Aroldis Chapman was not available on Monday night — a game the Reds lost by a 6-5 score in 10 innings to the Cardinals.
Chapman faced four batters and walked all of them before the Reds dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker to the Rockies in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. He threw 28 pitches.
“He’s just a little achy and it just doesn’t make sense at all for us to keep running him out there,” Reds manager Bryan Price said after a 6-5 loss to St. Louis in 10 innings. “He was a little achy [Sunday]. I didn’t want to say anything but he was. By the time we knew there might be an issue, the damage was done yesterday.
“Our trainers say it’s a day-to-day thing and that he could be ready to go soon. I’m not crossing him off our list for tomorrow by any means.”
Also not available were Sam LeCure and Carlos Contreras. Jonathan Broxton was being held back to close if there was a lead in extras. Fresh off the DL, Logan Ondrusek faced three batters in the 10th and retired nobody in his first game since July 12.
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.
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.”
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.
Todd Frazier is a no-go again because of a lower back injury.
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.
**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.