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Reds' Matt Bowman: Fails to earn bullpen spot
Bowman was sent to minor-league camp Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Bowman didn't allow an earned run in six spring innings and recorded a 7:1 K:BB, but that wasn't enough to earn him an Opening Day bullpen spot. He could be up in the big leagues at some point this season but won't be a particularly dangerous weapon there, as his career ERA in 149.1 major-league innings sits at a mediocre 4.10.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Kyle Farmer: Will make Opening Day roster
Farmer was called up from the Reds' minor-league camp Saturday and will be included on the team's Opening Day roster, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
The Reds sent Farmer to the minors Friday in what appeared to be an acknowledgement that Curt Casali had secured the team's backup catcher job and that Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias had beaten Farmer out for utility infield roles. Farmer will still find himself third on the depth chart at catcher, but he's now on track to provide the team with another reserve option in the infield after Scooter Gennett was diagnosed with a strained right groin that will keep him sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks. Iglesias will assume the everyday gig at shortstop while Jose Peraza shifts over to second base as the main replacement for Gennett.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Nick Senzel: Not in line to replace Gennett
President of baseball operations Dick Williams said Saturday that Senzel will continue to be developed as a center fielder at Triple-A Louisville to begin the season rather than transitioning back to an infield role, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Williams' comments indicate that the Reds have no plans to reverse their decision to demote Senzel to their minor-league game following the news Saturday that top second baseman Scooter Gennett (groin) would miss the next 8-to-12 weeks. Senzel drew 28 starts at the keystone for Louisville in 2018, but the Reds feel he's a better long-term fit in center field, where the team lacks an MLB-caliber hitter who can also handle the defensive rigors of the position. While Gennett is out, the Reds are expected to deploy Jose Iglesias as their primary shortstop, resulting in Jose Peraza shifting over to second. Senzel remains on track to get the call to the big leagues at some point in the back half of April once the Reds have secured an extra year of club control.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jose Iglesias: Opening season as top shortstop
Iglesias is slated to begin the regular season as the Reds' top shortstop, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Attending camp as a non-roster invitee, Iglesias had been on track to win a utility infield job, but he rose atop the depth chart at shortstop after the Reds relayed Saturday that Scooter Gennett (groin) would be sidelined for 8-to-12 weeks. Jose Peraza will shift over to second base in Gennett's stead, paving the way for Iglesias, a stellar defender, to handle the more challenging position. Iglesias looks like he could enjoy an extended run in an everyday role, as president of baseball operations Dick Williams said that top prospect Nick Senzel would continue to be developed as a center fielder at Triple-A Louisville instead of transitioning back to the infield, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Out 2-to-3 months
Gennett was diagnosed Saturday with a strained right groin and is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks.
The news is a devastating blow to the Reds with Opening Day less than a week away, as the team will now be without a key middle-of-the-order bat until at least late May. Gennett's injury likely paves the way for non-roster invitees Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias to both break camp with the big club, with the latter slated to draw regular starts alongside shortstop Jose Peraza in the middle infield, per Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Though top prospect Nick Senzel looms at Triple-A Louisville and logged 28 starts at second base for the affiliate in 2018, president of baseball operations Dick Williams said the youngster won't be a candidate to replace Gennett and will instead continue his transition to the outfield, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Not playing Saturday
Gennett (groin) is out of the lineup for Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Gennett tweaked his right groin Friday against the Brewers, resulting in his removal from the contest. The Reds sent the second baseman in for an MRI afterward, but an update on the severity of his injury hasn't yet been revealed. In the event that Gennett is unavailable for the March 28 season opener versus the Pirates, the Reds could turn to one of Derek Dietrich or Jose Iglesias -- who are both attending camp as non-roster invitees -- to start in the middle infield.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Update coming Saturday
Gennett exited Friday's spring game against the Brewers with a right groin injury.
