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This is getting ridiculous…

I take a weekend off but Reds injuries stop for no one.

On Monday, OF Chris Dickerson and  C Ryan Hanigan were added to the ranks on the disabled list. To take their place, OF Darnell McDonald and C Corky Miller will have their contracts selected from Triple-A Louisville. Corresponding 40-man roster moves will be made on Tuesday.

Dickerson suffered a severely sprained left ankle trying to get back to the bag during a pickoff attempt in Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. Hanigan was hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Delwyn Young in the eighth inning on Sunday.

Add Aaron Harang having an emergency, season-ending appendectomy on Saturday and that brings the current total of 11 players on the DL.

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Bill Hall?

Among a flurry of moves in Milwaukee today, the Brewers designated super utility player Bill Hall for assignment. Assuming he clears waivers, the Reds should take a run and add Hall. He hit 35 homers in 2006 and was often a Reds killer (18 homers, 56 RBIs vs. CIN). His sharp decline over the past three years has been mysterious and he was down to just .201 this season.

Still, it’s a no-risk move since Milwaukee owes him about $11 million for the balance of this season, next season and a buyout of the 2011 option. The Reds could just pay him the minimum. They can plug him wherever they need him this season and then figure out what to do with him next year in the off-season. If it doesn’t work out, he wouldn’t cost them much.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 7
Taveras 8
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Balentien 9
Gonzalez 6
Sutton 5
Tatum 2
Bailey 1

SS Alex Gonzalez is hitting all of .217 entering tonight but he’s been one of the Reds’ hottest hitters. He is 9-for-20 (.450) on the road trip and had four hits in Tuesday’s win.

“I feel very good. I am hitting the ball hard. I’m finding some holes,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez missed a month to have elbow surgery and has batted .273 over the previous 16 games.

“He had it going on pretty good before he got hurt,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He was starting to get it. He went backwards and is going forward again. He’s staying off of bad pitches, getting good pitches to hit and is swinging the bat well.”

Gonzalez is in a contract year as the Reds hold a $6 million option for 2010 that carries a $500,000 buyout. Considering the financial constraints they’re facing, it’s dicey on whether it gets picked up. Gonzalez said he’s not thinking about what could happen in the off-season.

“Right now, it’s about helping the team win and trying to finish strong,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t think too much about that. We have two months left. It’s more important for me to finish strong and finish the season healthy. We will see after the season.”

Mired in a career-long 0-for-20 skid, C Ryan Hanigan is getting a break tonight and Craig Tatum is catching. Hanigan has batted .143 (8-for-56) in 15 starts since Ramon Hernandez went on the DL.

Chris Dickerson did make a base running mistake in the sixth inning when he ran with his head down and got into a rundown that led to Justin Lehr being thrown out at the plate. Dickerson has great speed but been prone to mistakes on the bases.

“It’s something you can teach but you don’t want to teach through trial and error,” Baker said about base running. “Last night, he was so excited to get back he was like a runaway child in the wild.”On a foul ball, he almost passed Lehr.”

Dickerson did not goof, like I wrote, when he was thrown out at third base in the first inning on Joey Votto’s fielder’s choice play. Third base coach Mark Berry instructed Dickerson to move off the bag to prevent Mark DeRosa to throw to second for what would have been a 5-4-3 double play. So, I learned something there.

Historical note from Elias: Lehr was the only the third pitcher since 1900 to earn a win while allowing zero or one run and at least 11 hits in six innings pitched or less. The other two were Cleveland’s Jack Kralick in 1965 and Baltimore’s Pat Rapp in 2000.

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Rolen to DL, Cueto OK

One day after GM Walt Jocketty was opposed to placing 3B Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list, he did just that to make room for the activation of outfielder Chris Dickerson. Rolen has a concussion and was not showing any improvement.

“This concussion thing is out of my realm of being able to grasp,” Rolen said Tuesday following a long meeting in Baker’s office. “This isn’t playing through a hamstring or playing through a shoulder. This is something I need to pay attention to and listen to some people. I need to do the right thing.”

By Rolen’s estimate, this was the third concussion of his life. He is still experiencing headaches.

“They’re not constant headaches,” he said. “There will be a minute where I feel great and think ‘you know what? This isn’t here. I’m OK and everything is good. I will take some BP and get back out on the field.’ Two hours later, I’m kind of squinting from the lights in the room with a headache.”

