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Initial thoughts on Edmonds

I like today’s trade by the Reds for a few reasons.

1. I think Jim Edmonds still has it. Remember that game-winning PH homer he clobbered off of Bronson Arroyo in Milwaukee on July 26? He can still be big in clutch moments.

2. Edmonds is another guy in the clubhouse that’s been there and done that. He has World Series experience. That can only help a mostly stretch-run untested group of young guys. He’s a .274 hitter with a .361 OBP in seven years worth of post-season play, mostly with St. Louis.

3. I think Chris Dickerson and his injuries made the Reds impatient. He’s a good guy with lots of talent, but this trade is about now. If they wanted him here, he would have come up a while ago. He showed he was ready.

One reason to worry about the trade:

Edmonds wasn’t able to play much during the last Reds-Brewers series because of a sore Achilles tendon. It’s nagged him much of the summer. A 40-year-old center fielder with a bad wheel is certainly a concern. Obviously, he can still hit but running is an issue.

But apparently, Edmonds is well enough to start tonight. He’s in the lineup against the Cardinals.

Phillips 4
Nix 7
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Edmonds 8
Bruce 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Leake 1

*No 25-man roster move to make room for Edmonds has been revealed yet. Walt Jocketty and Edmonds are meeting with the media at 4 p.m. ET.

*And this from the Reds: Major League Baseball today made a scoring change in the bottom of the second inning of Tue’s 7-6 loss at Pit…the hit by Lastings Milledge originally ruled a double has been changed to an error on Reds 3B Scott Rolen…that scoring change adjusts
the number of earned runs charged to Reds pitchers from 6er to 0er.

 That change lowered Mike Leake’s ERA from 3.86 to 3.43 entering tonight’s start. 

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Reds acquire Edmonds

Reds GM Walt Jocketty had been coy about the club’s plans for OF Chris Dickerson when he was ready to come off of the DL. Now we know why. Dickerson was traded Monday to the Brewers for 40-year-old center fielder Jim Edmonds.

Edmonds played for Jocketty in St. Louis from 2000-07 and won a World Series in 2006. Other ex-Cardinals in the Reds fold include third baseman Scott Rolen and recently signed relievers Jason Isringhausen and Russ Springer.

In 17 seasons for five teams, Edmonds is a lifetime .285 hitter with a .376 on-base percentage.

Known for making some spectacular highlight catches in center field over the years, Edmonds missed all of 2009 and staged a comeback after signing with Milwaukee before this season. Nagging injuries have bit him often, including a sore right Achilles tendon that has limited his ability to run. It hasn’t bothered him much at the plate, since he is batting .286 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs in 73 games.

Dickerson hasn’t played for the Reds since April 30 and was out after having surgeries on his right hand and wrist. He just wrapped up a rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville, where he batted .442

(19-for-43) with three homers, seven RBIs, nine walks and six steals in 13 games.

Edmonds will wear No. 15 for the Reds.

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Could Chapman be summoned?

RHP Russ Springer is headed to the doctor for a MRI test later today because of a sore hip flexor. If he needs to go on the DL, it’s possible Aroldis Chapman could be the guy called up from Triple-A Louisville.

“Maybe,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “There are two or three guys down there pitching well. We just have to decide, looking at the matchups and who we’re playing, which guy is available and the best matchup.”

RHP Jared Burton is also pitching well at Louisville and could be one of the other candidates. Springer said he was still sore on Friday morning.

“It’s discouraging because my arm feels great,” Springer said. “Hopefully, it’s just a little hiccup. It was a long road to get back to the big leagues and two outings in, it grabbed me like that.”

*OF Chris Dickerson was recalled from his rehab assignment at Louisville but has not been activated from the DL yet. Dickerson was in California to be a funeral.

“We can either bring him back here or option him [to Louisville],” Jocketty said.

*The Reds set their rotation for the upcoming Cardinals series. It will be Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo. Leake will be pitching in his normal turn, and facing St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter. There was no discussion of moving things around.

“Whoever is throwing the best, you can’t just match it up for St. Louis and maybe lose games before you even get to St. Louis,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Quite frankly, our rotation has been set since the 26th of July until the 22nd of August.”

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Greetings from Chicago

I’m back in business and in Chicago tonight after a few days off while the Reds were in Pittsburgh. I decided to drive the trip since it was only three days and it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. Coolest sight — what seemed like hundreds of windmills in Indiana along I-65.

