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Mat Latos gave up five runs -- four earned -- in seven innings Monday in a loss to the Brewers.

There's been no public concern expressed for Latos' elbow of late, but one imagines that the Reds would have had him start one of their first couple of games after the break if they hadn't believed he'd benefit from the extra rest. As is, he's had a couple of pretty mediocre starts his last two times out after three very strong outings previously. He's far from a sure thing in the second half.
Jul 21 - 11:42 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 and hit his sixth homer against the Brewers on Monday.

Hamilton only brings out his power stroke against Milwaukee; four of his six homers have come versus the Brewers.
Jul 21 - 11:39 PM

Joey Votto (quad) received the second of two rounds of platelet-rich plasma injections on Monday.

"That is a part of his recovery," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a couple of days of ... I don't want to say total inactivity, but resting it and not doing a lot on the knee and then returning to his rehab protocol. It's a good thing, because it's a part of his recovery that we think is going to be very effective." General manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on Sunday that he expected Votto to be on the shelf for about five more weeks. He's dealing with a distal strain of his left quad.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Jul 21 - 8:40 PM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday.

"He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away." Phillips is expected to be sidelined until late August following left thumb surgery.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Jul 21 - 8:38 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce is not in Monday's lineup against the Brewers.

Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats, so Reds manager Bryan Price wants to give him a breather. Skip Schumaker will start in right field Monday while Donald Lutz plays first.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jul 21 - 5:42 PM

Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) took the loss Sunday afternoon against the Yankees.

It's hard to put all of the blame on the flame-throwing left-hander given that the Yankees' winning run scored on a pop-up behind first base that should have been caught. Chapman tweaked his left hamstring in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but he should be fine and his job is safe.
Jul 21 - 3:33 AM

Johnny Cueto gave up two earned runs in five innings Sunday in the Reds' loss to the Yankees.

Cueto was not at his best, walking four batters, allowing five hits, and needing 112 pitches to get through just five frames as the Reds were swept at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander will try to bounce back next week at home against the Nationals. He owns a 2.18 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 148/39 K/BB ratio in 148 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 20 - 4:46 PM

Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto was hitless in two pitch-hitting appearances during his recent stint with the big club. Skip Schumaker was activated from the DL to take his spot.
Jul 20 - 12:22 PM

Reds activated 2B/OF Skip Schumaker from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Schumaker passed his concussion test Saturday and got through workouts Sunday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to action. He's at second base and hitting second for the Reds Sunday.
Jul 20 - 12:17 PM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still approximately five weeks away from a return.

Jocketty has pegged late August as the timetable for both Votto and Brandon Phillips (thumb). Votto, of course, is dealing with a nagging distal left quadriceps strain, an ailment that first popped up in mid-May. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being fully healthy until next season.
Jul 20 - 11:51 AM

Reds signed INF Donnie Murphy to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.

Murphy will provide some depth at second base for the Reds with Brandon Phillips (thumb) on the shelf for a while. He has a shot to be promoted quickly.
Jul 20 - 8:17 AM

Alfredo Simon yielded four runs (two earned) over five innings in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

Simon gave up five hits (including a solo homer to Carlos Beltran) and one walk while notching four strikeouts. This was his first loss since way back on May 27. The All-Star right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises in the game this season with a 2.74 ERA over 19 starts. We wouldn't be surprised to see him wear down during the second half, but he's been a life-saver for the Reds until this point.
Jul 19 - 4:11 PM

Chris Heisey clubbed a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

It was the only offense of the day for the Reds. Heisey didn't play much in June, but he's hitting .355 (11-for-31) with two home runs and two doubles this month. He's worth a try where available in deeper formats.
Jul 19 - 4:08 PM

Skip Schumaker has passed his concussion tests, but has to wait on the league and players association to sign off on the results before he can be activated by the Reds.

It sounds as though Schumaker will return to the Reds this weekend, though it doesn't look like it will get done in time for Saturday's afternoon game. Before hitting the DL, he was slashing .240/.287/.315 with a homer and 14 RBI in 47 games.
Jul 19 - 11:43 AM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw 5 1/3 solid innings for Double-A Pensacola on Friday, scattering two hits and one walk, allowing one run and striking out one batter.

Stephenson needed just 57 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings, throwing 31 of his pitches for strikes (54.3 percent). Stephen has been solid but not spectacular this season, and will need to work on his command to get his walk rate below 4.5 BB/9 before he has a chance to be promoted to the major leagues. The 21-year old righty still profiles as a No. 2 pitcher.
Jul 19 - 11:14 AM


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