There was some good injury news for a change — Johnny Cueto seems to be OK. Cueto, who left Monday’s start with what was called a “tight left hip flexor,” felt fine on Tuesday.

“He’s a lot better,” Baker said. “Evidentially, it must have been a cramp. It’s very good news. It’s a cramp and not a pull. He ran today and said he didn’t feel any pain.”

Also — Micah Owings will get one more rehab start at Triple-A Louisville. Owings threw 79 pitches over 4 2/3 innings on Monday. He will work up to 95 pitches in his next outing.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 9
Gomes 7
Rosales 5
Hanigan 2
Lehr 1

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Reinforcements, Rolen & Leake

Slowly but surely, the Reds are getting healthier. Two more signs were evident Monday as RHP Jared Burton and OF Chris Dickerson moved through the clubhouse. Burton was activated from the disabled list and took David Weathers’ vacant roster spot. Dickerson should be back on the active roster Tuesday.

Burton went on the DL July 26 with right shoulder fatigue. He made three rehab assignment outings with Class A Dayton (1g, 1ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 3k) and Triple-A Louisville  (2g, 1-0, 2ip, 0h, 0bb, 2k).

“I threw three times and got better each time out through yesterday when I felt as good as I have all year,” Burton said. “I have good and normal. My body and arm are working together.”

Dickerson played four rehab games for Louisville  and was 1-for-4 on Sunday.

“It went well and I felt fine. I would have liked to have gotten some more hits and felt better at the plate but I was just happy I didn’t have any pain. Fielding went well. I got in there, saw pitches and felt relatively comfortable for just getting back and not seeing anything for 10 days.”

rolen 081009.jpgWith the Reds, there is always a flip side to the injury front. 3B Scott Rolen is here and can’t play because of a concussion. Rolen has taken ImPACT Concussion tests already and is slated for more on Thursday.

“I don’t have the prognosis yet,” Rolen said. “On Friday in San Francisco, I was symptomatic of concussions. I am going to take few of these Impact tests again. I’ve done it a couple of times. I will see where I am. Right now, I’m down with no execise, no anything.”

Rolen had about 15 reporters/cameras surrounding him in the Reds dugout today when he met with the media. It was his first time back in St. Louis since he dealt to the Blue Jays in 2007.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty said there were no plans right now to put Rolen on the DL.

“We’ll just wait it out and see,” he said. “We don’t want to act prematurely on that just in case he’s OK. With this type of head injury, it’s too hard to predict what’s going to happen. We’ll let it go for now. I hate to put him on the DL and he’s out for two weeks and find out he’s OK by the end of the week.”

Jocketty also told me that the Reds and first round Draft pick, RHP Mike Leake, have drifted apart since he was optimistic last week that his signing could happen. Throwing a wrench into the works was that seventh overall pick, LHP Mike Minor, was signed by the Braves last week with a $2.42 million signing bonus — it was over the slot recommendation.

“That didn’t help us,” Jocketty said. “We’ll keep negotiating and hope we can get it done before the deadline. We are a reasonable amount apart. We’ve moved considerably and they haven’t moved at all. We’re still far apart.”

The deadline to sign draft picks is 12:01 am ET on Aug. 18.

This is obviously a day late since I was off, but how did you feel about the trade of Weathers to the Brewers? I always felt fans were overly harsh on Weathers, who was more dependable than he got credit for. Yes, he gave up a lot of hits and made innings a little more interesting than they needed to be, but more often than not, he finished an inning with a zero on the board.

 

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Balentien 9
Gomes 7
Rosales 5
Hanigan 2
Cueto 1

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Leake, Phillips, Owings, etc.

It’s getting down to the final stretch to sign 2009 Draft picks before the Aug. 17 midnight ET deadline. GM Walt Jocketty seemed optimistic the Reds could get their first-round pick, RHP Mike Leake, signed.

“We’ve had several discussions lately,” Jocketty said. “I think we’re getting closer. Hopefully, we’ll get something resolved this week. We’ve only got 10 days.”

Last year, the Reds didn’t sign their top pick, 1B Yonder Alonso, until about 15 minutes before the deadline.

“I hope it doesn’t take that long,” Jocketty said.

