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Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that Aroldis Chapman (head) could throw live batting practice before the end of the team's upcoming road trip.

The road trip concludes on April 27. Chapman threw his first bullpen session since surgery on Monday and came out of it feeling "great." While the closer's rehab is going well, he still isn't expected back until mid-to-late May.
Apr 16 - 11:20 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Bruce is getting a breather against tough left-hander Francisco Liriano. Chris Heisey is starting in his place in right field. Devin Mesoraco is also sitting out, with Brayan Pena getting the start behind the dish.
Apr 16 - 9:36 AM

Mike Leake earned his second win of the season, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Reds defeated the Pirates 7-5 on Tuesday.

Leake helped his own cause with the bat, hitting a two-run home run -- the third of his career -- off of Gerrit Cole in the sixth inning to pad the Reds' lead to 5-2. On the pitching side of things, Leake allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.95. He'll get the Pirates again on Monday.
Apr 15 - 10:46 PM

Todd Frazier went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run as the Reds defeated the Pirates on Tuesday.

Frazier took Gerrit Cole deep in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season. The home run gave the Reds a 3-2 victory and was the start of a four-run outburst in the inning. Frazier has been characteristically hit or miss to start the season, not providing much in the way of average, but occasionally providing some power. He has finished each of the last two seasons with 19 home runs.
Apr 15 - 10:40 PM

Devin Mesoraco's strong start to the season continued as he went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in during Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Mesoraco knocked in two runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh, a contribution that would later turn out to have been very important. Mesoraco's average slides up to .524 with the effort, though the sample size remains quite small at 24 plate appearances. The Reds have had one of the league's more impotent offenses to start the year, but none of that can be put on Mesoraco's shoulders.
Apr 15 - 10:34 PM

Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a walk and an RBI as the Reds defeated the Pirates on Tuesday.

Votto is showing the meaninglessness of spring stats, as he has turned a mediocre spring showing into a hot start to the regular season. Tuesday's four-hit night brought his average up to .333. He seems eager to lead the league in on-base percentage for a fifth consecutive season.
Apr 15 - 10:29 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Tuesday.

It's just a day of rest after Hamilton went hitless in the series opener to drop his batting line to .140/.178/.209. Roger Bernadina is taking his spot in center field, while Chris Heisey is hitting leadoff. Heisey is playing left field as Ryan Ludwick sits.

Although he struck out nine, Homer Bailey gave up four homers and five runs in five innings versus the Pirates on Monday.

Bailey won't be involved in the decision in the suspended game. Bailey did have to deal with a bit of a breeze blowing out to left tonight, but he just wasn't very good... again. He's allowed six homers and 24 hits in 14 1/3 innings for the year. We don't expect the struggles to last, but we'll see. He does have an easier assignment against the Cubs coming up.
Apr 14 - 11:45 PM

Skip Schumaker (shoulder) did some throwing and hit off of a tee Monday.

Schumaker is no longer feeling any soreness in his left shoulder. "We're optimistic that, in relatively short order, he'll be able to get into game action," Reds manager Bryan Price said. It sounds like he could be back before the end of the month.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Apr 14 - 7:18 PM

Reds prospect LHP David Holmberg was hammered for six runs on six hits and a walk on Sunday for Triple-A Louisville.

The 22-year-old left-hander managed to record just one out before he was chased from the game. Holmberg posted a 2.75 ERA in 157 1/3 innings at Double-A Mobile last season and even made an uneventful spot start in the majors for the Diamondbacks. He was acquired by the Reds during the offseason as part of a three-team trade and provides the organization with left-handed rotation depth in the high minors.
Apr 14 - 5:57 PM

Aroldis Chapman (head) threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound Monday and reported feeling "great."

It was his first time on a mound since he was struck in the face by a comebacker in a March 19 Cactus League game. Chapman needed surgery to repair fractures around his nose and left eye, and the Reds will likely continue to bring him along slowly. A mid-to-late May activation date seems about right.
Apr 14 - 3:58 PM

Joey Votto is batting second for a third straight game Monday night against the Pirates.

Votto has some of the best on-base ability in the sport, so it makes sense to bat him as high as possible. Billy Hamilton will hit leadoff and Brandon Phillips will hit third in Monday's series-opener with Pittsburgh.
Apr 14 - 11:56 AM

Tony Cingrani held the Rays to two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's 12-4 victory.

He walked three but struck out six and allowed just five hits. Cingrani is the first pitcher in 100 years to start his career with 21 straight starts allowing five hits or fewer. He struggled in his second outing of the season but has pitched quite well the other two times out. The lefty takes on the Cubs next weekend.
Apr 13 - 5:23 PM

Devin Mesoraco blasted a three-run homer and drove in four runs in Sunday's win over the Rays.

The longball came off of Brandon Gomes with two outs in the third inning. The Reds had a long overdue offensive explosion, as Joey Votto and Chris Heisey also homered and the club pounded out 12 runs and 13 hits overall. Mesoraco has two dingers in his first four games this season.
Apr 13 - 5:09 PM

Reds prospect left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett struck out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings for Low-A Dayton on Saturday.

If you're a fan of college basketball, you may recognize Garrett's name as he played two seasons with the St. John's Red Storm before transferring to Cal State, Northridge following the 2012-2013 season. Garrett brings a mid-90s fastball from the left side, and the fact that he is playing while colleges are still in session is the biggest indicator that he has left behind his hoop dreams to become a pitcher. Garrett's development is a bit behind the curve due to his playing basketball, but he has the potential to become a top of the rotation ace. The more likely role is in the bullpen due to his unrefined arsenal and electric fastball.
Apr 13 - 12:23 PM


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