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Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
Apr 18 - 12:26 AM

Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against the Cardinals.

His first-inning blast was the only offense of the ballgame for the Reds, who have lost five out of their last six games. The loss aside, Votto continues to be a bright spot in the early going. He's batting .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI through 10 games and appears to be 100 percent after an injury-plagued 2014.
Apr 18 - 12:22 AM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is not yet cleared to catch but is available to pinch-hit Friday.

Mesoraco also revealed that his official diagnosis is a left hip impingement. The catcher remains hopeful of avoiding the disabled list, but it doesn't appear to be a given. Brayan Pena will be the primary catcher for the Reds in the meantime, with Taylor Barnhart serving as the backup.
Apr 17 - 5:00 PM

Devin Mesoraco (hip) is expected to return to the lineup at some point this weekend.

It's unlikely to be Friday, as the Reds just swapped out Kyle Skipworth for Tucker Barnhart at catcher prior to the game. Mesoraco is apparently feeling better, though, and looks to be back in action at some point versus the Cardinals. He's dealing with inflammation in his left hip.
Apr 17 - 3:29 PM

Reds recalled C Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville.

He'll serve as Brayan Pena's backup for now, although Devin Mesoraco (hip) is expected to be ready soon. Barnhart batted .185 (10-for-54) with a home run last season.
Apr 17 - 3:26 PM

Reds optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Triple-A Louisville.

He was only up for a few days and didn't see any action. Tucker Barnhart is up in his place.
Apr 17 - 3:25 PM

Jason Marquis yielded five runs (four earned) in four innings, taking the loss versus the Cubs on Wednesday.

Anthony Rizzo jumped on Jason Marquis for a two-run home run in the first inning. The Cubs added two more in the second with an RBI single and a bases-loaded hit batsman. Marquis, overall, surrendered seven hits and walked three while striking out six in the outing. Marquis will likely get bumped out of the rotation when Homer Bailey returns, but his fantasy value is already below sea level. He takes on the Brewers on the road next.
Apr 15 - 10:53 PM

Brandon Phillips singled twice in four at-bats as the Reds fell to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Phillips started the season on a 2-for-17 slide, but has come on in his last four games. Counting Wednesday's performance, he has nine hits (all singles) in his last 17 at-bats. Obviously, we'd like to see a double or a home run sprinkled in there, but we'll take what we can get after the 34-year-old posted a disappointing .678 OPS last season.
Apr 15 - 10:51 PM

Reds recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville.

Villarreal holds a 6.33 ERA over 15 appearances across the last three seasons with the Reds. He won't be used in high-leverage innings.
Apr 15 - 3:13 PM

Reds optioned RHP Josh Smith to Triple-A Louisville.

Smith was only up for a couple days and didn't appear in a game. Pedro Villareal has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Apr 15 - 3:12 PM

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds hope to have Devin Mesoraco (hip) back "in a week or less."

An MRI on Mesoraco's left hip showed no structural damage, but he remained back in Cincinnati to undergo treatment rather than join the club on the road in Chicago. "He still has some soreness, so he's continued to do some rehab stuff in Cincinnati," manager Bryan Price said. "It's a day-by-day thing and we hope to have him back soon." The earliest Mesoraco could play again appears to be this weekend in St. Louis, and that looks to be far from a given. However, the Reds appear willing to play a man short for a few days so that they don't have to commit to losing the catcher for 15 days. Brayan Pena will be behind the plate for now.
Apr 15 - 9:36 AM

Brandon Phillips passed a concussion test and could play as soon as Wednesday.

Phillips had to exit Tuesday's game due to lightheadedness following a collision with Starlin Castro, but it sounds like he'll be fine. The second baseman is batting .300/.323/.300 in the early going for the Reds.
Apr 14 - 11:31 PM

Anthony DeSclafani threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, as the Reds edged the Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday.

DeSclafani walked two to go with his two hits allowed, striking out five in the win. He's now turned in two good starts to begin the year, owning a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through 13 innings. The win was his first of the season, and he'll look to add another Monday at the Brewers.
Apr 14 - 11:23 PM

Billy Hamilton stole his eighth base of the season and scored a run in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Hamilton is now a perfect 8-for-8 in steal attempts through seven games. He also scored the first run of the game after the stolen base, finishing 1-for-4. Hamilton is hitting just .250 but has a .344 on-base percentage that has helped him score eight runs in the early going. If he can keep a respectable OBP throughout the year, there's no limit to the damage Hamilton could do on the basepaths.
Apr 14 - 11:15 PM

Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Votto had an RBI single in the fourth inning to get the scoring started, and he doubled an inning later. Votto now has nine RBI and is hitting .375 on the young season. He's hit safely in seven of the Reds' eight games thus far.
Apr 14 - 11:11 PM

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