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Big day for Reds news

I guess not much went on during Trade Deadline day, huh?

To recap — here is a summary of all the trade and non-trade news of the day on Friday.

1. 3B Scott Rolen was acquired from Toronto with cash for 3B Edwin Encarnacion, RHPs Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.

2. IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. traded to the Yankees for Minor League catcher Chase Weems.

3. Edinson Volquez had to shut down his simulated start after his arm tightened up. This could be a disastrous development pending on what the results are.

4. Bronson Arroyo confirmed his admission of using androstendione and amphetamines.

5. The Reds called up RHP Kip Wells to fill in the roster blanks in the bullpen.

6. Catcher Ryan Hanigan returned after he missed six games with a sore neck.

The Rolen post before should have everything you need know. Here is my story on

As for the Hairston deal, here is what GM Walt Jocketty had this to say about Weems.

“We got very good reports him. He’s actually a guy we were interested in for the draft a couple of years ago and didn’t get.”

Volquez was supposed to be taking the final step before a possible rehab assignment when he began what was to be an 80-pitch simulated game. He didn’t make many throws from the mound before he walked off the field with head trainer Mark Mann. It turned out to be tightness in the arm inside the forearm/elbow area.

“My trainer told me it was a 50-50 chance it could happen,” Dusty Baker said. “So now it’s back to the drawing board again. That’s something I wasn’t expecting or hoping for.”

If his throwing program is shut down again, that could likely finish any chance Volquez has for returning this season. There is no word on whether his issue will be surgical.

Arroyo inserted himself into controversy when he tried to defend former Red Sox teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, who were identified by the New York Times as two of 104 players on a list of players the tested positive for PEDs in 2003. In Friday’s Boston Herald, Arroyo admitted to taking androstenedione and amphetamines himself before both performance-enhancing drugs were banned by baseball.

On Friday, Cincinnati reporters were gathered around Arroyo’s locker to get the rest of the story.

“From 1998-2003, I took androstendione,” Arroyo said. “1998 was a big year for Mark McGuire. That was when he had the stuff sitting in his locker,” Arroyo said. “Everyone was aware of the fact that he took that stuff and said he was taking it. So everybody went out and tried it. I tried it in the Arizona Fall League. I thought I could hit my head on the rim [playing basketball]. [pitcher] Mike Lincoln and I would go to 24-hour Fitness every night, shoot hoops and work out until midnight-1 am. I felt unbelievable on this stuff. I took it through 2003 until they told me that stuff would give me a positive test. So I didn’t take it anymore.”

As for amphetamines, which were commonly known as greenies, Arroyo had no problem admitting usage until they were banned before the 2006 season.

“Oh yeah, of course I took a greenie for a 12:35 p.m. game,” Arroyo said. “Pitching against Johan Santana, you don’t think I’m going to take a greenie if I could? C’mon.”

Since random drug testing became mandatory in 2004, Arroyo has never flunked. He still uses a variety of legal substances to get a physical edge, including creatine, proteins, vitamins, ginseng and caffeinated drinks.

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Rolen acquired from Toronto

The trade is official — Scott Rolen and cash going from Toronto to the Reds in exchange for 3B Edwin Encarnacion, RHP Josh Roenicke and minor lg RHP Zach Stewart.

The Reds will also receive an undisclosed amount of cash from Toronto to off-set some of Rolen’s salary. He is making $11 million this season and is due to make $11 million in 2010.

The 34-year-old Rolen was batting .320 in 88 games with the Blue Jays with eight home runs and 43 RBIs. He is a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner.

With the Reds 11 games under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of first place entering Friday, it was still a stunning move even though it had been rumored for weeks.

“We made ourselves better,” GM Walt Jocketty said. “That’s how I look at it. We made ourselves better for this year and next year. That’s what I said all along we’re trying to do.”

Rolen, a native of Jasper, Indiana, had to waive his no-trade clause before the deal could be finalized.

“I wanted Rolen,”  Jocketty said. “I just think the type of player he is, the character he brings, will be great for our organization. He’ll be a big part of this franchise. For him, it’s an opportunity to basically come home. He’s thrilled.”

The Reds had to give up a lot to get Rolen. Roenicke was deemed a top prospect and the hardest thrower in the organization.

“It was kind of the stumbling block,” Jocketty said. “We finally gave in and decided to give up the pitching. It was difficult to give up the young pitching. With Scott coming over, there wasn’t a place for Edwin.”

“How can you not want a guy like that?” said Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo when told about the deal before it was official. “It would be hard for us to find a better third baseman in the game defensively. Obviously, pitching against him – he’s not a guy I want to see at the plate with men on second and third and two outs. That tells me this organization isn’t remotely close to quitting.”

“We’re really excited about getting Rolen,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I think it was a great move for Edwin too. Sometime a change of scenery might be good for you. I think it’s a great opportunity for Edwin. And we’re just as happy to get Scott Rolen. A gold glove third baseman, an RBI producer, we’re excited to see him play. It’s going to help our team, out outlook, our attitude. I hate giving up Roenicke. But you have to give up something to get something.”