Gennett suffered the injury sliding to field a grounder and ultimately had to be helped off the field. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the second baseman underwent an MRI after the game, though the results are not yet known. Look for Gennett's status to be updated Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Phillip Ervin: Shipped to minors camp
Ervin was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Ervin hit an impressive .341/.438/.780 with five homers, two stolen bases and a 6:8 BB:K this spring (16 games), but it wasn't enough for the 26-year-old to earn a spot on the Reds' Opening Day roster thanks to the team's impressive outfield depth. The outfielder hit .252/.324/.404 with seven homers and six steals across 78 games with the big club last season.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Kyle Farmer: Heads to minors
Farmer was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Farmer hit a solid .381/.400/.738 with nine extra-base hits (two homers, two triples and five doubles) this spring, but it wasn't enough for him to lock down an Opening Day bench spot. The 28-year-old, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the offseason, should provide catching and infield depth for the Reds in 2019. Farmer owns a career .250/.309/.330 line across parts of two big-league seasons (59 games).... See More ... See Less
Reds' Blake Trahan: Returned to minors
Trahan was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
As expected, Trahan will report to Triple-A Louisville to begin the year, as there's simply no room on the big-league roster for the infielder following the signing of Jose Iglesias. The 25-year-old hit .238/.319/.262 with a pair of stolen bases in 19 spring appearances.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Lucas Sims: Loses rotation battle
Sims was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Sims was fighting with Tyler Mahle to break camp as the Reds' fifth starter, but the right-hander will open the year back in the minors after stumbling to an 8.10 ERA and 1.80 WHIP through 6.2 innings this spring. He'll remain an option to start for the Reds down the line should another opportunity arise.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sal Romano: Heading to minors
Romano was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Romano is converting to the bullpen, a move which may be necessary for him to have success at the highest level, as he owns a 4.99 ERA in 232.2 career innings in the majors. He's on the 40-man roster, so he'll have a chance to return in a relief role at some point this season.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Exits Friday's game
Gennett left Friday's Cactus League game against the Brewers with an apparent leg injury, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Gennett made an awkward slide fielding a grounder in short right field and needed to be helped off the field. Specifics of the injury remain unclear but it's a worrying development with less than a week to go before Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Cody Reed: Loses bullpen battle
Reed was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Reed had been in contention for a bullpen spot but didn't help his case with a 7.00 ERA in nine spring innings. The lefty had a decent 3.98 ERA in 43 innings at the big-league level last season and could get called upon when a reliever ahead of him gets injured.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Ian Krol: Heads to minors
Krol was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Krol had a very strong spring, allowing just a single run in 9.1 innings of work. The 27-year-old has a mediocre 4.50 ERA in 190 innings at the big-league level.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tyler Mahle: To break camp as fifth starter
Mahle will be the Reds' fifth starter to open the season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Mahle is expected to pitch the Reds' fifth game of the season, April 2 against the Brewers. His rotation stint may only be temporary, as Alex Wood (back) will be on the injured list to start the season but isn't expected to miss too much time.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Nick Senzel: Won't break camp in big leagues
Senzel was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
The move seemingly closes off Senzel's chances of making the Opening Day roster. Whether for service-time manipulation reasons or out of a legitimate desire to have Senzel work on his defense at his new position of center field, the Reds appear set to open the season with Scott Schebler as the starting center fielder. Senzel should still be up early in the season and should spend the bulk of the year in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Roughed up by Royals
DeSclafani gave up five earned runs on six hits and three walks over 5.2 innings Thursday against the Royals. The big hit was a three-run homer in the fifth inning by Jorge Soler.
Four of the five runs against DeSclafani came in the fifth inning, as he was working on getting stretched out, while still throwing more curveballs. He'll pitch one more exhibition game Tuesday against the Braves, before pitching in the fourth regular season game of the year.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Connor Joe: Dealt to Giants
Joe was traded to the Giants from the Reds in exchange for pitcher Jordan Johnson, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Joe was a Rule 5 draft pick for the Reds, and was formerly in the Dodgers organization. He appeared both at Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2018, hitting a combined .299/.408/.527. He'll have to remain on the major-league roster, or else he will be offered back to the Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jesse Winker: No concern over slow spring
Winker has failed to record a hit in his last 13 spring at-bats, but manager David Bell isn't concerned, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
When asked if there was concern over Winker's struggles this spring, Bell stated, "No, I'm not. I'm not at all. I wish I had a better way to explain why spring training results -- I don't look too much into them." While Bell has previously said he would like to get Winker regular at-bats this season, the outfield in Cincinnati is crowded with the likes of Matt Kemp and Scott Schebler also fighting for playing time. The situation will only get further complicated when top prospect Nick Senzel joins the team.... See More ... See Less