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Here’s the story… a final version will post on this link soon.
Over on Reds.com, I wrote a story on Friday that caught up with Brayan Pena. The veteran Reds catcher will be a free agent after this season and has let it be known he would like to return. Click here to read the story: http://atmlb.com/1PTQUgF
Despite his relatively inexpensive market, Pena seems like a long shot for returning to me. The Reds are counting on Devin Mesoraco to be healthy and Tucker Barnhart has shown he can handle himself well in the big leagues. Barnhart entered Friday batting .251/.321/.326 in 79 games with three homers and 18 RBIs. Ramon Cabrera has also demonstrated his skills as a September call-up.
I asked manager Bryan Price about the depth the Reds will have behind the plate next season.
“I think we certainly know that Barney can run a pitching staff up here,” Price said. “He’s done a terrific job with investing in all the essential preparation to call a good ballgame. He’s a terrific catch and throw guy, that’s no secret. He’s handled the bat better than I anticipated for a guy that’s spent really his first full season in the big leagues. He’s done some really good things. He’s definitely a guy that not only can, but has picked up the slack in a season without Devin.
“Ramon is just a guy that earned his way to the big leagues a lot like [Kristopher] Negron did last year, a lot like [Ivan] De Jesus did this year. He just went out and performed and was our next best option for a third catcher in September. All he’s done is call a good game, throw adequately and have a nice offensive approach. He’s definitely somebody we’d like to have in the mix next year if there were any issues with Devin’s health.”
Reds pitcher Jon Moscot, who is working his way back from a dislocated left non-throwing shoulder, threw a session the bullpen on Wednesday. It was his first time on a mound since he was injured. Up next is going to instructional league to keep throwing.
“He came out of it feeling really good,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He will transition to Arizona, I believe he will fly [Thursday]. He have roughly a three-week workout/bullpen regimen slated for Arizona until they are through.”
On June 15 at Detroit, Moscot hurt his shoulder while diving to tag a runner and needed surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Moscot began a throwing program on flat ground a couple of weeks ago.
“I think we have to look at this as if he’s starting Day One of a throwing program in the offseason,” Price said. “He’s accommodated the long-toss portion of that and transitioned into bullpens. Now he’ll transition as if he’s getting ready for his first Spring Training game.”
Price loathes finding the silver linings in bad situations but he inadvertently found one when discussing Moscot’s injury and recovery.
“If you really breakdown the fundamentals of pitching, you really don’t want an aggressive front side,” Price said. “Having that injury makes that front side a little bit more of a passive movement. Not that he probably thinks about it but as an old pitching coach, it’s a neat thing actually.”
As I type this, Tucker Barnhart only moments ago hit a single in the eighth inning to break up Max Scherzer’s bid at his second no-hitter this season.
From the Reds media relations department:
In their 5-0 loss to Cole Hamels and the Phillies on 7/25 at Wrigley Field the Cubs were no-hit for the first time since Sandy Koufax’ perfect game on 9/9/65, snapping Chi’s streak of 7,920 games with at least 1 hit…was the longest streak of consecutive regular season games without being the victim of a no-hitter for any team in modern Major League history.
The longest active regular season streak now belongs to the Reds, who have gone 7,088 games since Phi’s Rick Wise threw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win on 6/23/71 at Riverfront Stadium…
Roy Halladay did throw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win vs Cin at Phi’s Citizens Bank Park in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.