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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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No Reds trades made

Here is some extended quotes from Reds GM Walt Jocketty after the non-waivers Trade Deadline passed without a Reds deal being made. Full story later on

Anything that was close to getting done?

WJ: “There were a couple yesterday that we had been working on for a while that fell apart at the end. The players we were pursuing were not traded. They probably were not real serious.”

Several relievers moved today (Wood, Dotel, Qualls) any of those guys had your interest?

WJ: “The ones we were pursuing were not traded.”

Can the Reds stay in the race with what they already have?

WJ: “Yes, I do. There were certain things we were looking at to see if we could improve but I still like our club. I’ve always liked our club and have faith that they will stay in this thing until the end. We still have some things we might do within the system, a couple of guys at Triple-A are doing well and we may take a look at.”

What did you think of the Cardinals getting Westbrook?

WJ: “I think they gave up a pretty good hitter to get him. Offense has been one of their struggles of late. He’s a good addition for them but they also lost a very good offensive player.”

A lot of times, people want trades done for the sake of doing it…

WJ: “The one thing I’ve learned – you have to have patience and you have to have discipline to prevent from making deals like that just to make a deal. Because a lot of times you make a deal that you might regret later. I’ve had several experienced guys from the past that told me some of the times the best deals you make are the ones you don’t make. Obviously there were clubs coming at us for some of our top young talent but we just weren’t going to trade for deals we didn’t think would really change our club.”

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Tick tock tick tock…

The Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. ET, first pitch between the Reds and Braves at 4:10.

Saturday lineup vs ATL

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

UPDATE at 2 pm: Baker has heard nothing relating to trades from GM Walt Jocketty.

“I haven’t seen Walt,” Baker said. “I’m sure he’s on the phone some place with it glued to his ear.”

*Baker was stunned by the three-way trade that sent RHP Jake Westbrook from the Indians to the Cardinals and OF Ryan Ludwick to the Padres. But it wasn’t the Westbrook part that shocked him.

“Ludwick, I like him. He can hit,” Baker said. “He hit 37 [homers] two years ago. Wow.”

*Many are complaining that Baker doesn’t start Chris Heisey very often, even as he does well as a pinch-hitter or late substitute (ie last night). You know who isn’t complaining? Heisey.

“No matter how well I play coming off the bench, I don’t think it determines whether I should start or not,” Heisey said on Saturday. “If a guy needs a day off, I’m ready. To be honest, I’ve had so much success off the bench and not so much when I start. Obviously, everybody wants to be a starter. I don’t resent anybody for me not starting by any means.”

Heisey is a .224 hitter (13-for-58) with two homers in 16 starts. He’s batting .423 (11-for-26) as a sub, including .389 (7-for-18) with four homers as a pinch-hitter.

“I want to start but when I get to the park and don’t see my name in the lineup, I’m never mad or anything like that,” Heisey said. “I know my role. At this point, we’re winning so I’m fine with it.”

*Aaron Harang (back) threw in another bullpen session today and said he felt OK. Harang also took batting practice and didn’t seem to be favoring anything.

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On the clock with Matthews

General manager Walt Jocketty is not with the Reds this weekend in Houston and is back in Louisville watching the Triple-A club. Dayton watching the Class A club.

Jocketty has a decision to make about Gary Matthews Jr., who has a deadline looming on Saturday.

If the Reds don’t call him up by then, Matthews can opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Manager Dusty Baker did not have any answers when asked about Matthews’ status. Baker has a long time friendship with the Matthews family — both Gary Sr. and Gary Jr.

“It depends how he fits into things right now, if he’s better than who we have already or do we ask him to extend that or if he has somewhere else to go,” Baker said. “There are a lot of questions here. If it doesn’t fit right now, I’d prefer he’d play some more.

“I hope he stays even if it doesn’t fit right now. You never know if there’s an injury, or what’s going to happen down the stretch. This isn’t only a move for this year for him. It’s a continuing career move for him too – if not here than somewhere else. He hasn’t asked anything of me either.”

Matthews signed with the Reds on June 24. Baker said he stayed away from involvement in the process and has only talked to Matthews Jr. once since he joined Louisville.

Latest on Rolen–

*Scott Rolen is out for the seventh-straight day because of a sore right hamstring. Rolen was evaluated by the trainers this afternoon.But he has appeared to turn the corner somewhat.

“He hit really well in the cage,” head trainer Paul Lessard said on Friday. “The past couple of days, it bothered him just to pivot on his back foot. He’s making strides.”

While the Reds took their regular BP on the field, Rolen took groundballs.

The Reds have held out as long as possible to not DL Rolen and haven’t targeted a return date yet. If he can come within a day or two, it would beat missing him for almost another week on DL time. He can always be backdated if he had a setback before returning.

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Isringhausen close to signing

*The Reds are going to sign free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen to a minor league deal soon after they watched him throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.

