Broxton wasn’t available

During Tuesday’s 5-2 Reds loss to the D-backs, it was night when the bullpen was needed in a big way after Tony Cingrani went down with a lower back strain after only 3 2/3 innings. Conspicuous in his absence was RHP Jonathan Broxton.

Reds manager Dusty Baker gave Sam LeCure a second inning of work in the eighth. LeCure wound up loading the bases with three-straight one-out singles. J.J. Hoover took over and allowed a Paul Goldschmidt grand slam. At no point did Broxton get warmed up.

“He hasn’t been [available],” Baker said Wednesday. “I think he’s OK tonight but he wasn’t OK last night or the night before.”

Baker would not disclose the issue with Broxton specifically. Broxton missed nearly two months with a strain in his elbow and returned on Aug. 7.

“It’s similar stuff,” Baker said. “We just have to take care of him.

“Hopefully he is available tonight. We need him tonight. Our bullpen is kind of spent.”


BLAH,BLAH BLAH, BLAH… Winners find WAYS TO WIN…. This hanging around, just behind the Cardinals is for the “birds” to pun intended…. The clubhouse needs a LEADER to start talking right in the face of every damn player and push them to another level The team is more than one hurt reliever….much more…Step up please—one of you veterans….

An argument for Heisey starting for Choo…
By Lance McAlister
Cincinnati ESPN 1530
Shin-Soo Choo can’t hit left handers.
I was a little surprised he started vs LHP Patrick Corbin last night.
Choo vs LHP this year: .186-.324-.214-.538, 0 HR, 39 K in 145 AB.
LH hitting just .167 vs Corbin this year.
Chris Heisey came off the bench with a PH 2-run HR. Heisey had 2 hits on Friday and 2 hits on Sunday. Heisey has hit LHP this year: .270-.317-.541-.858.
But here is the bigger picture: The playoffs.
The Pirates have 2 LHP in starting rotation: Francisco Liriano and 2 LHP in bullpen: Tony Watson/Justin Wilson.
The Cards have 0 LHP in starting roation and 3 LHP in bullpen: Randy Choate, Tyler Lyons, Kevin Seigrist.
The Dodgers have 3 LHP in starting rotation: Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano and 2 LHP in bullpen: JP Howell, Paco Rodriguez
The Braves have 2 LHP in starting rotation: Mike Minor (Choo 2 for 6), Alex Wood and 2 LHP in bullpen: Luis Avila, Scott Downs (Choo 2 for 6)

The Reds lead the NL in first ball swinging. The argument about first ball swinging is an interesting one. I for one do not believe it is a black or white analysis. What I believe is that when we run into a pitcher that is strong or gets strong out of the shoot, we should attempt to make him make a number of pitches. Enter Corbin; he disposed of the Reds over 9 IP with 103 pitches (73 strikes). I would have liked to see the Reds work deeper into the count. However, with that said, I don’t think the Reds are ever instructed on how to approach a pitcher on a given night.

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