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Making his season debut, Homer Bailey (elbow) was touched up for five runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Bailey looked very rusty, giving up nine hits and three walks while failing to strike out a batter. This was the first time since September 23, 2009 that he didn't record a strikeout in a start. On the bright side, his velocity was only a tick below normal and he still induced eight swinging strikes. We probably wouldn't start him quite yet in mixed leagues, but there's obviously reason to hold on to him.
Apr 18 - 6:00 PM

Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

His fifth-inning blast off was his first home run of the season and the only offense the Reds could muster off Carlos Martinez. The 29-year-old has hit safely in seven straight games and is batting .368 (14-for-38) on the young season, but with his poor plate discipline, it's unlikely to last.
Apr 18 - 5:57 PM

Billy Hamilton is day-to-day with a sore groin.

Hamilton tweaked a groin muscle Saturday when he leaped awkwardly over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams after beating out a hard grounder to second base. The young speedster looked to be in a good amount of pain and can probably be ruled out for Sunday night's series finale in St. Louis.
Apr 18 - 5:37 PM

Billy Hamilton left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

Hamilton legged out an infield single in the top of the eighth inning but had to leap over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and landed awkwardly. It looked like it might have been a groin strain. There should be an update from the Reds within the hour.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

Reds activated RHP Homer Bailey from the 15-day disabled list.

Bailey will make his season debut against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday. His return has bumped Raisel Iglesias from the Reds rotation and down to Triple-A Louisville. Fantasy owners may want to hold him out of lineups for his first start to measure his effectiveness.
Apr 18 - 10:40 AM

Reds optioned RHP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville.

The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in just one game in his brief stay with the Reds, hurling a pair of scoreless innings. He should get another opportunity with the big league club later in the season.
Apr 18 - 10:37 AM

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

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