Author Archive

Game 125: Reds at Cardinals

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Phillips 4
Pena 3
Cozart 6
Leake 1

Phillips, Ondrusek activated

The Reds on Monday activated 2B Brandon Phillips and right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, catcher Tucker Barnhart and starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Reliever Curtis Partch, the 26th man in the doubleheader on Sunday, was also returned to Louisville.

Phillips has been on the DL since having July 11 surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb. In the third game of his rehab assignment, this time for Class A Dayton, he was 2-for-2 and hit by a pitch. Ondrusek last pitched on July 13 before going on the DL July 22 with a strained right shoulder. He pitched a two-hit scoreless inning for Louisville on Friday.

It will be very interesting tonight to see if or how the Reds get off the mat from Sunday’s double-crushing defeats. They need to respond well in St. Louis — a tough task considering the recent track record — to have any chance at hanging on in the race for a playoff spot. 

 

Frazier’s back still aching

Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is able to hit and walk around OK and even spent Sunday morning on an exercise bike to get loose. But his stiff lower back remained sore.

“Usually when I have this, it takes a couple of days. But it’s nagging right now. We’ll see how it goes,” Frazier said.

Frazier was not in the starting lineup for Game 1 on Sunday afternoon but penciled in for Game 2 vs. the Rockies on Sunday night.

The back problems started on Thursday when Frazier was injured swinging the bat against Jorge De La Rosa. He did not play on Friday and was not in Saturday’s lineup before the game was postponed.

“That was one I wasn’t going to play him [Saturday] even if he came in and said he felt good,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I wasn’t going to play him for two games coming off the back injury. So I elected to play him in the second game against the lefty.”

Following the game, Frazier’s back will face another challenge of trying to sit on an airplane for a two-hour flight to St. Louis. How did he expect that to feel?

“That’s another great question,” Frazier replied. “Hopefully I get some extra space and I can lie down in a comfortable position.”

Sunday Game 1 lineup

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Bruce 9
Mesoraco 2
Pena 3
Negron 5
Schumaker 4
Heisey 7
Latos 1

A new one for me

I’ve covered baseball for 14 seasons and just when you think you’ve seen almost everything, something new goes down.

On Saturday, the start of the Reds-Rockies game was delayed because of a water main break outside of Coors Field. I’ve seen weather delays, power failure delays and injury delays. Water main break? That qualifies as different. Plumbing inside the park wasn’t working while crews fixed the issue outside.

I grabbed a picture but I guess it was after things quieted down outside.

UPDATE: The game was postponed. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday.

Game 1 starts at 4:10 p.m. ET
Game 2 slated for 9:10 p.m. ET.

That is not optimal on a travel day for the Reds, who play in St. Louis on Monday.

IMG_3139-0.JPG

Game 123: Reds at Rockies

Todd Frazier is a no-go again because of a lower back injury.

Hamilton 8
Negron 5
Bruce 9
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Pena 3
Schumaker 4
Cozart 6
Axelrod 1

Axelrod to start Saturday

The Reds announced Friday that RHP Dylan Axelrod will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start vs. the Rockies on Saturday in place of Homer Bailey. No official transaction was completed to make room for Axelrod on the 40-man roster yet. That will likely come Saturday.

Axelrod, 29, appeared in 48 games – with 30 starts – for the White Sox from 2011-13 and had a 5.36 ERA. The Reds purchased him from Chicago on July 17. He is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts since joining the Bats and worked a two-hit shutout to defeat Rochester on Aug. 5. On Monday, Axelrod worked 7 2/3 innings with four runs allowed for a win vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Assigned No. 40, Axelrod has yet to arrive in Denver.

Game 122: Reds at Rockies

Hamilton 8
Negron 4
Bruce 9
Ludwick 7
Pena 2
Hannahan 3
Santiago 5
Cozart 6
Cueto 1

**UPDATE: Todd Frazier is not playing tonight because lower back soreness. He is day-to-day. Frazier said he hurt his back during his second at-bat on Thursday and can’t run. He feels worse today even with treatment.

Saturday’s starter is TBA

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who was pushed back from Wednesday’s start because of right elbow stiffness, is now not making his re-scheduled start for Saturday.

The Reds game notes list the Saturday starter as “TBA.”

I know there was a report on Wednesday night about Bailey from the Enquirer saying he had a flexor mass injury. That hasn’t been revealed as of yet by the club. I will hope to have more when the clubhouse opens.

UPDATE: Bryan Price confirmed Bailey’s flexor mass strain and that he is headed to the DL. A replacement starter will be named on Friday. The Reds opted not to make a roster move today to get another bench player or reliever here.

As for who could replace Bailey…

LHP David Holmberg, who is on the 40-man roster, just pitched on Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville — so he is out of the question.

RHP Brett Marshall last pitched on Tuesday and was beat up for five runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He is also having a rough season at 0-7 with a 7.29 ERA.

RHP Dylan Axelrod, who was picked up from the White Sox organization last month, last pitched on Monday for Louisville and Saturday would be his turn on normal rest. He’s also a bit of a hot hand as he is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts since joining the Bats. He worked a two-hit shutout to defeat Rochester on Aug. 5 and worked 7 2/3 innings with four runs allowed for a win on Monday vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

At Double-A Pensacola, top prospect Robert Stephenson last pitched on Saturday and another prospect, Michael Lorenzen, pitched on Sunday. Neither are on the 40-man. I’d be a little surprised if the Reds went with either of these guys.

Game 121: Reds at Rockies

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 3
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Schumaker 4
Negron 5
Cozart 6
Simon 1

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 440 other followers

%d bloggers like this: