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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Reds sign Matthews to minor-league deal

Gary Matthews Jr. In a move that has been rumored since spring training, the Reds signed outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, the team announced on Thursday.

Matthews played 36 games for the Mets this season and hit an abysmal .190/.266/.241. While Matthews was being mentioned as a trade candidate for the Reds this spring, some inside the organization scoffed at the thought of Matthews making the big league squad.

Center fielder Drew Stubbs has struggled so far this season -- .231/.306/.382 -- but that's still better than Matthews, and Stubbs' defense is monumentally better at this point than the former Gold Glove-winning Matthews. The Reds also have another better option in Chris Heisey (.280/.368/.600 in 57 plate appearances), who is more natural at a corner outfield spot, but both of those are taken in Cincinnati with Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes. Laynce Nix is the fifth outfielder.

Matthews fits only where he'll be -- at Triple-A Louisville. The Bats haven true center fielder. Michael Griffen and utility man Chris Burke have been manning the outfield for Rick Sweet. The team has little other outfield depth, using two other part-time infielders, Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso, in the outfield, along with one-time prospect Wladimir Balentien.

Sure, the usual suspects will cry Dusty Baker and bring up Corey Patterson and Willy Taveras, and that could be an issue if Patterson were to make the roster, but that's not happening. There's no place for Matthews in Cincinnati and baring and injury, don't expect to see him there anytime soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:35 pm
 

Reds' Volquez may return before break

Edinson Volquez could return from Tommy John survey before the All-Star break, Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters, including the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay , before Friday's game in Seattle.

Volquez, who was suspended 50 games after failing a drug test, threw five scoreless innings in his second rehab start with Single-A Lynchburg on Thursday. Volquez struck out four batters and his fastball was clocked as high as 97 mph. Baker said it looks as if Volquez could return to the Reds as soon as July 7.

"That’s what I’ve got on my (schedule), barring setbacks,” Dusty Baker said. “We want to make sure he’s ready when he gets here.”

Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 3, 2009. His suspension was announced April 20. Volquez admitted he'd taken a male fertility drug, similar to the one Manny Ramirez was suspended for taking.

Baker said when Volquez returns, the former All-Star will return to the starting rotation.

“That’s what best for him in the long run,” Baker told Fay. “We’ve got a decision to make when it happens. Those are good decisions to make. When he comes back that’s like making a trade for an All-Star, which he was, through a non-trade.”

The Reds will have to keep an eye on rookie Mike Leake, who has thrown 83 1/3 innings so far this season. Leake, the Reds' top pick in the 2009 draft, threw 142 innings last season at Arizona State, signed late and threw 19 more innings in the Arizona Fall League.

The team's fifth starter, Homer Bailey, is currently on the disabled list, replaced by Sam LeCure. LeCure is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA in four starts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Umpires correct a bad call in Kansas City


The umpiring crew in Kansas City on Thursday night made an odd ruling in the fifth inning of the Royals-Astros game.

Under Rule 9.01 (c), umpires can pretty much do what they think is right in reversing a call. That rule was invoked when second-base umpire Mike Everitt admitted he missed a call and tried to right the wrong.

With one out and Mike Aviles on second, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a liner to shortstop Geoff Blum. Everitt signaled an out and Blum stepped on second to double up Aviles, who had advanced to third, ending the inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost went out to argue the call. After the umpires conferred, crew chief Tim McClelland ruled the ball wasn't caught, but Betancourt would likely have been thrown out at first. MLB.com's Dick Kaegel wrote Royals vice president Mike Swanson consulted with McClelland who said "to correct the missed call at second base" it was assumed Blum would have gotten Betancourt at first.

Aviles was awarded third and play was resumed with two outs. Scott Podsednik then did line out to Blum to end the inning.

Rule 9.01 (c) states: "Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules.Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules."

That rule was invoked earlier this season in a Reds-Dodgers game when a ball hit by pitcher Aaron Harang with bases loaded was ruled a catch, but umpires conferred, reversed the call and gave him a hit and an RBI. McClelland, coincidentally, was the crew chief in that game as well. After that game, both Reds manager Dusty Baker and Dodgers manager Joe Torre said they'd never seen a call like that made.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2010 4:23 pm
 

Reds' Phillips scratched



Reds second basemann Brandon Phillips was a late scratch because of leg soreness, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen reports .

Phillips, in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak, has started every game this season and missed just five innings the entire season, including the last two innings of the Reds' 11-5 victory over the Royals on Saturday. Phillips suffered a cramp in his right hamstring against Pittsburgh on May 27 which caused him to miss the last three innings of that game.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Phillips -- and third baseman Scott Rolen, who is getting a day off -- will be available to pinch-hit against Zack Greinke and the Royals on Sunday.

Like the rest of the Reds, Phillips has rebounded from a slow start, hitting .358 in his last 42 games and is now hitting .311/.371/.488 on the season with eight home runs and 23 RBI.

UPDATE: Phillips will undergo an MRI on Monday, he told Groeschen .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 6:14 pm
 

Reds' Bailey won't pitch Sunday


Rookie Sam LeCure will start for the Reds on Sunday against Zack Greinke, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said on Friday.

Homer Bailey did not throw a scheduled bullpen session on Friday after suffering from some soreness from his rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night.

"He came out of it a little more sore than usual," Baker said of Bailey, 24. "We kind of anticipated that."

Bailey was put on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Baker said Bailey would not start for Louisville on Sunday and the team is unsure when he will throw again.

In his place, LeCure has gone 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in three starts.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Suspended Volquez to start rehab assignment

Reds starter Edinson Volquez, currently serving a 50-game suspension, will start Saturday for the Lychburg Hillcats as part of a rehabilitation assignment, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon .

The suspension, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, will not impact his ability to play in minor league games. Volquez, an All-Star in 2008, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Aug. 3, 2009. Volquez has not thrown in a game since last June.

Although he's suspended for testing positive for PEDs, Volquez was allowed to continue his rehab at the Reds' facilities in Goodyear, Ariz., and will be eligible to return from his suspension next week, although his rehab will likely take longer than that.

Volquez could be used as a reliever upon his return to help the Reds' ailing bullpen or he could return later and take some of the pressure off of rookie starter Mike Leake, who has already thrown 73 innings this season, more than half of the 142 innings he threw at Arizona State last season. Leake bypassed the minor leagues and the Reds are closely monitoring his pitch counts and the number of innings he's thrown.

Another Reds starter, Homer Bailey, started for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night and could return for his spot in the rotation on Sunday aganst the Royals. Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters before the game that no decision has been made on Sunday's starter. If Bailey isn't ready, Sam LeCure will start against Kansas City's Zack Grienke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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