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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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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 MLB.com 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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
Reds' Alex Wood: Scheduled for side session
Wood (back) will throw a side session Monday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com 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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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 MLB.com 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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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.... See More ... See Less
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 MLB.com 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.... See More ... See Less
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 MLB.com 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.... See More ... See Less