News: Cueto was dominant Tuesday, giving up one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in nine innings against the Pirates, improving to 2-2 on the season.
Impact: Cueto has now three-hit the Pirates twice in the past week, and was able to stretch his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before Andrew McCutchen took him deep in the ninth inning. The price was right for owners to snatch up Cueto in drafts if they believed his injury concerns to be minor, and so far that has played out to perfection (he has a 1.38 ERA). Had it not been for McCutchen's bomb, Cueto would've become the first Reds pitcher to toss back-to-back shutouts since Tom Seaver in 1977. Cueto is now 9-2 at PNC Park for his career.
News: Frazier had three hits and drove in a run in a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.
Impact: Frazier, batting .257, is 5 for 8 in his last two games after going 4 for 37 (.108) in his previous 10.
News: Phillips had three hits and drove in a run in a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Impact: The Cincinnati second baseman, now batting .291, was 1 for 16 (.063) in his previous four games.
News: Latos (elbow) is still "a few days" away from playing catch, according to manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Tenderness in Latos' flexor mass region forced the right-hander to cut a bullpen session short back on April 11, and he's been shut down since. While an MRI showed a flex mass strain in his forearm, his UCL appeared strong and it sounds like Latos may be able to resume some light throwing before the end of the week. His soreness has decreased, which is certainly good news, but there is no clear timetable for his return to the major league team.
News: Schumaker (shoulder) is getting closer to beginning a rehab assignment, but the team is working on building his strength first. "I think he's over the pain hurdle," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday. "When you have an injury like that, where it really hurts him is his ability to maintain his strength because he is so limited in what he can do with his shoulder. We're really focusing on increasing his strength and once he gets to that place, we'll get him back out into games. He's chomping at the bit to play. We're going to be a little bit conservative just to make sure we can get Skip back as close to 100 percent as we can get him this year."
Impact: When Schumaker eventually returns, he'll be a utility player, capable of subbing in at second base or the outfield.
News: Mesoraco had three hits and drove in a run in a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.
Impact: The Cincinnati Reds catcher has a hit in all 10 games he's played this season and is batting .541 (20 for 37) with a team-best 12 RBIs.
News: Mesoraco is out of the Reds' lineup Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Impact: Mesoraco has been on fire in his 10 games since making his season debut April 8 with 20 hits in 37 at-bats. Brayan Pena will start Tuesday.
News: The Reds aren't planning to move Mesoraco higher in the lineup, though manager Bryan Price is open to the possibility, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "Anything is possible," Price said. "We certainly know that Frazier's going to start to swing the bat like he did earlier in the season. We're not concerned about that. There's guys who are going to have a little bit of ebb and flow with the way they swing the bat. That's just baseball. If there comes a time when there's injury or some significant long-term struggle, we may make some adjustments. But, right now, I kind of like the flow of the lineup as it is. And I like having some weaponry at the bottom."
Impact: Mesoraco is losing out on a few RBI chances by hitting behind Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick rather than Joey Votto or Jay Bruce. At some point a change may happen, though obviously at some point Mesoraco will cool off and the issue will become less pressing.
News: Frazier had a nice day at the plate Monday, going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Impact: Frazier's last two games have been very productive. The third baseman has collected five hits in his last eight at bats, doubling twice and knocking in two runs. Those two games have raised his batting average all the way to .257 from .210.
News: Mesoraco continued his hot start to the season Monday, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Impact: The Reds' backstop got a late start to the season, but has been making up for lost time in a big way. Mesoraco is hitting a robust .541 through his first 10 games, which includes three home runs and 12 RBI.
News: Leake took a no-decision Monday, allowing four runs in seven innings against the Pirates.
Impact: Leake was mainly hurt by an Ike Davis grand slam in this one. The Reds' righty will be looking for his third win of the season when he takes the bump against Atlanta this weekend on the road.
News: Bailey earned his first victory of the season Sunday against the Cubs, yielding six hits over six shutout innings and striking out eight.
Impact: Bailey owners are relieved, to say the least, after he posted an 8.16 ERA over his first three starts.
News: Mesoraco was 3 for 4 with his sixth double of the season on Sunday against the Cubs.
Impact: Mesoraco has been red hot since missing the start of the season with a strained oblique. He has hit safely in all nine of his games with 11 RBIs.
News: Bruce was 2 for 5 with his third homer of the year Sunday against the Cubs.
Impact: Bruce is hitting just .220 but has 10 RBIs in 17 games.
News: Chapman (head) is tenatively scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Chapman, who threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Sunday, appears to finally be ready to face live hitters. Should all go well, he'll likely start a rehab assignment next week.
News: Cozart hit his first home run of the season in the course of going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored against the Cubs on Sunday.
Impact: Even factoring in this big game, Cozart's line is an ugly .153/.180/.254 with just one walk against nine strikeouts. He's still not being very patient at the plate (13 pitches seen in five at-bats Sunday), but at least it worked for him in this one game.
Manny Parra - #43 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Parra struggled in a "get-work" outing Sunday against the Cubs, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while retiring just one batter.
Impact: Parra came into the game with an 8-0 lead before making a mess out of the seventh inning. It could have been a lot worse, but Sam LeCure induced an inning-ending double play after Parra left with the bases loaded. With Jonathan Broxton back and Sean Marshall also active again, Parra won't find too many chances to close.
News: Bailey had his best start of the season Sunday against the Cubs, shutting them out over six innings. He allowed six hits and three walks, but also struck out eight.
Impact: For once Bailey held a lead after giving up leads against the Cardinals in two starts and the Pirates last week. If there were ever a buy-low window open for him, it's closing rapidly.
