Results tagged ‘ Scott Rolen ’

Bailey to rehab assignment

Homer Bailey (right shoulder) will depart tomorrow for a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. Bailey will meet the team in Syracuse and is slated to start on Saturday vs Lehigh Valley. He is expected to make at least two starts before being activated.

Reds lineup vs Cubs

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

*LHP Aroldis Chapman threw 24 pitches, 12 strikes in two-thirds of an inning and gave up three runs, three hits and one walk with no strikeouts for Double-A Carolina. Chapman is expected to make four appearances for Carolina.

*RHP Jared Burton’s three-week old throwing program took another step when he threw in the bullpen for the first time on Tuesday. Burton, recovering from right shoulder surgery, said he was throwing at around 55-60 percent. After a another more bullpen session on Friday, Burton will head to Goodyear and throw live BP.

*SS Edgar Renteria (back) hit, ran and threw on Tuesday and is doing better. He is on track to get into some games in San Francisco.

*3B Scott Rolen is still out what’s now being called a viral infection in his throat rather than strep throat.

*And finally, RHP Edinson Volquez was a man of his word. Volquez produced a plastic shopping bag that was full of his shorn dreadlocks and hair. Check it out:

Rolen not in the lineup

Reds lineup vs. the Brewers

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Renteria 6
Lewis 7
Cairo 5
Hanigan 2
Leake 1

*Scott Rolen is in a 4-for-27 clip (.148) since May 25 and 9-for-50 (.180) since May 18. No word until we get to the clubhouse on if there’s a specific reason for the rest tonight.

**UPDATE: Talked to Rolen and this was a planned off day. Dusty Baker told him last night.

“He gave me the day off so we could put two full ones in a row – today and tomorrow,” Rolen said. “It doesn’t have to be a day game after a night game.”

Asked how he’s feeling at the plate lately as he’s struggled, Rolen know it isn’t how he wants to be.

“I’m kind of searching a little bit, obviously,” Rolen said. “I’m trying to figure it out, a never ending batting. I wish it were coming a little easier than it is right now.”

*More on Rolen later on MLB.com/Reds.com

*Edgar Renteria gets another start. He is 4-for-10 (.400) lifetime with a homer vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum.

*Renteria also has six errors for the season. Paul Janish has four errors at shortstop and one at third base. Renteria’s E6 between the legs set an ominous tone in the four-run Milwaukee third inning last night. The stunner was that ball went between the wickets on Janish too in the ninth.

Did Volquez really say that?

 Edinson Volquez had a rough day and has been having an inconsistent season. That made his postgame comments after a 12-4 loss all the more curious.

“I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs,” Volquez said. “The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen in five games? (Actually 12). It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.”

Keep in mind that Volquez allowed seven runs (six earned) with seven hits, four walks, one hit batter and three strikeouts. He is 3-3 with a 6.35 ERA this season. His first inning ERA is 18.00

Stay tuned, because I can’t see that comment going over well.

Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated changes could be afoot and that he might not keeping rolling Volquez out there.

“We’re mulling that around now,” Baker said. “Last time, he was a lot better. This outing, he didn’t start off well again. We’ve got discuss what to do.”

You can read much more about this day and what lurks ahead in Philadelphia in my game story. The full version should be up shortly if it’s not already.

Notes:

*In today’s notebook, hopefully you saw that Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Chapman will meet the team and pitch an inning in Norfolk.

*Joey Votto’s first inning home run was his first since April 27, a span of 21 games.

*Since returning from the DL, Scott Rolen has hits in 7 of 9 games and is batting .343 (12-for-35)

*Jay Bruce was 2-for-4 with a homer, his 11th of the season. He’s 8-for-14 (.571) over a four-game hitting streak.

*Overall, the offense is having trouble. In the five game losing streak, they are batting .207.

