August 2013

Baker: ‘Come on Latos’

Everyone in the Reds bullpen, except for Alfredo Simon, was used in Sunday’s 13-inning win over the Padres. Manager Dusty Baker will not have everyone available in Monday’s game vs. the Cubs. Mat Latos will be counted on to have a deep outing.

“Some of it is not [available],” Baker said. “[Logan] Ondrusek is a little sore. Our guys have either been pitching a lot or warming up a lot. A lot of times, it goes into the equation, especially when you have one lefty. I’ve had to get Manny [Parra] up quite a few times up and don’t get him into the game. Look at all the teams near the top, they have two lefties. You’d like to get another lefty, a quality lefty, which is hard to find.

“So, come on Latos.”

Ondrusek threw 43 pitches over 1 2/3 innings. Sam LeCure worked 1 1/3 innings. Jonathan Broxton, recently off of the DL, worked an inning as did Aroldis Chapman. Parra pitched Saturday and Sunday. Simon pitched 2 1/3 innings on Saturday after also pitching an inning on Friday.

Summonining reinforcements from Triple-A Louisville did not seem viable.

“Our options aren’t good,” Baker said. “[Curtis] Partch hasn’t been available for a while. Who else can really help us right now that’s on the roster? (Partch was placed on the 7-day DL by Louisville on Saturday with a right biceps injury)

“Maybe today, Big Latos will get us back, and Bailey can get us back on this 20-consecutive day thing in pretty good shape.”

Game 118: at CHC

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Choo 8
Frazier 5
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Ludwick 7
Mesoraco 2
Cozart 6
Latos 1

Robinson optioned to Louisville

The Reds made a long awaited roster move after Sunday’s 3-2 win in 13 innings over the Padres. OF Derrick Robinson was optioned to Triple-A Louisville as left fielder Ryan Ludwick was activated from the disabled list.

Robinson, who was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the game, batted .254 in 84 games this season. He has been up since the second game when Ludwick went on the DL with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

“That was a tough decision to send Robinson back,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “But he will be back in a couple of weeks and on our playoff roster. His shoulder was bothering him some and we gave him a couple of days off. He was the only one who had options. Sometimes, you can’t make the moves that you want.”

Other notes:

*Aroldis Chapman was looked at by the trainer after wincing on his second pitch to pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman. Chapman was allowed to continue and Baker said he was OK postgame. Baker also noted that the radar gun was malfunctioning as Chapman’s fastball velocity was showing low-to-mid 90s on pitches that had some gas in them. Chapman struck out the side in the ninth.

“The radar gun was broken and they put a new radar gun in. They said that radar gun was 3-4 miles slower than the regular radar gun,” Baker said. “We were looking up there and saw 92 and 93. All of sudden, they must have fixed it because it went to 99. He didn’t look like he was throwing 92-93.”

*Shin-Soo Choo snapped a season-high 0-for-16 with his double in the decisive 13th inning.

*J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning in the eighth. Hoover has made 20-straight scoreless appearances of 22 innings. It’s the longest scoreless stretch for a Reds reliever this season.

Game 117: vs. SD

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Game 116: vs. SD

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Masset to have another surgery

The news continues to go badly for Nick Masset. The long-injured Reds reliever will have surgery next week because he has thorasic outlet syndrome.

“He’s got an impinged nerve,” head trainer Paul Lessard said on Friday.

According to the Mayo Clinic web site, the injury is usually located under the collarbone and the operation requires the removal of the first rib.

The surgery on Masset will be performed next week at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and it means he will lose the rest of this season.

Other pitchers that have had the surgery are Josh Beckett, Chris Carpenter and Shaun Marcum.

Masset, 31, has been in Goodyear all season rehabbing from right shoulder surgery, which he had last September. He last pitched for the Reds in 2011.

This is the final year of a two-year, $5.5 million contract for Masset, which means his tenure with the Reds could very well be over.

**In other injury news, LHP Sean Marshall (left shoulder) and RHP Johnny Cueto (right lat) still have not resumed throwing. Both are continuing strength exercises. A throwing program for both could begin in the next week to 10 days, Lessard said.

Game 115: vs. SD

I’m back on the job today. My thanks to Jeremy for covering the Reds the past week.

*Ryan Hanigan is back from the DL. Waiting on word about the other Ryan, Ludwick.

**UPDATE — Ludwick is in Louisville’s lineup today. So he will not be back from the DL.

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Game 114: vs. A’s

Lineup for today’s game:

Shin-Soo Choo 8
Todd Frazier 5
Joey Votto 3
Brandon Phillips 4
Jay Bruce 9
Xavier Paul 7
Zack Cozart 6
Corky Miller 2
Homer Bailey 1

Yes, that is Todd Frazier in the two-hole. Frazier is hitless in his last nine games (0-for-28), so it will be interesting to see what Dusty Baker has to say about batting him second.

Game 113: vs. A’s

Lineup for tonight’s game against the AL West leading A’s:

Shin-Soo Choo 8
Derrick Robinson 7
Joey Votto 3
Brandon Phillips 4
Jay Bruce 9
Devin Mesoraco 2
Zack Cozart 6
Jack Hannahan 5
Mat Latos 1

Note: With Mesoraco batting sixth, that’s the highest he’s been in the lineup in a game he started this season. In 16 games since the All-Star break, Mesoraco is batting .315 (17-for-54) with four home runs and 12 RBIs.

Game 112: vs. Cardinals

Cincinnati has lost five straight series against St. Louis dating back to last season, but the Reds have a chance to end that drought today.

Lineup:

Shin-Soo Choo 8
Xavier Paul 7
Joey Votto 3
Brandon Phillips 4
Jay Bruce 9
Todd Frazier 5
Zack Cozart 6
Devin Mesoraco 2
Mike Leake 1

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