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.”
Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey’s recovery and rehabilitation from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow had been a smooth process. That was until news broke Monday that Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right elbow ligament sprain.
Reliever Carlos Contreras was called from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s spot on the roster. The Reds will have to name a starting pitcher to take Bailey’s turn on Thursday vs. the Braves at Turner Field.
Bailey, 28, was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in his two starts after his activation from the disabled list on April 18. Prior to that, he had no setbacks as he resumed a throwing program and pitched in Minor League games.
The Reds have not named a starter to take Bailey’s spot for Thursday’s game at Atlanta. Raisel Iglesias’ turn in the Louisville rotation is currently listed as TBA on Thursday, so it’s seems like a good bet. But Iglesias also pitched 4 2/3 innings in a Sunday doubleheader.
The Reds enter this series with the Brewers in need some big offensive improvement. As I wrote after Sunday’s loss, the offense isn’t producing hits with runners on base, or enough offense in general. Manager Bryan Price tweaked the lineup some by moving Zack Cozart to the second spot, Joey Votto third, Todd Frazier fourth and Brandon Phillips sixth.
With his team two games under .500 at 8-10 going into the Brewers series, Cozart was optimistic that fortunes will improve. Although 1-for-8 in the past two games, he’s been one of the team’s hotter hitters with a .352 average (19-for-54) with four homers over his last 14 games.
“You see it around the league right now. An example is the Marlins,” Cozart said. “They were 3-11 and have now won five in a row. You get into hot streaks, you get into cold streaks. Right now, we have to find a way to get hits with runners on base. We’re getting guys on base. We just haven’t gotten that big hit. We’re going to keep attacking, keep pushing the envelope of getting guys on base, stealing bases and we know it will come around. We will get some big hits.”