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Reds' Lucas Sims: First rehab outing coming Tuesday
Sims (elbow) will make his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Sims is ready to begin the final phase of his recovery process from the right elbow sprain that has kept him on the shelf for the past month. He'll likely need to make at least two appearances at Louisville before rejoining the Reds, but once activated, Sims should factor into the late-inning mix for the big club. Before the injury cropped up, Sims registered seven saves in nine chances on the season, but he'll likely be behind Heath Hembree in the bullpen pecking order upon returning.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tyler Stephenson: Reaches base five times
Stephenson went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 10-6 loss to St. Louis.
The catcher has recorded multiple hits in four of his last six starts, although the other two games in that sample were 0-fers. All three of Stephenson's hits Sunday were singles. The 24-year-old is slashing .288/.378/.419 with five home runs, 27 RBI and 39 runs scored across 251 plate appearances. He remains the favorite for playing time behind the dish versus left-handed pitching, but he has drawn starts four times versus right-handers in the last eight games.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Joey Votto: Goes yard again Sunday
Votto went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and two walks in Sunday's 10-6 loss to St. Louis.
The first baseman is running hot with three homers, eight RBI and five runs scored in his last six games. Votto's recent hot streak has him slashing .267/.363/.490 on the year. He's added 14 long balls, 48 RBI, 32 runs scored and a stolen base through 289 plate appearances while remaining a fixture in the heart of Cincinnati's order.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Sonny Gray: Lit up in loss
Gray (2-6) allowed eight runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three in 3.1 innings, taking the loss versus St. Louis on Sunday.
The right-hander yielded three home runs in the contest, and he was relieved by Edgar Garcia after Dylan Carlson's two-run blast in the fourth inning. Both of Gray's starts since the All-Star break have been poor, although Sunday's effort ended a streak of four outings without allowing a homer. The 31-year-old has a 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 89:28 K:BB through 70 innings this season. He lines up for a road start versus the Mets during next weekend's series.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Aristides Aquino: Primary Castellanos replacement
Aquino will start in right field and bat sixth Sunday against the Cardinals.
Aquino will start for the fourth time in five games and seems to have emerged as the primary replacement in the outfield for Nick Castellanos (wrist), who was moved to the injured list Friday. Though he's posted a .931 OPS since returning from the injured list in mid-June, Aquino will likely need to maintain his hot hitting at the plate in order to hold off Shogo Akiyama for a regular role in the outfield until Castellanos returns.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Mike Freeman: Draws start at hot corner
Freeman will start at third base and bat eighth Sunday against the Cardinals.
Freeman will pick up his second start of the second half after previously filling in for Kyle Farmer at shortstop in a July 18 loss to the Brewers. The veteran utility man is slashing .200/.286/.200 across 56 plate appearances on the season.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tyler Stephenson: Picks up second start of series
Stephenson will start at catcher and bat third Sunday against the Cardinals.
He'll crack the lineup for the second time in the series after going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in Friday's 6-5 win. Most of Stephenson's starts in recent weeks have come against left-handed pitching, but he'll take aim at a right-hander (Johan Oviedo) while top backstop Tucker Barnhart sits for the day game after a night game.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Tucker Barnhart: Resting Sunday
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Barnhart will get a breather for the second time in the series, allowing Tyler Stephenson to pick up a turn behind the plate. Cincinnati should continue to hand Barnhart the bulk of the starts against right-handed pitching for the foreseeable future, though he could fall into more of a timeshare at the position with Stephenson if the 51-47 Reds start to fade in the National League playoff picture.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Eugenio Suarez: Takes seat Sunday
Suarez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
He'll sit for the first time in the second half after falling into a 3-for-27 funk at the plate over his last seven starts. The slump has dropped Suarez's season-long slash line to .172/.257/.361, with the lowly batting average placing him last in the majors among all qualified hitters. Mike Freeman will fill in for Suarez at the hot corner.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Joey Votto: Slams 13th homer
Votto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in a 5-3 win over St. Louis.
The veteran first baseman padded a one-run Reds lead with a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning. The long ball was Votto's 13th of the season and accounted for his 45th RBI. He has been on fire at the plate of late, going 9-for-19 with a pair of homers and five RBI over his past five games.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jesse Winker: Falls triple shy of cycle
Winker went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBI in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Cardinals.
Winker played a part in all but one of the Reds' runs in the contest. He doubled home a pair of runners in the second inning and crushed a two-run homer to right field in the seventh. Winker has enjoyed two three-hit games in his past five contests and is slashing .297/.374/.531 with 20 homers and 56 RBI in his breakout campaign.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Heath Hembree: Secures another save
Hembree picked up the save Saturday against the Cardinals, retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.
The right-hander needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order and earn his eighth save of the campaign. Seven of the eight pitches went for strikes, though none were of the swinging variety. Hembree has blown only one save on the season and has allowed only two earned runs across his past 13 appearances spanning 12.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Luis Castillo: Continues dominant run
Castillo (4-10) earned the win over St. Louis on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out nine across seven innings.
Castillo fell behind by a run in the second inning, but that ended up being the only score the Cardinals could muster against the right-hander in the contest. Castillo registered an impressive 23 swings-and-misses in the outing and finished with his highest strikeout total since May 18. He has allowed one or zero runs in six of his past eight outings, bringing his ERA down from 6.47 to 4.20 over that stretch. His next start is expected to take place in Chicago against the Cubs on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Max Schrock: Recalled by Reds
Schrock was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Schrock was sent to the minors after he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in early July, and he's hit .240 with two homers, two doubles, seven RBI and five runs in 14 games since returning to full health. He should serve mainly as a depth option in the Reds' infield while right-hander R.J. Alaniz (calf) was placed on the 10-day injured list to make room on the active roster.... See More ... See Less
Reds' R.J. Alaniz: Placed on injured list
Alaniz was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain Saturday.
Alaniz was removed from Friday's game against the Cardinals in the top of the seventh inning after he threw just 12 pitches, and he's apparently dealing with a calf injury that warrants a trip to the injured list. It's not yet clear when the right-hander will be able to return, but infielder Max Schrock was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to replace Alaniz on the roster.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Jeff Hoffman: Moving to bullpen
Hoffman will shift to a bullpen role going forward, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Hoffman returned from a shoulder injury to start Wednesday's game against the Mets, but he gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings. The right-hander struggled with command during his start and only threw 44 of his 82 pitches for strikes. Vladimir Gutierrez will take his place in the rotation starting Tuesday against the Cubs.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Vladimir Gutierrez: Starting Tuesday
Gutierrez will start Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Gutierrez has made 10 starts for the Reds to begin the season, and he was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Although the right-hander gave up six runs in four innings during his last start, he'll rejoin Cincinnati's rotation Tuesday, while Jeff Hoffman will shift to a bullpen role. Across Gutierrez's 10 starts this year, he's posted a 4.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 54.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
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