For today’s off day story, I wrote about Aroldis Chapman. It will be interesting to when he gets the call. Both GM Walt Jocketty and Minor League director Terry Reynolds feel he is ready. Now it’s a matter of a spot opening up.

Although I missed the last series, I read the report on Russ Springer’s hip injury. That could be one opening if it’s serious. If not, we’ll have to wait and see.

*Tonight at Triple-A Louisville in his second rehab start, Homer Bailey had a very strong line of seven scoreless innings with six hits, no walks and nine strikeouts while pitching against Norfolk. Bailey threw 102 pitches, 66 strikes.

*I did a radio interview today where I was asked about how the Reds will clear a 40-man roster spot for Chris Dickerson when he is ready to come up. I was hesitant to answer, in part, because I was driving and didn’t have a roster in front of me (Now wouldn’t that be distracted driving?). For now, Dickerson is in California after a death in his family. 

*After thinking it over a while, two possible short term solutions to get Dickerson back the 40-man would be to move either Bailey or Aaron Harang to the 60-day disabled list. Even if Bailey moved there, he’d already be eligible to come off when he’s ready. Harang last pitched on June 30 and could come back by Sept. 1. Since he hasn’t started a rehab assignment yet, I’d imagine that wouldn’t cost him any more time than he’s already missing. Of course, that would mean another move was ahead but one at a time.

*A few weeks ago, I wondered if Dickerson might get optioned to Louisville when his rehab is done. Now I have plenty of doubts about that, especially when he’s hitting .442 (19-for-43) with three homers, seven RBIs, nine walks and six steals in 13 games during his rehab assignment. And that is happening while Drew Stubbs is in a 1-for-37 skid with the Reds.

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In Milwaukee

And Scott Rolen is back in the Reds lineup “in Milwaukee” as he predicted Sunday.

“You guys can stop asking me now,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday.

Monday lineup vs. MIL

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*No Reds hitter has a more extensive history vs. Brewers LHP Randy Wolf than Orlando Cabrera, who is 13-for-41 (.317) with four doubles, one homer and six RBIs.

*Cabrera has also been one of the hotter Reds hitters in general. He has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games (17-for-45, .378).

*Phillips has been in a slump for much of July. He’s batting .180 (16-for-89) in July and is 3-for-his-last 25. (.120). Hence the reason for Cabrera going back to leading off, a move that ignited the offense once when he was there May 7-June 23. Phillips’ last 26 starts have been from the leadoff spot.

“Brandon has been struggling some and Cabrera has been hot,” Baker said. “I flip-flopped them the first time because of that reason. Now I’m re-flipping them a second time for that reason.”

*Rolen was glad to be back in the lineup, naturally. Had he gone on the DL, he’d still be out.

“I’m cutting five days off if we had done the DL,” Rolen said. “So I’m glad it worked out and went the direction that it went. Dusty and Walt and everybody were patient as well. There was no timeframe and I wasn’t under the gun to make a decision. I probably would have made the wrong one last Thursday.”

*Homer Bailey is scheduled to make a rehab start tonight with Class A Dayton.

*Through seven games of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, Dickerson is 8-for-20 (.400). The prediction here is that Dickerson will be given the full 20-game rehab assignment. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s optioned to Louisville after that. As evidenced by the Gary Matthews Jr. situation, there is no apparent desire to shake up the current outfield situation, especially the bench with Laynce Nix and Chris Heisey.

 

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Happy 4th

A Happy Fourth of July to everyone. It’s a great day to remember the founding of the country and those who continue to work on our behalf to preserve it.

It’s going to be a smoking-hot afternoon at Wrigley Field. Several hours before game time, it’s already roasting.

I have a flight after the game tonight — I rate my chances of making it 30-70 at this point. Stay tuned later as we will learn who makes the All-Star team on TBS beginning at Noon ET.

Sunday lineup vs. Cubs

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Stubbs 8
Leake 1

*Chris Dickerson is here, currently taking fly balls in the outfield with Billy Hatcher hitting balls his way. Dickerson wasn’t here the previous the three days. Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgeries) recently resumed swinging again after he had to shut it down because of a setback.

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Monday vs. Philadelphia

Monday lineup vs. PHI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

*Dusty Baker said the club has not decided on a starter for Thursday against the Cubs. “Soon,” Baker said.

