulder here, that he's our center fielder, that we're not looking to evaluate him in two weeks or one game." Hamilton had a strong spring (.327/.381/.527) and certainly shouldn't be given up on yet.
News: Bruce was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a losing effort against the Mets on Friday night.
Impact: After starting the season 0-for-7, Bruce has now collected a pair of hits including a home run, in each of the last two games. Hitting in the middle of the Reds order behind Joey Votto should provide the Reds' slugger with plenty of chances to drive in runs this season.
News: Leake allowed four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out three over 6.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Friday night.
Impact: He actually fared pretty well against everyone not named Lucas Duda as Duda accounted for all four of the Mets runs with a pair of homers. Leake isn't a big fantasy producer, but he can provide some quality innings at the back of your rotation. He does face a tough match-up against the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out.
News: Bruce went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs on Thursday for the Reds.
Impact: Bruce busted out of an 0-for-7 slump.
Todd Frazier - #21 - Third Base - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Frazier went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs on Thursday for the Reds.
Impact: Frazier has homered 19 times each of the two previous seasons so cracking 20 would be quite a feat.
News: Votto went 3 for 4 on Thursday for the Reds.
Impact: Votto is 5 for 11 but has yet to record an RBI.
News: Bailey was awful Thursday for the Reds.
Impact: Bailey was tagged for four runs over 4 1-3 innings. His next start is also against the NL champs next week so fantasy owners should buckle up.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Cingrani went toe-to-toe with Michael Wacha in Wednesday's 1-0 walkoff win over St. Louis.
Impact: Cingrani allowed two hits and two walks while striking out nine over seven innings. The promising left-hander could be in for a big season.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto was a hard-luck 1-0 loser to the Cards on Monday.
Impact: Cueto allowed three hits. Cueto's third straight opening-day start was a reminder that it's a matter of staying healthy. He was on the disabled list three times last season, limited to 11 starts. He changed his delivery slightly to try to avoid injury.
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Chapman rode in Cincinnati's opening day parade on Monday, the most he was allowed to do as part of the Reds' first-game festivities.
Impact: Chapman can't work out while he recovers from a significant head injury during spring training. He had surgery on March 20 to have a plate installed above his left eye, fractured by a comeback liner during a game. He'll see a doctor on Wednesday to gauge his progress. He said before the Reds' opener against St. Louis on Monday he feels good and has no pain. The Reds think he'll be able to return in May.
News: Marshall is opening the 2014 season on the 15-day disabled list.
Impact: Marshall is nursing a sore shoulder.
Brett Marshall - #41 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 195lbs
News: Marshall is starting the season on the 60-day disabled list for Cincinnati.
Impact: Marshall is suffering from a strained tendon in his right middle finger.
News: The Reds activated Broxton from the disabled list following his recovery from a right forearm injury.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Broxton will be the stand-in closer in place of injured Aroldis Chapman.
Jack Hannahan - #9 - Third Base - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hannahan is on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season.
Impact: Hannahan is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
News: Cincinnati activated Mesoraco from the disabled list Monday, though he wasn't in the starting lineup against St. Louis. Manager Bryan Price says he had Bryan Pena catching Tony Cingrani because the two worked well together in the second game of the season. Cingrani worked seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
Impact: Mesoraco began the year on the DL because of an oblique injury.