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Larkin on managing: “Not at this point”

Reds great and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was hired as a roving Minor League infield instructor on Friday and met with the assembled media at Double-A Pensacola. Courtesy of the team’s blog, Hook, Line and Sinker, I have a few of Larkin’s comments for you.

On the possibility of managing a team in the near future?

Larkin: “Not at this point, I don’t think. I manage the national team in Brazil. I really enjoyed that, but I enjoyed the fact that after the tournament was over, it was over. I’ve still got kids that want Dad to be there, so managing in the big leagues is a pretty substantial commitment and one that just my schedule doesn’t allow for at this time. … I interviewed for the Tampa Bay job. I talked to [general manager David] Dombrowski about the Tigers job last year. But I just don’t feel like I’m ready for that type of commitment. If I’m going to dive in, I need to be all in, and I’m just not quite at that point yet.

On the goals and description of his new role for the Reds…

Larkin:

“I like it. Player development has always been something I’ve been interested in. I really appreciate the Reds reaching out to me and asking me to be part of, really in charge of kind of helping to raise the level of their middle infielders.

[In] Forty years, I guess, in Cincinnati, there were two shortstops: myself and Davey Concepción. And since my retirement [after 2004], there’s been kind of a revolving door. Zack Cozart, hopefully, can be the shortstop for many, many years. There’s Brandon Phillips, the second baseman. Hopefully, we will have a surplus of strong defensive, offensive-minded middle infielders in this organization.

Votto suspension creates unique situation

As the Reds are preparing for the doubleheader on Saturday vs. the White Sox, Joey Votto is not here as he must serve his one-game suspension that was levied on Friday. Of course, Votto is eligible for Game 2. I asked manager Bryan Price if there was any issue with having Votto in the clubhouse to get ready for Game 2, while Game 1 is still playing.

“We’ve had to ask that question,” Price said. “He could not be on the premises when the game started if we would have played [Friday]. In this situation, he’ll have enough time. I think he can be here 1 ½-2 hours prior to the start of Game 2, which is going to be ambiguous. He won’t come until after Game 1 has begun, for sure. We’re not going to abuse that.

“MLB is sensitive to that, I’m sure, you can’t ask a guy to do that. If it was a pitcher or anybody, you can just ask them to jump out of a cab and then 30 minutes later, face a lefty throwing 95-plus. That doesn’t seem right, does it?”

Game 1 Reds lineup

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Frazier 5

Bruce 9

Phillips 4

Pena 2

Cozart 6

Schumaker DH

Negron 3


Cueto 1

Game 29: Reds at White Sox

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Frazier 5

Mesoraco DH

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Cozart 6

Barnhart 2

Negron 3

*It’s Mesoraco’s first time in the starting lineup since April 11.

One-game suspension for Votto

Reds first baseman Joey Votto received a one-game suspension on Friday, a result of an ejection and making contact with an umpire during an argument earlier this week.

Votto will serve the suspension during Friday’s series opener vs. the White Sox. He was also fined an undisclosed sum. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

During the top of the third inning of Wednesday’s 3-0 Reds win over the Pirates at PNC Park, Votto was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Conroy after he struck out to end the inning, slammed his helmet to the ground and yelled something in the direction of starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Votto had his back turned when Conroy threw him out of the game and was not informed until after he took his position defensively. When realizing he was tossed out, he charged at Conroy to argue and bumped him.

Surgeries set for Bailey, Magill

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.

Byrd in two-spot; Cozart close

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.”

Game 28: Reds at Pirates

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Negron 6

Pena 2

DeSclafani 1

Game 27: Reds at Pirates

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Negron 6

Barnhart 2

Leake 1

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.

Mesoraco trying to avoid surgery

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.

Said Mesoraco:

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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