Jocketty also downplayed any notion that he was considering moving 2B Brandon Phillips to shortstop because Double-A Carolina prospect Todd Frazier was moved to second base. A report on Tuesday indicated that Jocketty was open to the notion even though it hadn’t been discussed.

“He’s played left field all year,” Jocketty said of Frazier. “We know he can play shortstop. We know he can play third base. We want to see if he can play second base. We’re trying to develop players to play different positions. It has nothing to do with Phillips.”

Frazier has started Carolina’s last five games at second base.

Phillips has had no discussions with the club about switching to the other side of the infield.

“Nobody has said anything to me,” Phillips said.

Phillips was originally a shortstop as he rose through the Expos and Indians systems. He’s played there a couple of times for the Reds.

“I will do whatever the team wants me to do,” Phillips said. “I won a Gold Glove at second base. If I have to go somewhere else, I will try to win a Gold Glove there. I will let them make the decisions.”

RHP Micah Owings, on the DL with right shoulder tightness, threw a 75-pitch simulated game today and faced Reds hitters Adam Rosales and Chris Dickerson. Owings used all of his pitches and had no issues.

“I felt pretty good and keyed on working on a couple of things,” Owings said. “I feel like I got some good work in today.”

Owings said his next step was to pitch on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville. Manager Dusty Baker left open the possiblity that the minor league outing might not be needed. Owings could possibly start for the Reds on Tuesday, the day he is eligible to be activated, if he doesn’t go to the Louisville since that would be his normal day.

3B Scott Rolen is back in after a two-game absence aftering beaned in the head on Sunday.

RHP Jared Burton went to Class A Dayton today for the beginning of his rehab assignment. Burton has been on the DL since July 26 with right shoulder fatigue and asthma. He is eligible to be activated on Sunday.

Dickerson can also return from the DL on Tuesday. Having him, Burton, and Owings return would give the beat-up Reds some much needed reinforcements.

“It would help, big time,” Baker said.

In the minors, Alonso began a rehab assignment with the GCL Reds on Tuesday. Alonso broke the hamate bone in his right hand with Carolina on June 19 and had surgery on June 23.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Balentien 9
Nix 7
Hanigan 2
Lehr 1

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Rolen, Gonzalez out

3B Scott Rolen was not in Monday’s lineup vs. the Cubs, one day after he was beaned in the head by a Jason Marquis fastball in the seventh inning. Adam Rosales started in his place. Rolen was to be examined again today.

“He’s got a headache,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The doctor said there was no concussion. He’s very lucky. I’ve never seen a ball ricochet that far. That ball went all the way to third base.”

SS Alex Gonzalez was given the night off after Sunday’s game where he committed an error dropping a cutoff throw that let a run score. He also made a soft running throw to first base in the 11th inning vs. Colorado that allowed an RBI infield single. On top of that, Gonzalez is hitless over his last 20 at-bats entering Monday.

“He’s frustrated. That game yesterday was unlike him,” Baker said.

Paul Janish started at SS vs. the Cubs.

In other news, injured OF Chris Dickerson is doing well with his slightly separated shoulder and expected to be ready to come off of the DL when eligible on Aug. 11.

Crowded DL, Lehr next up?

A lousy road trip was compounded by the loss of two more players to the disabled list on Monday. The Reds placed starting pitcher Micah Owings on the 15-day DL with a tight right shoulder. Outfielder Chris Dickerson joined him there with a bruised right rotator cuff.

“I don’t have to have surgery. I’ve been down that road already,” said Dickerson, who said he was told he had a small tear in his rotator cuff also.

“Dickerson could probably be ready in 5-6 days but we’ve been playing short most of the year,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We can’t afford to go short.”

The Reds called up reliever Robert Manuel and utility player Drew Sutton to fill the 25-man roster.That means Friday’s starter is TBA vs. the Rockies. It just so happens that RHP Justin Lehr is Triple-A Louisville’s scheduled starter that same day. Lehr, who is 13-3 with a 3.31 ERA this season was just named the International League’s pitcher of the week (2-0, 1.88 ERA in two starts). Lehr isn’t on the 40-man roster that would require a second move if he is the one. Lefty Matt Maloney, who has already been up once earlier this season, is scheduled to pitch tonight for Louisville.