I think it will be Travis Wood, who has a 2.82 ERA over his last 10 starts and a 0.63 ERA over his last four starts. He last pitched on Friday and worked eight scoreless innings.

*Homer Bailey (right should inflammation) threw for the first time today since he was shut down over two weeks ago. Bailey threw on flat ground and made 30 throws from 60 feet. He will increase the intensity and distance each day.

“When you don’t throw for two weeks and all of a sudden throw, it’s kind of like sitting on the couch for a long time and then walking,” Bailey said Monday. “The first few steps you’re like ‘oh man.’ After that, it’s all right, I’m good. It was pain free. Everything was nice and loose. Granted, it’s only day one but definitely they’re good signs.”

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgeries) is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday but that’s not even close to happening. Dickerson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville got scrubbed last week when he was sore following batting practice, got a cortisone shot in his wrist Sunday.

“It’s sore today and hopefully some of that point from the shot will go away and I can start swinging again tomorrow,” Dickerson said. “It’s not exactly following the plan of being out four-to-six weeks. I’ve talked with specialists from all disciplines and when you get into the wrist, it’s very delicate. And it can be very touchy sometimes.”

*Baker will have a deeper bullpen with Bill Bray joining fellow lefties Arthur Rhodes and Daniel Ray Herrera. The Phillies starting lineup tonight features four lefty hitters and two switch hitters. A fifth lefty is on the bench.

“It’s not a luxury. It’s something I think is a necessity at this point,” Baker said. “If your lefties are getting lefties out, that’s when the luxury comes in. Boy, do they have some lefties.”

*Through three games of his rehab assignment at Louisville, Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-11 (.091). Hanigan is scheduled to DH for the third time tonight in the game at Norfolk.

*After this series, the Reds don’t play again at Great American Ball Park until they open the second half of the season on July 16 vs Colorado…the 15 days without a home game is the Reds’ longest since a 15-day stretch from May 31-June 14, 2001.

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Tuesday notes

Tues lineup vs OAK

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes DH
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Heisey 7
Miller 2

Arroyo RHP

*Francisco Cordero’s availability seemed unlikely after he threw 33 pitches last night in the blown save where he allowed three runs.. Dusty Baker hoped it would be an issue he’d have to deal with.

“I’m not sure,” Baker said. “That’s the first time since we’ve had him that he went more than one inning – that I can remember. We’re trying to limit him to just one inning. Hopefully we don’t need him tonight.”

Cordero last had more than three outs for the Reds on May 12, 2008 vs. Florida. It was a four-out save.

*Yesterday, Dusty Baker said this about Mike Leake and how he will be protected from throwing too many innings:

“We have to find a way to keep him strong. This is uncharted territory he’s about to enter in right now,” Baker said. “We’re going to skip him a few times and help him stay strong.”

Asked today for more specifics on when Leake might be curtailed, Baker declined to say.

“We have our rotation penciled out until the All-Star break, two of them actually,” Baker said Tuesday. “There are off days in there. We can skip almost everybody maybe. It depends on who’s the strongest, who’s throwing well and we’ll try not to skip a turn – but give them extra days.”

Edinson Volquez, scheduled to make a rehab assignment start Wednesday, is likely to be back before the All-Star break. Could he take some innings off of Leake’s hands?

“I don’t know yet,” Baker said. “He’s pitching pretty well and Volquez is throwing pretty good too. We have some decisions to make but those are pretty good decisions.”

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgeries) was to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville today. But it was halted after he was sore from batting practice.

*Scott Rolen will likely get the day off Wednesday.

*Louisville 1B/OF Yonder Alonso and LHP Philippe Valiquette were named to the World squad for the All-Star Futures game on July 11 in Anaheim.

*The Reds signed their 10th and 11th round picks today –Kevin Arico and Andrew Heyes. Both are right-handed pitchers. 

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On to Oakland

Monday lineup vs. OAK

Phillips 4
Janish 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Heisey 9
Cairo DH
Hernandez 2

Leake RHP

 

*Edinson Volquez’s next start for Triple-A Louisville was moved back to Wednesday, instead of Tuesday.

“We gave him an extra day because of the added pitch count,” Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said. Volquez is likely to throw 90 pitches in the game against Toledo.

*Homer Bailey (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to begin a throwing program by the time the Reds get home from this trip. Lessard said that Bailey’s shoulder exercise program has been intensified.