Quotes:

“I know people around here – it was kind of like that for us last year – it’s going to take a little while for them to come around and believe the Indians are for real. I think they’ve got a good team. I thought their pitching was good and obviously their offense really broke out today. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, because they’ve been playing well all year.” — Chris Heisey on the Indians

“He had a bunch of pitches that inning. It’s tough to keep going to your bullpen that early and you keep hoping he’ll give us some innings so it didn’t tear up everybody out there. We have 10 days in a row before we get an off day.” — Dusty Baker on Volquez in the first inning.

“They’re playing good baseball and they beat us. They got us pretty good. It doesn’t get any easier in Philadelphia, obviously, when we face those guys. We can’t make up a series. We’ve got our hands full in Philadelphia and Atlanta both. We will try to play a little better baseball and hopefully try to win a series there.” — Scott Rolen

The quality starts keep coming

Reds lineup vs. Pirates

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

*UPDATED lineup above with Fred Lewis in RF now, batting sixth and Scott Rolen moving up to the 5th spot. Jay Bruce was scratched because he is sick. Bruce was feeling under the weather during Tuesday’s game vs. the Cubs.

“You could see it in his eyes,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You kind of want to quarantine him so it doesn’t spread around. That’s the thing that you hate the most, as a team; when things become an epidemic.”

*Reds starting pitchers are 8-0 with a 2.37 ERA in the last 13 games since May 3. There have been five straight quality starts and nine of the last 10. No doubt this has been the biggest reason for the recent boost to the team.

*The club’s 13 come-from-behind wins are second in the Majors behind the Rockies’ 15.

*Fox Sports Ohio has picked up the June 8 Reds game vs. the Cubs that begins at 12:35 p.m. ET. The move was made because ESPN converted the Reds’ June 12 game at the Giants to an exclusive Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

Roster move

To make room for Scott Rolen’s activation from the DL, the Reds optioned infielder Chris Valaika to Triple-A Louisville.

Valaika batted .313 since his April 24 call-up. He was 5-for-11 (.455) over his last five games. What stood out for me is how capably he played third base in several games. It’s the position he’s least familiar with but he handled it well. It gives the Reds another option to consider down the road should they lose Rolen, and/or Juan Francisco to an injury.

The Reds have not activated RHP Jose Arredondo from the DL and he is not on the premises yet. That situation remains murky but I will keep you posted. His rehab assignment ended officially on Tuesday. I am trying to figure out the rules of what must be done with a player after his rehab assignment expires.

**UPDATE — I was told that there is no set rule for a time limit to get a player back on the active roster after a rehab assignment runs out. That being said, I do not expect the Reds to let Arredondo stay idle for very long because it does him little good. And the Reds aren’t likely to DFA him because that would be a total waste of rehab/sweat equity they put in with him in 2010 and this year.

Rolen back in the fold

Reds lineup vs. Cardinals

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

*Obviously, a roster move is pending for the activation of Scott Rolen. No word yet.

*Against Kyle Lohse, Edgar Renteria has the best career numbers at 5-for-12 (.467) with all singlesand one RBI. Fred Lewis is 2-for-3 with two doubles. Joey Votto is 3-for-9 (.333).

*Against Bronson Arroyo lifetime, Lance Berkman is hitting .292 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

*Since Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto came off the DL, the Reds rotation is 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA. That included a 24-inning scoreless streak that was snapped on Wednesday.

*Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa will not be with his club this weekend as he continues to be ill with shingles.

*Three games into his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville, Juan Francisco is 4-for-15 (.267) with one  double,  two RBIs and  three strikeouts.

*From the Reds: Through 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday 5/25 fans can register at reds.com for the opportunity to purchase up to 4 individual tickets to the 6/20-6/22 games vs the Yankees…fans selected will be notified on or about Fri, 5/27 via thee-mail address submitted on the registration form.

*And if you don’t mind some non-Reds news, Hall of Famer and former Twins great Harmon Killebrew announced today he was entering hospice care as he loses his fight against esophageal cancer. I had the prvilege to interview Harmon a few times in person when I covered the Twins and occassionally talked with him on the phone as well for stories. He could not have been more gracious to speak with and there isn’t a nicer gentleman around the game of baseball.