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Roster move, Lincoln news

The Reds made their expected roster move to get down to 12 pitchers. The odd man out was Josh Roenicke, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Infielder Drew Sutton was recalled from Louisville and expands the options on the bench. Sutton appeared in three games during his previous call-up and went 0-for-4. He was sent down on July 7 and returns after he spent the minimum 10 days in the minors.

In 10 games with the Reds, Roenicke was 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA. He retired eight of his 10 first batters and let one of eight inherited runners scored. He struck out a career-high four over two innings on Thursday vs. Milwaukee.

Reliever Mike Lincoln will be having cervical disc replacement surgery on Monday in St. Louis. Lincoln has been on the 15-day DL since June 17 because of a bulging disc in his neck. A prognosis won’t be known for Lincoln until after the operation, but I can’t imagine him returning any time this season.

During the off-season, Lincoln was re-signed to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Encarnacion 5
Dickerson 9
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

Edwin Encarnacion has been getting it quite together at the plate lately and is finally poised to get his batting average north of .200. Encarnacion came into Friday batting .323 (11-for-34) with two home runs and seven RBIs in 11 games since returning from over two months on the DL. Overall, he was batting .196.

“I feel great right now,” said Encarnacion, who was 3-for-3 Thursday with a three-run homer and RBI single. “I’ve been working hard to get my timing back. Right now, I’ve got my timing. When I came back, I tried to do too much and didn’t come through the first two games. I thought back to taking it slow, being more patient and not trying to do too much. That’s what I’ve been doing.”

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Messy, or was it sloppy?

The Reds should have left town with a split and they knew it. Mistakes galore cost them two leads and culminated in a 9-6 loss to the Phillies. That meant dropping three of four in the series.

There were leads of 3-0 and 6-4 that became dust in the wind because of self inflicted gaffes.

In the third inning, Chase Utley hit a two-out inside-the-park homer to center field. Willy Taveras was too close to the wall when the ball caromed and Chris Dickerson wasn’t backing up from right field.

In the fourth inning, a Shane Victorino liner spun off of Brandon Phillips’ glove and scored two runs.

Reds starter Micah Owings gave up seven earned runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings with four walks and a strikeout. He threw 97 pitches. 

In the decisive fifth inning that included four walks from three pitchers and only two hits, reliever Josh Roenicke was late covering first base on Paul Bako’s would-be inning-ending double play. Three runs scored in the inning and put the Reds away.

Quotes from Dusty Baker:

“You can’t be walking people, not in this ballpark against that lineup. They’re already tough enough to get out. They don’t need any help.”

“Young Roenicke was late breaking to the bag and didn’t get to the bag and that cost us three runs.”

“It’s just disheartening. We should have at least come out of here with a split.”

From Phillips on the liner off of his glove:

“It was knuckling and I almost caught it. It was the toughest one. If it was higher, it would have been easier to catch. When it’s at your ankles, it’s hard to catch those balls. I didn’t even feel the ball touch my glove, to tell you the truth. I wish I would have caught it. if it was any other person out there, I felt they would have done the same thing I did. It was just a tough break.”

This loss also put 41-43 Cincinnati into fifth place, 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis. The Reds need a good weekend at New York to get some momentum into the break.

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Lincoln DL'd, Roenicke recalled

RHP Mike Lincoln went on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, a move that was retroactive to Saturday, because a bulging disc in his neck. Reliever Josh Roenicke was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

In 19 games this season, Lincoln is 1-1 with an 8.29 ERA over 23 innings. He has struggled much of the season and unbeknownst to everyone, was pitching with the injury for a while.

“He didn’t want to say anything because he felt like he was letting the team down already,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Actually, I told him ‘hey man, it’s making it worse. Let’s not play with disc problems, back problems and anything with the spine.’ He said he was going to try and fight through it.”

Lincoln was told to rest for five days while he undergoes rehab and takes medication. Last season after returning from a four-year layoff because of an elbow injury, he worked a career high 64 games and was solid from the bullpen.

“With all the years he spent on the DL, the last thing he wanted to do was go back on the DL,” Baker said. “I understand that but I told him it’s not quite hero time. It’s admirable when your guys want to play, pitch and contribute.”

In 23 games for Louisville, Roenicke was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 11 saves. Over his 24 innings, he gave up 26 hits and three walks with 26 strikeouts. He hadn’t allowed a run over his last 11 appearances. The right-hander has converted his last 10 save chances in a row.

“The big concern is he hasn’t really gone back-to-back days or multiple innings,” Baker said. We’ll just have to break him in.”

Roenicke appeared in five games last season for the Reds as a September call-up.

Almost that time…

Early Friday morning, I will be catching my flight to Sarasota, where the forecast says it will be 76 degrees (not bad). If all goes smooth with the trip, I will head over to the complex around midday and see who is around. Maybe I will be able to start banging out some copy too. The pitchers and catchers report date is Saturday and it’s Tuesday for position players.

Media relations director Rob Butcher sent out a note earlier listing some of the early arrivals.

RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Jared Burton, OF Chris Dickerson, IF/OF Jeff Keppinger, LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Nick Masset, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Daryl Thompson, C Ryan Hanigan, IF Adam Rosales, IF Paul Janish and OF Norris Hopper.

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