*Catcher Ryan Hanigan (fractured left thumb) did catching and blocking drills early this afternoon and later caught Johnny Cueto’s side bullpen session.

“It went very good,” Hanigan said.

*Chris Dickerson went to Louisville to take batting practice. He has not yet begun a rehab assignment. Dickerson just wanted to swing against real pitching, rather than a machine while the team was out of town.

*Orlando Cabrera gets a break today. Cabrera is 8-for-50 (.160) in 13 games since July 6 when he hurt his right ankle. He’s also 2-for-his-last 22. Dusty Baker had Cabrera for a short meeting in his office today. Baker thinks that Cabrera has been making great contact but had little luck.

“A lot of times, people just see how many hits you’ve got. They don’t see how you’ve hit the ball,” Baker said. “Jay [Bruce] was our hard-luck guy earlier and he’s been our hard-luck guy the last 10 days or two weeks. He’s been hitting the ball on the nose and has nothing to show for it all over the field. I said ‘keep swinging. Sometimes the numbers are deceiving. If you keep hitting the ball hard, you’ve got action.”

*Speaking of Bruce, he is 4-for-25 (also .160) in his last seven games and getting a break.

*I said hello to former Reds INF Adam Rosales during batting practice.  Rosales asked me if I had any Skyline Chili before making the trip. During his time in Cincinnati, I unsuccessfully encouraged him to give Skyline a try but he never made it there before the trade to Oakland.

*It’s funny how the Reds can’t seem to get three facets of the game — hitting, starting pitching and bullpen — clicking at the same time. The bullpen is finally getting it together just as the hitting takes leave. Reds relievers didn’t allow a run in any of the last four games (8 1/3 innings) and have a 0.79 ERSA over the last five games (11 1/3 innings).

*Despite the offensive void of the past weekend, the Reds remain the National League’s best team in hitting with a .274 average. They also lead the Majors with a .291 average with runners in scoring position.

*Although they came up empty against Ryan Rowland-Smith of the Mariners Sunday, the Reds are encountering another struggling pitcher in the A’s Gio Gonzalez. The lefty is 6-5 with a 4.21 ERA but is 1-2 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts in June while opponents have batted .314. He has also issued 39 walks, which is tied for third most in the American League.

*Interesting to see that the Blue Jays designated former Reds 3B Edwin Encarnacion for assignment on Monday. He was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday after batted .200 with nine homers and 22 RBIs. How does that Scott Rolen trade look to you now?

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Trying to avoid sweep

Thurs lineup vs. LAD

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Miller 2
Arroyo 1

*It was a relatively quiet morning in the clubhouse. I asked Jay Bruce a little about the meeting Dusty Baker held yesterday with the hitters. The Reds have been outscored, 25-5, in their last three games. Until a run scored in the sixth inning yesterday, there was one run scored in a span of 22 innings, including 14-straight scoreless. No one came of Baker’s meeting feeling a sense of panic.

“This is a game of failure, it’s tough. Panicking, it feeds itself,” Bruce said. “A little comes here and little more comes there when there’s more failure. It’s a downward spiral. You have to take a step back and realize it’s just been a few games. All it takes is a few games to turn it around. He reminded us of the fact that we are a good team. We are a winning team and this stuff doesn’t last.”

*OF Chris Dickerson, who has been on the DL since April 30 and had right hand/wrist surgeries, took fly balls this morning with coach Billy Hatcher and has been hitting soft tosses in the cage.

“It’s going pretty well,” Dickerson said of the hitting. “I don’t feel like the power is even close. But it’s getting close to where it’s pain free. It’s just a matter of time. Hopefully, by Sunday, I will be taking light batting practice. I might even try acupuncture to see if anything can loosen up the tightness in my forearm.”

*Edinson Volquez (Tommy John surgery rehab) pitches tonight for Class A Lynchburg vs. Kinston. It will be Volquez’s second rehab assignment start.

*Next up is a trip to the West Coast through Seattle and Oakland for more Interleague Play. This could be a big test since the Reds are 13-32 (.289) on the West Coast over the last four seasons. They were 2-4 on the previous swing through Seattle and Oakland in 2007 — with one win at each stop. The first two games vs. the Mariners should continue the run of solid pitching against the Reds — Cliff Lee starts Friday and Felix Hernandez is scheduled for Saturday.

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