Parra to 15-day DL, Bailey 60-day DL

To make room for RHP Michael Lorenzen on the 25-man roster, the Reds placed LHP Manny Parra on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of a strained neck (retroactive to April 24). RHP Homer Bailey (right elbow sprain) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.


Parra has a strained neck from all the balls wizzing by him.

Glad to see Reds move Homer to 60 day DL so quickly instead of delaying it. Hope I’m wrong but I don’t think we’ll see him pitch anymore this year.

Vis-a vis the last part of the 2014 season and now this…….this is becoming chronic (for Bailey). Start scouring the Louisville (and other?) rosters. 2015 is beginning to look dim.

I think they must have forgotten the other two moves that were done. Greg and Badenhop need to go too… Maybe they are waiting to announce that for the weekend series and plan to just play a couple of guys short.

Wonder how much longer before Devin hits the DL too?

Mesaraco should’ve been on the DL a long to ago . He’ll probably end up hurting himself worse too . The handling of Bailey and Mesoraco have me wondering . Maybe Latos’ criticism of the medical staff had merit .

I think the Reds are just hoping they change the DH rules in the middle of the year so Mez can do that for the rest of the year.

Sure hated to see Reds throw all that money to Bailey , he sure cashed in on the 2 No No’s , but barely a .500 pitcher !

One must wonder about strength and conditioning staff???..Medical Staff??? Definitely NOT pointing fingers here…. BUT how much bad luck can one team have, before luck has nothing to do with it?

And of course the lack of RBI’s will continue to be an issue throughout this season.. Even successful smal ball teams drive in runs at a clip certainly above the Reds over the last few years.

It’s going to be a long game and long season for Lorenzen if he thinks he lives by throwing down the heart of the plate in the bigs. Throwing 95 mph down the heart might work most of the time at AAA, but not up here. Brewers are teeing off on this guy. I trust he’ll move his FB around a bit more.

I dont understand why he cant be a reliever this year and maybe for good. Is that so bad?

I honestly think that that is decided for him. And, no, imo…I do not think that that is so bad. Look at Chapman…it took a number of seasons before the Reds finally acknowledged that he was a reliever and not a SP; a premiere reliever, arguably the best of all time.

I don’t trust this coaching staff from the lowest minor leagues to the big league club to know whether a pitcher is a reliever or a starter . I don’t even want to think about how they develope them .

How many times in last 2 years do we see these pitchers on our roster when getting ready to be sent down come up with ailments to go on the DL to stay and travel with big team, Jocketty and price are bad connection.

Bullpen comes back to bite again – but…could hardly buy a timely hit today. Were within striking distance – but men on base wasted, including hit by Lorenzon.

Doc: Question convention in Reds bullpen
Paul Daugherty, 5:22 a.m. EDT April 27, 2015

For two weeks, Tony Cingrani was used as often as a pay phone. He wasn’t on a milk carton or in witness protection. He was in the Reds bullpen, fossilizing. There was no “situation” for him. His “role” didn’t allow for his use, so Cingrani sat in the ‘pen and watched mold grow on his very young, very live, left arm.

He pitched two innings Sunday, which was two more than he’d thrown since April 14, and almost doubled his innings for the season. Cingrani faced six hitters, and got them all out.

“It’s pretty easy,” being a relief pitcher, the former starting pitcher allowed. “Just go out there and throw as hard as you can.” The Reds even got a good inning from the much-whacked Kevin Gregg, which was fortunate. No one wants to see fans riot.

In the small picture, the Cingrani sighting didn’t mean much. The Cubs beat the Reds again, 5-2. Todd Frazier made a rare error that led to four unearned runs. The hitters went 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position the last two games. They’re 4-10 since starting 4-0. The Big 162 can fool you, but after 18 games, the Reds are who we thought they would be: OK, when things are going well. Things aren’t going well, at the moment.

So why not try something new?

Bryan Price has been more conventional than we hoped. He falls in line with thinking that is now at least a quarter-century old. Relievers do certain things, and certain things only.

For the Reds, that means Aroldis Chapman closes, Jumbo Diaz sets up (or at least that was the plan after spring training). Manny Parra is a “situational lefty.” J.J. Hoover, Burke Badenhop and Gregg are “middle-inning guys.” And Cingrani is a “long guy.”

When all this role-playing works, life is good in the corner office. The manager can wheel out his 7th-inning Guy, his Setup Man and His Closer, then go have a few adult sodas at the bar. On the occasions where the role-players flub their lines and blow a late lead, the manager can say he did it by The Book.

When it routinely doesn’t work, it’s time to re-think everything. When a kid with an arm as good as Cingrani’s doesn’t pitch for 12 days, role-playing becomes flawed.

Why, when Gregg and Badenhop are getting crushed like wine grapes, is there no use for Cingrani? Because he’s left-handed and a long guy? Who has the better arm and stuff? Why, just because games are close and most of the bullpen consists of “one-inning guys” is there no room for Cingrani? He can’t pitch an inning? Would that crush his tender psyche?

Not according to Cingrani. “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m just out there whenever they call my number,” he said.

Price says he loved Pedro Borbon. For the uninitiated, Borbon was an elastic-armed reliever who could pitch to one batter or for three innings. For six years in a row in the mid-70s, Borbon pitched at least 121 innings a year for the Reds. He started exactly three games. Borbon would never make it in the Bigs now. He wouldn’t have a “role.”

Here’s what the Reds (and every other team) should do yesterday, but never will:

Eliminate roles. Use Chapman in the 6th inning, if that’s when the game is on the line. Use their best relievers in the most dire situations, not when their “role” is called. The most consistent guys get the most work, regardless of what the manager has decreed their part to be.

This would take more thinking than current managers employ. It would ask more of the relievers, who would have to deal with not knowing precisely when they’d be used. So what?

Do teams really need a Left-Handed One Out Guy? That’d be a LOOGY. Cingrani’s not a LOOGY. Yet. His mother must be grateful. Who wants her son to be a LOOGY?

Price argues this: “If we pitched our bullpen the way they used to be pitched, with guys down there making seven or eight million bucks, and they were to break down, there would be hell to pay.”

Price says he wants to gauge Cingrani’s durability. Cingrani was a starting pitcher, who finished last year on the disabled list. “If I get him in there for an inning, do I lose him for two innings the next day?” Price asked. “Getting re-acclimated to the bullpen is a work in process.”

These are good points. They’re no better than trying something new, an ahead-to-the-past ‘pen where Pedro Borbons could flourish. “Should we kick the tires on turning back the clock?” Price asked, rhetorically.

You got a better idea?

Sad stat…
Bruces’ HR in the bottom of the 9th was the first XBH by the clean up spot…
this season. Now let’s leave him in the 4 hole and stop the lineup changes.

BTW…Bruce is on pace to hit 39 HR and 100 RBI.

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