“I think we’ll get it done in the next day or so,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said on Wednesday.

Isringhausen still has to complete his physical before signing. He’ll likely go to

*When Micah Owings pitched on Tuesday and allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the sixth, it was his first action in 16 days. Owings was sent to Triple-A Louisville so he can start and get some more innings.

“It’s not his fault or anybody’s fault,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Our starters have been going so deep. There wasn’t really a need the last two weeks for a long man. And you have to hold him back for those close games and extra innings. There’s a handful of those or more.

“I remember Bob Quinn told me years ago that pitchers rust out before they wear out. That’s a prime example of that.”

*It looks like Ramon Hernandez will come off the DL tomorrow. The plan is to have him play first base so Joey Votto can get a rest. Ryan Hanigan will catch the series opener Friday at Houston and Hernandez is slated to catch on Saturday.

*Homer Bailey threw between 45-50 pitches over three innings during a simulated game Wednesday. Jocketty, Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price were watching. Paul Janish, Corky Miller and Laynce Nix were the hitters.

“It went pretty good,” Bailey said. “My curveball, split and fastball were pretty good. The slider was a little off. It’s kind of always the last one to come for me.”

*If Bailey still feels OK Thursday, the plan is for him to start a rehab assignment on Monday when he starts for Class A Dayton.

*Aaron Harang (back spasms) went to the chriropractor today for another adjustment and said “today is a really good day.” He’s been doing rehab and treatment and walking on a treadmill. He tried throwing a bullpen session during the All-Star break but shut it down because he didn’t feel right. There is no ETA on when he’ll resume throwing or return to the club.

*There is nothing new with Scott Rolen. The club is trying to wait out his sore right hamstring as long as possible.

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Decision looming on Matthews Jr.’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the Reds have a July 24 deadline looming when it comes to OF Gary Matthews Jr. If Matthews isn’t promoted from Triple-A Louisville by then, he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty confirmed that for me Tuesday afternoon. Matthews is batting .310 with three homers 5 RBIs and a .355 OBP

“We have to make a decision,” Jocketty said. “We’re not at that point yet. We’ll see and evaluate the situation and whether he can help us now or not.”

Matthews Jr. was signed to a Minor League deal on June 24, not long after he was released by the Mets. The Reds have a crowded outfield already with Drew Stubbs in center field and Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix and Chris Heisey.



Reds liked Isringhausen, offer coming

Free agent reliever Jason Isringhausen pitched in the bullpen Tuesday for the Reds with GM Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Bryan Price among those who watched. Jocketty liked what he saw enough that he’s planning to make an offer for the 37-year-old former closer.

“He looked good. He’s a long ways from being able to pitch in a game,” Jocketty said. “But he looked good, and just after looking at him, he looked like he’s healthy. He’s going to have to go out and pitch for a while. I’ve got a call into his agent to talk to him and see what happens.”

Isringhausen pitched for Jocketty with the Cardinals from 2002-08 and notched 217 saves.

“I’d anticipate hes pleased with how well he threw in front of the staff,” Price said. “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. He threw like almost 40 pitches, 35-38 pitches. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready, four or five minutes of catch and then he was getting after it. He looked very healthy to me.”

Reds looking at Isringhausen?

I’m back on the case after an extended All-Star break.

Former All-Star reliever and free agent Jason Isringhausen told radio station KFNS in St. Louis that he is scheduled to throw for GM Walt Jocketty and the Reds this week.

Isringhausen last pitched in the Majors for the Rays in June 2009 before his elbow blew out and he had Tommy John surgery. Jocketty is very familiar with the ex-closer because he had him with the Cardinals from 2002-08 (including the World Series winning 2006 season) as he posted 217 saves with a 2.98 ERA. He told the radio station he’d likely need a couple of weeks in the Minors before he’d be ready for the big leagues again.

The Reds just signed former Cardinals reliever Russ Springer on Thursday. It’s clear Jocketty wants to supplement the bullpen but perhaps this is a sign the prices are too high for Cincinnati to trade for a reliever as the deadline nears.

UPDATE at 5 pm. —  Jocketty told me this afternoon that the signing of Springer and the upcoming look at Isringhausen is a reflection of what he’s seeing lately out there in terms of relievers and bullpen help.

“There’s not a lot available on the market,” Jocketty said. “I know these guys. I know what they can do if they’re healthy and still able to perform at the level they were. They’ve been through it. They know what it’s all about. It fits in a little bit with our plan.”

Isringhausen will throw for the Reds in the “next day or so,” Jocketty said.

“He requested an opportunity to throw for us and I honored that request. He says he’s fully recovered and ready to go. We’ll see. If he’s healthy and can still pitch, he might be able to help us. But I think he’ll have to go out and pitch a while [in the minors] if we’re interested.”

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