Gregg DFA’d; Villarreal recalled

The Reds designated veteran reliever Kevin Gregg for assignment on Monday. Right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Gregg, 36, was initially signed to a Minor League contract in February by Cincinnati and earned a spot on the club as a non-roster player. He opened the season as the eighth-inning setup man but produced disastrous results.

In 11 appearances, Gregg had a 10.13 ERA with 12 runs, 13 hits, five walks, 14 strikeouts and three home runs over his 10 2/3 innings.

The Reds bullpen entered the night ranked last in the league with a 5.56 ERA.

Game 32: Braves at Reds (updated)

6:25 p.m Update — Zack Cozart was scratched.

New lineup:

Hamilton 8
Byrd 7
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Negron 6
Barnhart 2
Leake 1

Game 31: Reds at White Sox

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Mesoraco DH

Pena 2

Cozart 6

Lorenzen 1

Game 30: Reds at White Sox (G2 of DH)

Hamilton 8

Byrd 7

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Mesoraco DH

Boesch 9

Barnhart 2

Cozart 6

Marquis 1

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.

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