Rolen to DL, Valiaka recalled

 After waiting a couple of days, the Reds placed 3B Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Rolen received two injections on his shoulder Thursday and hoped to play after a couple of days.

To replace Rolen, IF Chris Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.  In 14 games for Louisville, Valaika batted .306 with one homer and six RBIs. He played 11 games at second base and two at third base.

Valaika will give the Reds some extra offense. While strong at second base, he has little experience at third base. If Rolen is out long term, it would be a big blow.

Also — OF Fred Lewis’ rehab assignment was transfered from Double-A Carolina to Louisville.

Renewing the rivalry

Reds lineup vs. Cardinals

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

*Scott Rolen is out of the lineup today because his surgically repaired left shoulder has been bothering him, and has also led to neck and back soreness. Rolen saw medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek Thursday morning had his shoulder X-rayed. He was given two injections to try and relieve the pain. An MRI on his neck showed no issues.

“I got to the point when I played Wednesday, I’m trying to figure out how to catch up to 87, 88 [mph]. I’m thinking ‘I’m trying to finish the game,'” Rolen said. “This is what I’m thinking. This is going the wrong way.”

Since his eight-game hitting streak ended on April 11, Rolen is batting .138 (4-for-29).

Rolen said it usually takes a couple of days to stop feeling sore from injections. It might put him out for this three-game series. But he didn’t rule out playing either.

“I think anything is feasible. I’m not sure where we are,” Rolen said.

Rolen missed most of 2005 with a torn left labrum in his shoulder. It took two surgeries to repair it but he’s continually had to monitor the shoulder and adjust his hitting style to play through it.

*Jared Burton is having arthroscopic surgery today to debride his right shoulder. Prognosis will come after the operation is done. It’s another bad break for someone who’s had health problems galore the past few seasons.

*Johnny Cueto’s second rehab start for Triple-A Louisville didn’t sound promising. He gave up eight runs, five earned runs on 9 hits over 1 2/3 innings with 2 walks, zero strikeouts and one home run. Louisville lost the game at Columbus, 19-3

*Homer Bailey is now slated to pitch for Louisville on Sunday vs. Toledo. His second rehab start was originally supposed to be today.

*The weather is iffy for tonight. Already had hail and thunderstorms earlier today after getting into town. Hearing a bunch of more storms could blow through later today. Guess we’ll see what happens.

Rolen, Stubbs rested

Reds lineup vs. D-backs

Heisey 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Leake 1
*Scott Rolen gets a break coming off a night game. Although he has hit safely three of his last four games, it’s also a 3-for-17 stretch (.176).

“I could see he was a little slow the last couple of days,” manager Dusty Baker said.

*Drew Stubbs also is being rested despite batting .313 (10-for-32) with three homers his last eight games.

“You hate to give Stubbs a day off but you have to do it sometimes. Whenever I do, he seems to come back real strong,” Baker said.

***Just saw this after posting, but Stubbs is also 1-for-9 with 6 Ks vs. Arizona starter Daniel Hudson.

*I will be very curious to see what kind of reception Mike Leake will get when he takes the mound today.

Sunday at Chase Field

Reds lineup vs. Diamondbacks

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

*This is Mike Leake’s first game vs. the D-Backs. Leake spent his college career a few minutres away at Arizona State.

*Johnny Cueto will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on April 16, assuming his two innings in Goodyear on Monday go without incident.

*Homer Bailey, slated to throw Tuesday in Goodyear, will have a tentative start on April 17 for Louisville assuming all goes well for him as well. More on both guys later on Reds.com.

*Scott Rolen, with a seven-game hitting streak, is playing the day game after a night game. Dusty Baker tries to pick his spots with the days off for Rolen.

“It just depends on how many consecutive days if we have off days in between, the time of the game is important,” Baker said. “Last night’s 5:10 game made it easier for me to play him today.”

Rolen’s next expected day off is Wednesday. Thursday is a scheduled off day for the team.

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