Saturday news and notes

Got a few tidbits of information for you this Saturday afternoon …

*INF Jack Hannahan is back from Triple-A Louisville and here at Great American Ball Park today. Hannahan took batting practice and infield work at first base with the club. The decision on whether to activate him has not been made yet. He would be a lefty bat off the bench and part of the rotation at first base that’s been filling in for Joey Votto.

“He had a nice three-hit day yesterday for Louisville,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “That’s seven hits in his last three games. So he’s been swinging the bat well. We want to make that when he’s activated, he’s able to be a regular part of what we’re doing and we’re not trying to rehabilitate him at this level on a 25-man roster.”

*RHP Logan Ondrusek, on the DL with a right shoulder strain, has not resumed a throwing program yet. Ondrusek is slated to begin playing catch on Monday. With his transaction from Friday backdated to July 13, he is eligible to be activated on Monday. That appears not to be happening.

*RHP Alfredo Simon, who is 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in his last two starts including a 4 1/3 inning outing on Friday, has not hit a wall of some sort in Price’s mind.

“I get the question,” Price said. “I think we need to see a few more starts to come up with that interpretation. I just felt like he was up in the zone. I thought he had good velocity. He a good little slider and threw some really good splits. From what I’ve seen, he’s been getting hurt a lot more on his off-speed stuff.

“I don’t anticipate that being an issue, only because he’s an older guy and I think he’s conditioned to be the type of pitcher we’re using him as now. Time will tell what type of season he finishes up with. I think it’s going to be very good.”

*LHP Tony Cingrani, who has been on the DL at Louisville because of a shoulder injury, still has not resumed a throwing program.

“There still is a little bit of soreness and some shoulder impingement, I believe it was the diagnosis is,” Price said. “Other than the strengthening stuff, he hasn’t quite gotten to the point where he’s been cleared to start throwing yet.”

*On TV or at the ballpark, you might have noticed some different colored grass patches in the outfield. It is the remnants of the stage from the Jason Aldean concert held here a week ago. A couple of weeks before that, Beyonce and Jay-Z also had a show here. Price felt the outfield is holding up fine and hasn’t gotten any bad reports from his players.

“I thought that [head groundskeeper] Doug Gallant and the staff did a great job,” Price said. “They basically had to go out there and re-sod that center field portion. You can see the differential between the old grass and the new grass but got it in there with enough time for it to kind of get rooted.”

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Opponent…W…L…RS…RA…WP
ARI 3 1 15 11 .750
ATL 0 3 5 10 .000
BOS 0 2 6 8 .000
CHC 9 4 63 48 .692
COL 2 1 10 15 .667
LAD 3 4 21 25 .429
MIL 7 6 53 42 .538
NYM 1 2 8 11 .333
NYY 0 3 6 14 .000
PHI 3 3 17 34 .500
PIT 9 4 71 50 .692
SDP 1 5 9 20 .167
SFG 5 2 31 18 .714
STL 3 6 27 33 .333
TBR 1 2 13 7 .333
TOR 2 1 24 18 .667
WSN 2 2 11 17 .500

Neb. ???????

It’s the results of Reds versus all teams played this season. RS = runs scored by the Reds, RA = runs against the Reds.

Not excited about Hanahan. Was OK on defense, but my recollection is that he was very weak offensively. Based on his previous performances I would rather see Pena and Lutz sharing first. Hanahan doesn’t have very much potential to exceed his previous ML #s. On the other hand both Lutz and Soto do. I guess I just don’t understand lining up the same utility people who didn’t deliver before. If I’m wrong about Hanahans previous stats, I’m sure someone will set me straight.

I agree with the comment on Hanahan’s performance stats. He is another weak sister with a low salary that plays up to his pay level. The Reds seem to have 10 players on the roster that have outfield grass power. Cozart is one and when Mesaroco does not hit home runs, he will tap out to 3d base or pop out foul. Since this is a low market team and has owners that bestow their payroll on a few injured players now, no money to bolster the roster before the trade deadline. Oh well, another Yogi Berra year, “Wait till Next year”! Only problem is, those years are closing in on some of us lifetime rooters for the Reds. This season is over regardless of what the bloggers say. When you average 1 run and four hits per game, you are asking the pitchers on your staff to be perfect. Suit up Chapman in the starter rotation. What you got to lose now.

i’m with the rest of you not much help in Hannahan. Where is the Walt Jockettey that always got what the Cards needed every year? The White Sox have 2 former Reds who could help this lineup a lot and they wouldn’t requre a lot to get. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn, Konerko has only played off the bench this year but could generate some power in our ball park and Dunn would be a great fit for our 2 spot he still hits 30+ hr and draws 100+ walks. His left field play would be shakey but did you see Heisey’s game the other night?

Does anyone know how to find names of players drafted in the supplemental? Maybe the Reds decided they don’t need anymore help.

That Draft isn’t until next June.

Well there you go. All we have to do is pitch shutouts the rest of the year! At least we won today!

Usually when a team is struggling you lose a game like that maybe the worm has turned. It would be nice to start a streak of winning series again.

Thanks God for the winning game today, i hope to go back into the 70’s to get the MACHINERY back….
REDS the best team forever……..

Remarkable pitching and defense today won this game. Both Hamilton and Bruce (plus his arm) saved runs by making catches of balls with their backs to home plate.
Unfortunately, our bats continue to quietly push air around.

Offense remains scary. Time to shake things up. Thank you Cueto, we needed that.
Hope to see a different lineup tomorrow. GO REDS!

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