The Reds announced Thursday that RHPs Homer Bailey and Matt Magill are both scheduled for season-ending right elbow surgeries on Friday. Dr. Tim Kremchek is performing both procedures.
Magill was acquired in December from the Dodgers for OF Chris Heisey. He made three starts at Triple-A Louisville and posted a 7.90 ERA.
Reds LF Marlon Byrd has caught fire after quite a rough start in a Reds uniform. Entering Thursday, Byrd homered in three straight games. He has a 1.122 OPS with five homers over his last 11 games. Before this stretch, Byrd was homerless in all 14 games played with a .264 OPS.
Manager Bryan Price moved Byrd up to the second spot in the lineup on Tuesday and saw it work well. Price could be keeping Byrd there for a while, but also indicated that could change.
“It depends on how fluid the lineup remains. We’ve been trying to find our consistency, offensively and we’ve had a nice go of it these first couple of games with Marlon hitting second,” Price said on Thursday. “But you know things can change – if we get Devin back behind the plate and when Zack is back full time. At this point in time, I plan on staying with it just because it’s been productive and he’s really caught fire and gotten to his power. At some point, it might be better served more towards the middle of the lineup. We’ve been just trying to find our way this past month to get some connectivity in our lineup where we can be consistently productive. We’ve had two nice games with him there. I don’t think I would disrupt that at this point in time.”
Zack Cozart is close to returning after being out since Sunday with a bruised right index finger and sore left wrist. He took batting practice on the field, did early hitting in the cage from soft tosses on Thursday after making 40 throws on Wednesday.
“There is still inflammation in there right now, but it just feels way better. I swung, took soft toss, and did my normal routine and it felt really good,” Cozart said before BP. “Swinging was obviously my biggest concern and today was a good day, so far at least.”
Two tidbits from last night:
Kristopher Negron snapped a 0-for-23 stretch with his ninth inning single.
Joey Votto’s caught stealing was only the second for the team this season. After Negron successfully swiped third base, the Reds are 30-for-32 in steal attempts.
It’s a frustrating time for Devin Mesoraco. He can’t catch yet or even test his injured left hip. The Reds haven’t put him on the DL yet and he’s been limited to pinch-hitting duty. He could DH this weekend in the White Sox series.
Mesoraco acknowledged Tuesday that the outcome to repair his left hip impingement could very well be surgery. He is trying to avoid that, however.
We’ve done a number of injections. … It’s not like last year when I did my oblique and we know what we can do to rehab it. … It’s something that down the line, hopefully, is probably going to have to get fixed. At this point, it’s not an option because of how much of the season we have left. At some point, it’s probably going to come into the picture.”
“It’s a four-month-type thing , the surgery. We’re trying to do everything we can to stop that from happening. We did the PRP, the cortisone, the lubricating injections. We’re trying to do the best we can to be able to finish the season before it’s something that I do have to look at getting fixed.”
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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.
As you will see on reds.com/MLB.com, Michael Lorenzen will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Wednesday vs. the Brewers in his big league debut. Mike Leake will pitch on Thursday.
One name that is not an option to start for the club is someone who was in the mix during Spring Training: Tony Cingrani. The left-hander will remain in the bullpen for the time being.
“It would almost seem like it would require us sending him to the Minor Leagues to get stretched out,” manager Bryan Price said. “I made the decision – I was involved, a big supporter of putting him in the bullpen – not because that’s what we needed for this club at the time. What I felt was it was where he was best suited coming off a year of a lot of injury and shoulder concerns and the limited development of his off-speed pitches. It just seemed like for him to be able to come in there and maybe cut his mix of pitches to two and come in and be that … it just seemed to fit his nature – very, very aggressive, doesn’t really back off and feel his way through six to nine innings. He goes as hard as he can, as long as he can. I think his temperament is suited better – at this point in time – as a relief pitcher. Some day he may prove me wrong and be a great starting pitcher. I wouldn’t say that’s an impossible thing to have happen.”