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Top Reds News

  • Reds' Alex Wood: Expected to miss Opening Day

    Wood (back) is expected to start the season on the injured list, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Wood threw off of a mound for the first time in 10 days Monday and can now start ramping up for the season. Manager David Bell gave a targeted return of early-to-mid April. Tyler Mahle is expected to join the rotation in Wood's absence, though the Reds won't need a fifth starter until April 6 due to scheduled days off.

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  • Reds' Eugenio Suarez: Quiet spring

    Suarez went 0-for-4 against the Rockies on Monday to lower his spring training line to .188/.297/.219.

    Much like teammate Joey Votto, Suarez is off to a slow start but there's no fundamental reason to be too concerned. His role is secure and he'll be batting in the middle of an order that is expected to be one of the better lineups in the National League. His ADP over the first weekend of the NFBC Main Event was 59.00.

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  • Reds' Joey Votto: Slow spring start

    Votto is hitting only .100/.438/.100 in 20 spring training at-bats so far. He doesn't have an extra-base hit yet, but has drawn 12 walks.

    It's one of the stranger spring training lines so far, but it comes with the caveat that it's been with a tiny sample, and at a time where Votto has been toying with his swing. It might raise a concern only because Votto is coming off a year where he didn't hit for power, but he's also traditionally a slow starter. There hasn't been any reported injuries this spring.

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  • Reds' Yasiel Puig: Homers twice on Sunday

    Puig had two more homers on Sunday against the Indians, giving him four for spring training. He's hitting .375/.429/.844 in 32 at-bats so far this spring.

    The overall line is nice, but the nicer thing to see was that the two homers came against Corey Kluber and Brad Hand. His ADP continues to rise, as he went as high as 48th overall in last weekend's NFBC Main Event drafts.

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  • Reds' Jose Iglesias: Likely to make Opening Day roster

    Though he signed a minor league deal with the Reds, Iglesias is still likely to make their Opening Day roster, Anthony Castrovince of reports.

    Both Iglesias and Derek Dietrich represent an underrated part of the Reds' offseason upgrades - a stronger bench. That they ended up with minor league deals was more of a representation of the free agent market and the Reds' 40-man roster concerns than a reflection of their true abilities. Iglesias won't unseat Jose Peraza for the starting shortstop job, but he'll give the Reds someone who they can confidently play at either middle infield slot when their starters need a rest or get hurt.

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  • Reds' Scott Schebler: Outstanding spring continues

    Schebler homered in the first inning of Monday's spring training game against the Rockies' Kyle Freeland. He entered the game hitting hitting .412/.621/.647 this spring.

    To the extent that spring training stats matter for job battles, Schebler has done well to state his case. He's still battling Nick Senzel for the starting center field job, and he could still earn playing time otherwise in left field should Senzel start the year with the big club. That would necessarily mean that Jesse Winker sits, however, and manager David Bell said earlier that he wants Winker to get 450+ at-bats.

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  • Reds' Buddy Boshers: Sent to minors camp

    Boshers was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Boshers posted a 3.68 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 8:2 K:BB in 7.1 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Reds' Opening Day roster. The southpaw will open the season back at Triple-A, where he spent all of the 2018 campaign.

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  • Reds' Alex Wood: Scheduled for side session

    Wood (back) will throw a side session Monday, Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Manager David Bell confirmed Wood isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day, though the skipper added that he doesn't think the southpaw will be sidelined for too long. Look for a more concrete timetable for Wood's return to emerge as he progresses further in his throwing program.

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  • Reds' Vladimir Gutierrez: Reassigned to minor-league camp

    Gutierrez was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday.

    Gutierrez wasn't expected to break camp with the team, having yet to pitch above Double-A, and his 6.75 ERA in 6.2 spring innings certainly didn't help his case. He'll likely open the year with Triple-A Louisville.

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  • Reds' Jesus Reyes: Sent to minor-league camp

    Reyes was placed in minor-league camp Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Reyes failed to lock down an Opening Day roster spot thanks to his lackluster spring, during which he allowed eight runs in seven innings of work. He'll provide pitching depth for the Reds in 2019.

