Player News - Reds

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Tucker Barnhart (hand) is not in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

It's his second straight absence. Barnhart bruised his hand against the Dodgers earlier this week, though fortunately his X-rays came back negative. Ramon Cabrera will start behind the plate and bat eighth against D'Backs starter Zack Godley. Barnhart is considered day-to-day, though the Reds did call up Raffy Lopez from Triple-A in case the injury lingers.
Aug 27 - 6:16 PM

Reds optioned 2B Tony Renda to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds needed to clear a roster spot for backup catcher Raffy Lopez. Renda played sparingly in his month with Cincinnati, making only five starts at second base and left field. There's a good chance the Reds will welcome him back when rosters expand in a few days.
Aug 27 - 6:10 PM

Reds purchased the contract of C Raffy Lopez from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds needed to add a catcher with Tucker Barnhart battling a bruised hand. Second baseman Tony Renda was demoted to Louisville in the corresponding move. Lopez has hit just .213 with one homer over 155 minor league at-bats this season.
Aug 27 - 6:06 PM

Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is back in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Cozart missed seven games with knee and heel injuries before returning as a pinch-hitter on Friday night. He's back at shortstop and hitting second against D'Backs right-hander Zack Godley. Cozart has already matched a career-high with 15 homers this season.
Aug 27 - 5:20 PM

Zack Cozart (knee, heel) collected a double as a pinch hitter in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Cozart had missed over a week's worth of games due to his various ailments, but was available off of the bench on Friday and is expected to rejoin the starting lineup on Saturday. The hard-hitting shortstop is slashing .265/.315/.446 with 15 homers and 46 RBI on the season.
Aug 27 - 8:23 AM

Brandon Finnegan struck out 12 while allowing two runs in six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

This makes five quality starts in six outings for Finnegan, who, despite his recent success, entered the night as the NL leader in homers and walks allowed. He's making it tough on the Reds as they try to decide how to handle him in September. On the one hand, he's doing his best work of the season. On the other, he's thrown 40 more innings than he did last year. It's probably in his best interests to curtail his workload some.
Aug 27 - 1:39 AM

Tucker Barnhart was scratched from the Reds lineup on Friday due to a sore right hand.

The injury is believed to be very minor and shouldn't cause an extended absence from the lineup. Barnhart could be back behind the dish as early as Saturday.
Aug 27 - 12:08 AM

Tucker Barnhart was a late scratch from the Reds starting lineup on Friday.

No reason has been given for the late swap, but it'll be Ramon Cabrera starting behind the dish for the Reds on Friday night against Braden Shipley and the Diamondbacks.
Aug 26 - 8:35 PM

Zack Cozart (knee, heel) is expected to rejoin the Reds starting lineup on Saturday.

Cozart has missed more than a week's worth of action due to knee and heel ailments. He is available off of the bench on Friday and should take his rightful place at shortstop for Saturday's contest against the Diamondbacks.
Aug 26 - 7:13 PM

Tim Adleman coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in five innings but escaped with a no-decision versus the Rangers on Wednesday.

All five runs scored via the longball in this interleague matchup. The biggest was a three-run bomb by Nomar Mazara in the second inning. He gave up back-to-back homers to pitcher Yu Darvish and Ian Desmond in the fifth inning. Adleman pitched well this past Friday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A but he couldn't keep that mojo humming tonight. He made four effective major league starts in May. For the season he is 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.
Aug 24 - 10:49 PM

Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs with a double in the Reds' loss on Wednesday.

The double was of the ground rule variety. If the ball had not bounced over the fence a third run would have scored. Cabrera is batting .248 with one home run as the Reds' backup catcher behind Tucker Barnhart due to the season-long absence of Devin Mesoraco. He doesn't get enough playing time to merit fantasy consideration even in most two-catcher leagues.
Aug 24 - 10:32 PM

Zack Cozart (knee, heel) remains out Wednesday.

Cozart has now missed a full week due to soreness in his right knee and Achilles. The hot-hitting Jose Peraza will get another start at shortstop versus the Rangers.
Aug 24 - 2:24 PM

Dan Straily held the Rangers off the scoreboard for six innings in Tuesday's 3-0 victory.

He surrendered just three singles and two walks while recording five strikeouts. Straily looked like he was hitting a wall in June, but he's now gone 10 straight outings without allowing more than three runs. He boasts a 2.43 ERA since the beginning of July. Straily will try to keep it going the next time out in Anaheim.
Aug 23 - 10:11 PM

Tony Cingrani walked a pair of batters but hung on to convert his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Raisel Iglesias was much more impressive in striking out three in a scoreless seventh and eighth, but Cingrani was able to pitch around a couple free passes to nail down the victory. Iglesias has notched a couple saves this month, but Cingrani still looks like the favorite for saves in Cincy.
Aug 23 - 10:02 PM

Jose Peraza singled twice and stole a pair of bases in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

He's now an incredible 9-for-19 at the plate since being recalled last week. There's not really a spot for Peraza to get regular starts once Zack Cozart (Achilles) is ready, but he's certainly playing well enough to force the Reds to make a tough decision. Perhaps they'll bench Scott Schebler.
Aug 23 - 9:58 PM


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