Schumaker not cleared to play

Reds OF/2B Skip Schumaker thought he’d be back on the field by now vs. the Yankees. Schumaker was eligible for activation from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday, but was not yet cleared to play because he did not pass the required tests.

The concussion symptoms still persist and Schumaker can’t shake them.

“I thought I’d be activated already. It’s so frustrating that I’m not,” Schumaker said on Friday. “I’m hoping every day that [the symptoms] will go away and they haven’t yet. I thought the All-Star break would have been fine and that I’d be back and ready. I did the test [Thursday] before we left and it didn’t go as planned.”

On July 10, Schumaker slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a leaping catch vs. the Cubs. He hoped to take another test on Friday evening before the game.

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From MLB Trade Rumors…
The Brewers have also acquired outfielder Josh Fellhauer from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations, the team’s player development department announced (on Twitter). A former seventh-round pick, the 26-year-old Fellhauer was hitting .239/.338/.313 in 155 PA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He’ll also report to Double-A Huntsville with the Brewers.
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The Reds have signed infielder Donnie Murphy to a minor league deal, according to a tweet from Jamie Ramsey, the club’s assistant director of media relations. Murphy will report to Triple-A.
Murphy, recently released by the Rangers, will provide useful depth for a Cincinnati club that is currently without starting second baseman Brandon Phillips. The 31-year-old has a .196/.268/.330 line through 128 plate appearances. Murphy has never taken more than 163 trips to the plate in a MLB season; he set that high water mark (and several others) last year when he slashed an impressive .255/.319/.530 with 11 home runs.

Should the reds take a chance on Dan Uggla?

Uggla only plays 2nd and makes $13m. Worse…he hasn’t hit even .180 for the last two seasons.

Uggla could be signed for a pro-rated league minimum for the rest of this year. Sometimes a change of venue and being released is a wake up call. Plus right handed power off the bench when Phillips does return……could be worth the chance.

Uggla is signed for this season, 2014 for $13m and for 2015 for $13m. We not only would need to trade for him, but honor the contract he currently holds. Never happen. He’s a poor aging hitter that only plays 2nd base. If we trade at all we need to trade for quality.

Sign Uggla and release Ludwick. Ludwick has not been able to overcome that shoulder problem.

I am personally pulling for Zobrist. He won’t break the bank, and because of Votto’s
and Phillips injuries, he could fill in in a number of positions while he is a hitter. If money was no object, but it is, I’d trade some personnel to get hold of Stanton…if at all possible. He could play LF and could probably sink the boat with his blasts. Another reason for the trade is because there is little if any chance of re-signing Leake, Cueto and Latos; one could clearly be part of the trade bait. Imagine Stanton batting 4th for several years…wow!

Why would we want Stanton Jock has his man Ludwick in left.

I think you answered your own question. Either trade Ludwick in the deal for Stanton, or if we keep him the rest of this season, put him on the bench and continue to work him out at 1st base. After all, that is Price’s plan anyway…to make him another choice at lst base. Again, Stanton is a dream. But a trade for Zobrist is far more realistic and we could get the switch hitter for $3m for the rest of this season, with an option for 2015 or a buyout for a very reasonable price of $500k. The guy can play 2nd, SS, RF and LF. More importantly, he can hit nearly anywhere in the lineup but has been predominantly used in the two and three hole. Lastly, he has power, is fast and supports a 8 /12 season batting line of .267/.356/.410/.766; he’s an OBP magnet.

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