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  • Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Placed in minors camp

    Finnegan was sent to minor-league camp Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Manager David Bell suggested earlier in spring training that Finnegan would make the Opening Day roster, but it seems that won't be happening now. The 25-year-old's 19.80 ERA in five spring innings certainly didn't do much to convince anyone that he's better than the 7.40 ERA he recorded in 20.2 frames last season.

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  • Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Cruises against Rangers

    DeSclafani cruised against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits over five innings, striking out seven.

    The Opening Day starting gig remains undecided by the Reds, but they could make a good case for DeSclafani getting the call given his strong performance and health so far this spring.

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  • Reds' Alex Wood: Side session soon

    Wood (back) could throw a side session in the next couple of days, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "If everything goes well, maybe Monday or Tuesday," Bell said.

    Given that Wood wasn't yet up to full capacity even before this latest setback, it's extremely likely he begins the season on the injured list. He'll need to throw the side session without any setbacks -- and maybe another -- and then graduate to live batting practice before finally working in live games.

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  • Reds' Michael Lorenzen: More center field work

    Lorenzen played center field Saturday against the Rangers without pitching in the game, the first time this spring that he's done that, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    The fact that the Reds feel comfortable using Lorenzen in center is yet another reason that Philip Ervin probably won't make the Opening Day roster, no matter how well he's hitting this spring. Lorenzen gives the Reds another outfielder without it costing them an extra roster spot.

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  • Reds' Robert Stephenson: Throws 15 pitches Friday

    Stephenson (shoulder) threw 11 of 15 pitches for strikes in a "B" game Friday against the Indians. Afterward manager David Bell called the outing a great sign, Anthony Castrovince of reports.

    Stephenson still has a long way to go to ramp up for the regular season. He's out of options, so if he's not ready to go he'll either have to go on the injured list or clear waivers before Opening Day.

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  • Reds' Tanner Roark: Turns in stellar outing

    Roark allowed one hit and struck out eight over five scoreless innings Friday against the Dodgers.

    Roark continued his successful spring into Friday's start, hurling five strong frames and limiting the number of baserunners to just one. The 32-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.51 ERA with 19 punchouts over 14.1 innings so far in spring games.

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  • Reds' Phillip Ervin: Keeps on slugging

    Ervin went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Thursday's spring game against the Dodgers.

    Ervin hammered his fourth homer of spring training in the top of the fifth inning, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead. The 26-year-old is 10-for-29 with five RBI, a stolen base and seven runs scored in spring games, although he's likely to begin the season in the minors due to Cincinnati's impressive outfield depth.

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  • Reds' Wandy Peralta: Pushing for roster spot

    Peralta threw a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring training game against the Dodgers, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.

    In four big league outings this spring, Peralta hasn't allowed a run over four innings, striking out three while giving up three hits and a walk. He's a likely bet to make the Reds' Opening Day roster in the bullpen as one of their top two lefties.

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  • Reds' Alex Wood: Still no throwing date

    Wood (back) still doesn't have a projected date to resume throwing, though he is physically improving, Anthony Castrovince of reports. "He's out of the pain," manager David Bell said. "He was moving around well. I will update you when we have a day that he's going to be able to be on the mound. I think we're getting closer."

    It's looking increasingly unlikely that Wood will be ready for the start of the season. Tyler Mahle is the best bet to sub in for him in the rotation in the meantime.

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  • Reds' Sonny Gray: Solid second start

    Gray threw three perfect innings in his second start of the spring against the Dodgers on Thursday. Things went so well that he needed to throw 18 more pitches in the bullpen after the start to get him up to the number of pitches the Reds wanted him to throw, Anthony Castrovince of reports.

    The Reds and Gray believe that he's on track to be ready by Opening Day. "I felt good, attacked the zone, threw strikes and forced contact," Gray said. "That's all I'm trying to do." Gray struck out one in his three innings. He was facing a Dodgers squad that had two-to-three starters at most - Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez, and Alex Verdugo.

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