Player News - Reds

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Eugenio Suarez (paternity) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Suarez missed all three games of the series against the Cardinals following the birth of his first child, but he's ready to go for the weekend series versus the Red Sox. He's at third base and batting fifth against Rick Porcello.
Sep 22 - 3:08 PM

Billy Hamilton (thumb) is in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Hamilton surprisingly returned from the disabled list Wednesday, but this will be his first game since being activated after missing a couple weeks with a fractured left thumb. He's almost surely not going to be 100 percent at the plate, but you know he's going to run if he gets on base. Hamilton is trying to hang on to his major league-leading stolen base total. He is currently three pilfers ahead of Dee Gordon (58 to 55).
Sep 22 - 3:07 PM

Reds signed C Tucker Barnhart to a four-year, $15.5 million contract extension with a $7.5 million club option for 2022.

The buyout on the option is $500,000, so he's guaranteed at least $16 million with his new contract. Barnhart had been set for his first year of arbitration eligibility this offseason, but now he's locked up for at least one and possibly two free agent years. The 26-year-old has hit a solid .264/.336/.389 over the last two seasons for the Reds and has rated very well in terms of defensive metrics both years. The Reds owe Devin Mesoraco $13.125 million in 2018 in his last year under contract, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see them try to unload him this winter.
Sep 22 - 9:23 AM

Raisel Iglesias (illness) allowed a couple runs in a non-save situation in his return to the mound Thursday.

Iglesias didn't pitch for nearly a week because he was under the weather, but he appears to be good to go now. The dynamite closer has allowed runs in back-to-back appearances for just the second time all season.
Sep 22 - 8:11 AM

Scott Schebler hit a pair of home runs in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

Schebler absolutely punished a Carlos Martinez pitch in the seventh inning, missing hitting it out of the park by a few rows, and he tacked on another solo homer off lefty reliever Zach Duke in the ninth. The homers were Nos. 28 and 29 this year for the 26-year-old, who had just 12 career homers coming into the year. His average (.236 through Thursday) leaves something to be desired, but the power is legitimate and could even get better with time.
Sep 22 - 1:01 AM

Phillip Ervin hit a two-run home run, his third of the year, in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

Ervin lined a Carlos Martinez offering over the left field wall in the fourth inning, his third homer in 22 major league games thus far. It was his only hit in three at-bats. The 25-year-old has shown some things in his September audition, batting .295/.367/.545 with three homers and three steals. The 2013 first-rounder is certainly giving Reds brass something to think about this offseason.
Sep 22 - 12:53 AM

Homer Bailey allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Bailey was victimized by a pair of Dexter Fowler doubles among the Cardinals' seven hits, the first leading to a run in the first inning and the second plating two more runs in the third. Bailey also walked two while striking out three before exiting. The loss dropped him to 5-9 with an ugly 6.96 ERA and 1.75 WHIP through 17 starts this year. A start Wednesday against the Brewers should put a cap on the 31-year-old's season.
Sep 22 - 12:44 AM

Jesse Winker went 1-for-4 with an RBI as the leadoff batter in a loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

He laced an RBI single that plated Patrick Kivlehan in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old is making a nice initial impression in his first taste of big league action. After hitting just two home runs in 85 games at Triple-A Louisville this year, he already has six homers in 38 games in the majors. He has a .282/.368/.495 slash line with 13 RBI and 17 runs in 118 plate appearances. His swing is geared more toward line drives than longballs.
Sep 20 - 10:21 PM

Rookie Davis coughed up five runs in three innings and was charged with a loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

He served up home runs to Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong in the brief outing and now has a gruesome 8.63 ERA in 24 innings of action. The 24-year-old rookie began the season in the Reds' starting rotation but was clearly not ready and got destroyed in five starts before being demoted. He put up a 4.77 ERA at Triple-A Louisville before getting called back to the majors when rosters expanded. He had a very low ground-ball rate in the minors and needs to learn how to keep the ball out of the air if he is going to survive in Great American Ball Park.
Sep 20 - 10:14 PM

Raisel Iglesias felt light-headed while trying to warm up on Tuesday night.

That's why he never made an appearance in the Reds' extra-innings loss to the visiting Cardinals. Iglesias is believed to be dealing with the flu and might also be unavailable for Wednesday's game. Reds manager Bryan Price will likely play the matchups if a save situation should arise.
Sep 20 - 3:59 PM

Reds activated OF Billy Hamilton from the 10-day disabled list.

Hamilton expressed frustration Tuesday over the Reds' medical staff slowing his rehab plan and now management has given heed to his desire to get back on the field for the final stretch of the regular season. The speedy center fielder suffered a fractured left thumb while trying to lay down a bunt back on September 6 and he might be limited to pinch-running duties out of the gate. Hamilton needs just one more stolen base to set a new career high.
Sep 20 - 12:06 PM

Wandy Peralta (hip) retired both batters he faced to earn a hold Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

It was the first live action in 17 days for Peralta, who suffered a hip injury back on September 2. The 26-year-old left-hander holds a decent 3.88 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 52/19 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings this season. He's been one of the few bright spots on a historically bad Reds pitching staff.
Sep 20 - 9:07 AM

Jackson Stephens was undone by a rough fourth inning Tuesday, allowing five runs across 3 2/3 frames against the Cardinals.

Stephens was perfect through the first three innings, but then the Cardinals batted around in the fourth. The big blow was a three-run homer from Yadier Molina, and Paul DeJong followed him with a blast of his own. It’s unclear whether Stephens will get another start, but fantasy owners can ignore him.
Sep 19 - 11:12 PM

Zack Cozart socked a two-run homer and added a single Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

Cozart took John Gant deep in the third inning to give the Reds a 4-0 lead at the time, but the Cardinals outscored them 8-3 the rest of the way. It was Cozart's 23rd bomb of the season, and five of them have come over his last seven contests.
Sep 19 - 11:00 PM

Billy Hamilton (thumb) expressed frustration to reporters Tuesday about his slowed rehab plan.

Hamilton has resumed most baseball activities and was hoping to take batting practice Tuesday, but the Reds' medical staff would not clear him to do so. "I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm ready," Hamilton said. "I feel like I am pain-free. I want to be out there with my team. I feel like it's still a step behind, especially when you feel like you're ready to go." The speedy center fielder landed on the disabled list September 6 after suffering a fractured left thumb. This is a sticky situation, with the last-place Reds focusing more on 2018 than the final dozen games of the 2017 campaign.
Sep 19 - 7:46 PM

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