News: Ludwick (toe) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the Reds' win over the Cubs on Sunday.
Impact: Ludwick still moved around a little gingerly in the outfield, failing to catch a bloop in front of him early in the game, and was lifted in a double-switch late. However, he moved pretty well on his double off the wall and both hits were line shots.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Cingrani fell to 1-2 on Saturday, yielding three runs and four hits over five innings against the Cubs.
Impact: Cingrani is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA in three starts since limiting the Cardinals to two hits over seven shutout innings in his season debut.
Sun. Apr 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton was 3 for 5 on Saturday against the Cubs and recorded his sixth stolen base of the season.
Impact: Hamilton is 6 for 13 over his last four games with four stolen bases.
News: Ludwick (toe) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Ludwick experienced nothing more than soreness after taking a foul ball to the foot Friday, and a day out of the lineup Saturday was all he needed to recuperate. He'll man left field and bat sixth in his return to the lineup.
J.J. Hoover - #60 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 230lbs
News: Hoover finally pitched a clean inning Saturday in the Reds' loss to the Cubs, striking out one in the process.
Impact: Just like last season, it's been a disastrous start to the season for Hoover, as he's already allowed three homers and five walks in 4.1 innings. His potential window to be the closer had already been shut when Jonathan Broxton returned. His skill set and last year's stats suggest that he can be an effective reliever, but his role will be minimized for the near future.
News: Ludwick returned to action Sunday, going 2 for 4 in an 8-2 win over Chicago.
Impact: He sat out Saturday after fouling a ball off his left foot during Friday's game and sustaining a bruised toe.
News: Hamilton went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
Impact: Hamilton is still hitting just .214, even after the three-hit game. He has only three walks against 13 strikeouts in his 56 at-bats, so there's still a long way for him to go before he's providing adequate production out of the leadoff spot.
Logan Ondrusek - #66 - Pitcher - 6'8" - 231lbs
News: Ondrusek, pitching for the first time in 10 days, gave up three runs in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
Impact: Included in the damage was a two-run homer by Darwin Barney, which is truly a difficult accomplishment. The bottom of the Reds' bullpen hasn't been as successful as in years past, with both Ondrusek and Nick Christiani struggling Saturday as the latest example.
News: Simon improved to 2-1 on Friday after limiting the Cubs to one unearned run and four hits over six innings.
Impact: The right-hander looks like one of the biggest surprises in baseball thus far with a 0.86 ERA through three starts. He's thrown at least six innings each time out.
News: Cingrani struck out three and surrendered three runs over five innings in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Cubs.
Impact: Cingrani's control has been problematic this season, and he walked another four batters Saturday, bringing his four-start total to 13 free passes in 22.1 innings. He does have 23 punchouts and a 3.22 ERA, so there's no need to panic over a mildly disappointing start. Next up is another favorable matchup, Thursday in Pittsburgh at pitcher-friendly PNC Park.
Curtis Partch - #46 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 238lbs
News: The Cincinnati Reds have optioned the contract of righty Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: Partch didn't allow a run in 4 1-3 innings of relief for the Reds before he was sent down Saturday. He allowed one hit and three walks.
Nick Christiani - #58 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 190lbs
News: Christiani was able to remain in the Reds' bullpen, even after the activation of Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall from the DL. Instead, Trevor Bell (elbow) went on the DL and Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Impact: Christiani out-pitched Partch, despite having less big league experience. So far in 6.1 innings, Christiani has a 2.84 ERA with three strikeouts, one walk and one homer allowed. He may stick around until either Mat Latos (elbow) or Aroldis Chapman (head) returns.
Curtis Partch - #46 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 238lbs
News: Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Impact: Control issues plagued Partch's first stint with the major league club last season (17 walks in 23.1 innings), and while he didn't give up a run in 4.1 innings to begin this season, he did walk three. He'll head back down with Sean Marshall (shoulder) activated, but Partch will likely be an injury-replacement option or a September call-up at the very least.
News: Marshall (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Saturday.
Impact: The 31-year-old is back on the active roster following a two-game minor league rehab assignment and figures to immediately return to the role of top lefty out of the bullpen for Cincinnati. That said, concerns with his shoulder remain, as it's been an issue really since the beginning of last season.
News: Ludwick fouled a ball off his big toe Friday and is out of the lineup Saturday, but X-rays were negative, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: While cleared of any fracture, Ludwick will likely require a few days of maintenance after the play. Chris Heisey will take over in left field and bat sixth in the order in the meantime.
News: Phillips (back) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips left Friday's game in the third inning with back spasms, but the team quickly labeled his removal precautionary. It looks like he won't even miss one start as a result of the ailment, but back issues can be tricky, and a late flareup could always cause a change in plans.
News: Schumaker (shoulder) has joined the Reds on their current road trip but isn't yet ready for game activity.
Impact: Schumaker is still projected for a mid-May return. "He's not quite ready to play in games yet, he's still doing a lot of work on getting his shoulder at full strength and getting all the soreness out," manager Bryan Price said. "He's getting better every day. He went from hitting off the tee to getting in the cages and swinging the bat. He's able to take groundballs, he's going [through] all of his throwing stuff, his running. So it's a real positive step."
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 was back in the lineup Saturday.
Impact: Phillips left Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs because of back spasms.
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.
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.
Chris Heisey - #28 - Left Field - 6'1" - 210lbs
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.
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.
Chris Heisey - #28 - Left Field - 6'1" - 210lbs
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.
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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.
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.
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: 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.
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.