As for the outfield situation, the Reds are down to Willy Taveras, Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes. Jerry Hairston Jr. can play all three spots and Sutton played right field for the first time last week in Los Angeles. Gomes was 2-for-16 on the last road trip and Nix, who just snapped a 0-for-11 skid, has struggled the last few weeks.

Baker was asked about Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs.

“They need to play,” he said, meaning they should remain in the Minors.

Currently on the DL for the Reds are: Jay Bruce, Ramon Hernandez, Edinson Volquez, Mike Lincoln, Wilkin Castillo, Danny Richar and Jared Burton.

Lincoln made his first appearance in the clubhouse since having cervical disc replacement surgery earlier this month. Other than a band-aid in the front of his neck, he didn’t look like a guy that just had a major surgery in that area.

As he often does each day, reliever David Weathers was hitting grounders to his young son, Ryan. But he called out to me and asked if I had heard anything new about him in the rumor mill. I hadn’t.

“I’d like to stay,” said Weathers, who has a one-year deal for this season and zero no-trade clauses. “I don’t want to go anywhere. But I have no control over it.”

Weathers didn’t believe the Reds were in full sell mode yet.

“If we get a sweep [of the Padres] or win three of four, that might make them think again,” Weathers said. “And what if the same people in front of us lose three or four in a row?”

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Gonzalez 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Encarnacion 5
Nix 7
Gomes 9
Tatum 2
Bailey 1

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No moves, Jocketty on hitter need

After three days off, the Reds reconvened at Great American Ball Park with their 25-man roster the same as it was before the break. No moves were made…yet.

The Reds still have 13 pitchers.

“For now,” GM Walt Jocketty said without elaborating.

“We’ll see,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Probably until [Friday]. There’s some technical stuff in there.”

As for finding a hitter outside the club, that quest will continue as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline rolls closer. With Jay Bruce out 6-8 weeks, there seems to be more of a need now than before.

“It could make it more pressing but it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen,” Jocketty said. “We’re still looking for a hitter. The fact that Jay is hurt makes it more difficult for us to score runs. We’ve still got some guys that will get more playing time. Jonny Gomes will play more. [Jerry] Hairston could play more in the outfield. We’re certainly trying to do what we can.”

Jocketty seemed to be in agreement with Baker’s view from Sunday that the time is not now for outfield prospects Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey. Jocketty saw Stubbs play three times last week for Louisville and in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star game.

“He’s getting close,” Jocketty said of Stubbs. “You don’t want to rush a guy and have him come up here and not be successful. We’ll wait until our people think the time is right. The worst thing you can do for a guy’s confidence is to bring him up here and he doesn’t perform well.”

The Reds were on the field extra early today doing early work, which is a typical thing for a team to do after a few days off. Players took infield practice, practice cutoffs and relays in the outfield, went over signs and of course, took batting practice.Among those on the field was SS Alex Gonzalez, who was throwing pretty well considering he had elbow surgery about a month ago.

“They say he’s coming back really quick. He’s at a point where he could probably go on a rehab assignment next week. It’s just a matter of the time he needs to play.”

In other injury news, Edinson Volquez could begin throwing off of a mound by next week.

And, OF Chris Dickerson was scratched from the lineup during BP. He was originally slated to bat leadoff and play right field.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Hernandez 2
Nix 7
Gomes 9
Encarnacion 5
Bailey 1

One other late note: I learned today that 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Humberto Valor received a $690,000 bonus when he signed earlier this month. That was far below what some published reports were.

 

(Much needed) break time

One thing was clear during the Reds’ 9-7 loss to the Mets at Citi Field: it’s a very good time for them to disperse for the All-Star break.

The road trip ended with a 2-5 record, including two of three to a Mets team even more banged up than the Reds. Cincinnati is a season-high three games under .500 at 42-45.

Frustration bubbled over, especially for Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman was ejected in the top of the fourth inning for arguing a called strike three by home plate umpire Bill Welke that he felt was inside. Votto was allowed to vent at Welke for several moments before he was run.

It was the first ejection of Votto’s short career. Not a stretch to think it has something to do with his being called out on strikes six times during the road trip, including his last three at-bats in a row (twice on Sunday). Votto will return after the break, of course, but his 14-game hitting streak is on a permanent vacation.

