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Jason Marquis was pulled after giving up four runs in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals.

Marquis has a 6.91 ERA, but who could have possibly seen that coming? The Reds have to be close to moving on. If they don't want both Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen in the rotation, then they could go back to old friend Dylan Axelrod.
May 20 - 11:11 PM

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with an RBI double against the Royals on Wednesday.

That's because he was batting second, and everyone the Reds have had bat second this year has experienced incredible success, for some reason. Of course, since no one else hits besides the No. 2 hitter, the Reds scored just that one run tonight. Phillips is batting .314. Incredibly, he's stolen five bases this month after stealing none in April, two in 121 games last year and five in 151 games in 2013.
May 20 - 11:07 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) went 2-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Serving as the designated hitter because he's still not ready to catch, Mesoraco showed that his timing is coming around at the dish. What that means when the team returns to a National League is still unclear, but the team obviously thinks he'll be alright without a disabled list stint.
May 19 - 11:24 PM

Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies.
May 19 - 11:12 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) got into a squat position about 15 times and tossed about 15 balls to second base on Tuesday.

Mesoraco was only throwing at around 20 percent effort, but it's still a nice first step. He'll repeat the step on Wednesday and then could catch a bullpen session over the weekend. "At least I know I can get into squat position, which I hadn't done for 30-something days," Mesoraco said. "It's good. Definitely baby steps. We're not going to go crazy because those muscles haven't been used. It's going to be a slow process." Mesoraco hasn't caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
May 19 - 8:51 PM

Devin Mesoraco is at DH for the Reds on Tuesday.

Mesoraco will finally get another start with the Reds playing a two-game set in an American League park (the Royals' Kauffman stadium). He hasn't caught since April 12 and is still unable to squat due to a left hip impingement. It's a frustrating situation for fantasy owners.
May 19 - 4:27 PM

Manny Parra (neck) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville.

Parra recently dealt with some tenderness in his pitching elbow, but it's apparently not a big deal. The southpaw has been sidelined for about three weeks with a strained neck. He appears on track to rejoin the Reds' bullpen by the end of the month.
May 19 - 3:22 PM

Reds pitching prospect Jackson Stephens threw 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball Sunday in a win for High-A Daytona.

Sunday marked the longest outing of Stephens' career. He got the hook in the eighth after loading the bases, departing after 88 pitches. Stephens has seen his ERA drop from 5.68 to 3.62 over his last three starts. Despite his recent success, the 21-year-old still has a long way to go. Opponents are hitting .289 against him this year and his strikeout rate isn't as high as it should be (6.27 Ks per nine innings).
Source: MILB.com
May 18 - 4:41 PM

Manny Parra (neck) has been dealing with tenderness in his pitching elbow, which has pushed back his return to the Reds bullpen.

Parra admitted, "I had a slight setback, but I'm trying to make progress. I'm good." Reds manager Bryan Price said he's close to pitching again, though he will need a few appearances on a minor league rehab assignment before he's cleared to return.
Source: MLB.com
May 17 - 10:21 PM

Anthony DeSclafani allowed six earned runs over three innings Sunday in the Reds' loss to the Giants.

DeSclafani was tagged for four runs in the top of the second inning and two in the top of the third on a wet, ugly day at Great American Ball Park. The right-hander walked three and gave up six hits while striking out only two. He's been shaky now in four straight outings. DeSclafani will try to right the ship next week in Cleveland.
May 17 - 5:10 PM

Billy Hamilton has been moved down to the No. 8 spot in the Reds' lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Hamilton leads baseball with his 17 stolen bases this season, but his .212/.264/.336 batting line has left a lot to be desired. The red-hot Zack Cozart is hitting leadoff Sunday in Hamilton's place.
May 17 - 10:46 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce hit a solo home run and a single in Saturday's blowout loss to the Giants.

Bruce's solo home run off of Ryan Vogelsong came in the sixth inning, after the Reds had already been put into a 11-0 hole by Mike Leake. Bruce would finish the game 2-for-4. The career .248 hitter has struggled to find his even that sort of average groove this season and is batting a troubling .174/.279/.364 with six homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored. His weak 2014 season could at least somewhat be explained away by injuries, but Bruce has been relatively healthy in 2015, which makes the poor numbers a little more concerning.
May 16 - 10:43 PM

Mike Leake was an absolute disaster in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the Giants, allowing nine runs on 11 hits in five innings.

To put this in context, Leake had allowed 13 runs total in his previous 49 2/3 innings. The Giants scored two in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fourth and capped things off with a Brandon Crawford grand slam in the fifth. And that's how you allow nine runs in five innings. We'll give Leake the benefit of the doubt here, as he really had been pitching well prior to this implosion. Even with the horrible start, he holds a 3.62 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with a 30/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He will attempt to allow fewer than nine runs in his next scheduled start, a road outing against the Indians.
May 16 - 10:35 PM

Jason Marquis was knocked around for six runs over three innings in a loss to the Giants on Friday.

Marquis gave up a three-run blast to Brandon Belt in the first inning and later allowed three more runs in the third, including a two-run blast to Buster Posey. The veteran right-hander has served up nine home runs in just 38 innings this season and now owns a 6.63 ERA on the year. He doesn't figure to get many more chances in Cincinnati's rotation.
May 15 - 10:29 PM

Zack Cozart launched a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Giants.

Cozart missed some time earlier this week with a wrist injury, but he's obviously feeling better now. He's already up to six home runs on the year, which is two more than he had all of last season. We're still skeptical that his .319 batting average is meant to last, but he has amassed as many as 15 home runs in a season before and hitting second in the Reds' lineup should help him stay fantasy relevant.
May 15 - 10:26 PM


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