Parra to 15-day DL

One of the potential trade chips for the Reds is on ice, at least temporarily. Lefty reliever Manny Parra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left elbow. Dylan Axelrod’s contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville and Devin Mesoraco was moved to the 60-day DL.

Parra threw 31 pitches over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. He allowed two hits and walked someone with the bases loaded to give up an inherited run.


Trade Deadline: 264 hours. Reds better hurry up before all their trade pieces are either injured or degraded by poor performance or both. And yes, I know this isn’t fantasy baseball although I think the Reds have sold us a fantasy for the past 2 years.

Amen !!!

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NL Central Notes: Reds, Parra, Bruce, Cardinals, Pirates

By Jeff Todd [July 20, 2015 at 5:21pm CDT]

It’s more accurate to characterize the Reds as “listening” than in gathering up kindling for a fire sale, Jayson Stark of tweets. Other teams indicate that Cincinnati does not seem to be in a hurry to deal potential rental pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. It still seems reasonable to expect that both of those soon-to-be free agents will be moved, though the team does have a number of other assets that pose more difficult strategic questions.

Here’s more on the Reds and the rest of the NL Central:
•Reds reliever Manny Parra has a strained left elbow, leading’s Mark Sheldon to suggest on Twitter that the southpaw is unlikely to be dealt this month. The 32-year-old free-agent-to-be has not performed as hoped for since signing a two-year pact with Cincinnati, though he does carry peripherals that suggest he’s been better in 2015 than his current 4.00 ERA. With a $3.5MM salary this season, Parra certainly could be an August trade piece if he’s able to return to health.
•Some rival executives have speculated that there could be a potential match between the Reds and Royals on outfielder Jay Bruce, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star tweets. He adds that Cincinnati scouts have been taking a look at K.C.’s Triple-A and Double-A affiliates. With Alex Gordon out and Alex Rios having struggled (though he has picked things up of late), it’s easy to see why there might be some interest from the Royals in the fairly affordable and talented 28-year-old.
•While the Cardinals‘ need for a left-handed bat is fairly straightforward to assess, the club’s preferred route on the pitching side is somewhat harder to peg, writes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The team certainly has rotation options, Strauss explains, and GM John Mozeliak said recently that the quality work of the staff makes it unfair to say the club is “out on the market looking for starting pitching.” But with some cause for trepidation over the number of innings being shouldered by key starters and relievers, says Strauss, it appears likely that St. Louis will look to make some kind of pitching addition (as it has in each of the last four seasons). “I still think we have internal resources to handle the pitching, but I’m not going to ignore the market or not remain opportunistic if something comes up that makes sense for us,” said Mozeliak.
•The Pirates have at least some interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton, but will likely look first at infield additions if the team feels it necessary to fill in for the injured Jordy Mercer, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. We just learned that Mercer is expected to miss at least six weeks of action, which certainly suggests the possibility of an acquisition — particularly given that Josh Harrison is also out. Of course, it is entirely unclear whether Pittsburgh will be looking more for a major contributor or a competent fill-in. The latter may be more likely given that both Mercer and Harrison figure to return this year, at least so far as has been reported publicly.

What is the status of Sam Lecure?

ERA of 6.26 with Louisville in 33 games.

He’s toast and that is sad. Really liked Lecure. PooPoo occurs.

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