“I’d like to thank Bill Welke for christening me with my first ejection,” said Votto, who had been ejected before in the minors. “I didn’t do anything or offend him in any way. I didn’t go below the belt. I had a basic disagreement with him as far as what was a ball and a strike. He’s a good guy. I don’t have a problem with Bill, at all. I just stood there a little too long and he ran me. He’s a good guy.”

Later in the game, Welke punched out Edwin Encarnacion on a called strike three in the eighth that stopped a rally. Good thing Encarnacion didn’t argue (the pitch looked high and inside to me)– the Reds were about to use up their whole bench.

The Reds could have used Votto’s bat at the end of the game. It was still winnable but a pair of seventh-inning homers against David Weathers proved to be the difference. After Fernando Tatis hit the second homer of the inning to left field, Mets fans became irate when the giant red apple didn’t pop out behind the center field wall.

Maybe Citi Field wasn’t ready for another homer so fast. Before Brian Schneider’s long ball that started the inning, the Mets had gone 80 innings without one. The last one was hit on July 2.

As bad luck would have it, the banged up Reds outfield caught another bad break. Right fielder Chris Dickerson left after four innings with back spasms. He’s day-to-day. Dickerson fully extended himself on an unsuccessful diving catch attempt on David Wright’s bloop single in the bottom of the third and seemed to need an extra moment.

It was a rough game for starter Aaron Harang: 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER. He’s 0-5 with a 5.26 ERA in nine games since his last victory on May 25.

“I just didn’t have my location,” Harang said. “I was missing spots, falling behind and having to come back and throw strikes. They were out there swinging.”

Yep, it’s time for a break.

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Rosales up, what's next for OF?

Sorry for a late blog posting — but it’s been a little hectic and I fell behind. The first person I saw when I walked into the clubhouse was infielder Adam Rosales, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to replace the injured Jay Bruce.

It was Rosales’ first-ever time in New York. The closest he’ll get to Manhattan is flying over it.

“They called me last night at 11 p.m.,” Rosales said. “I got all packing done and took a 7:15 a.m. flight from Louisville. It’s been a long day already for me. I’m catching a flight after the game to go to Salt Lake City to see the family. I didn’t get the full experience. I saw the Statue of Liberty from the window of the plane, Manhattan and the Empire State Building.”

The Reds have some moves to contemplate over the All-Star break and expect them to recalibrate the roster some for the second half. They are currently carrying 13 pitchers and want 12. Another position player will be added, manager Dusty Baker confirmed.

The club is down to four outfielders — Willy Taveras, Chris Dickerson, Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix. Throw Jerry Hairston Jr. into the mix and that makes five. Hairston has been playing shortstop mostly with Alex Gonzalez out. Rosales played a lot of shortstop at Louisville and could go there with Paul Janish and free Hairston up the outfield.

Or the Reds could make a trade before the July 31 deadline. Baker was asked if Bruce’s injury made more likely a bat would be added from the outside.

“It depends,” Baker said on Sunday. “Everybody knows you’re in need and they want to get the better of the deal. It’s harder to trade now than ever before because most teams want your young players. [General manager] Walt [Jocketty] has already been on the phone already. We’ll see.”  

It didn’t look likely that Drew Stubbs or Chris Heisey would get promotions. Stubbs, Cincinnati’s 2006 first-round Draft pick, came into Sunday batting .279 with two home runs and 25 RBIs for the Bats.

“What does that equate to here?” Baker said. “He’s still trying to figure out his stroke. Let’s not rush these guys like we did with a whole bunch of guys. If they’re going to be here, you want them to play every day. … Let’s let these kids play and develop. All we see is their batting averages. All we see is hitting. We don’t see the total game if you want to win in the big leagues. There is base running, throwing, getting signs and fundamental stuff. If they’re going to make mistakes, let them make them there.”

And finally, Baker was asked about the lack of national notice on Francisco Cordero but turned the answer into a different direction. He used it as a chance to fire a shot across the bow of ESPN, his former employer for one year in 2007.

“It seems like publicity we get is when we got killed, 22-1 [on Monday at Philadelphia],” Baker said. “They showed every hit. They showed everything. I took exception to that. Those are my people at ESPN, why do we get all the publicity in the world when it’s a joke?”

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