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Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati Reds.’

Reds announce roster moves involving Dennick, Smith & Villarreal

(courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have made some roster moves involving their bullpen in the past few days.

On Monday, they recalled right-hander Josh Smith.

Smith, who did not get into a game after he was called up, was not on the 40-man roster prior to the promotion. By rule, the club could not have called up a player on the 40-man roster without a disabled list move until 10 days into the season, which was Wednesday, April 14. Smith, a starting pitcher was on hand to pitch in long relief if he was needed.

On Wednesday,  right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Smith was optioned back to AAA to make room on the roster.

In another move, lefty reliever Ryan Dennick was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. Dennick, who had an 11.57 ERA in eight games for Cincinnati last season, was designated for assignment Monday. The Reds had 10 days to trade, release or if he passed through waivers, be sent back to the minors.

Villarreal pitched in 12 games for the Reds last season with solid results. Eventhough he had a 4.30 ERA, all 11 of his inherited baserunners were stranded.

Trying to win a bullpen spot in Spring Training, Villarreal ran into some tough luck. He posted a 13.00 ERA in eight appearances, with 13 runs and 17 hits allowed, including three homers.

Hamilton uses speed but Seattle rallies past the Reds, 6-5

New Cincinnati Reds lead-off hitter Billy Hamilton has been the talk of the spring. Can he takeover for the Shin-Soo Choo, who left through free agency for the Texas Rangers in the off-season. Or will he have trouble hitting major league pitching?

Hamilton had a bunt single and stole another base in a 6-5 Reds loss to the Seattle Mariners in Glendale, Arizona.

The rookie outfielder started the Reds four-run third inning rally with a bunt single.

Billy Hamilton (courtesy Dayton Dragons)

The other Reds star of the game was Alfredo Simon. Usually a bullpen specialist for Cincinnati, Simon has been pressed into a starting pitcher this spring while Mat Latos recovers from a surgical procedure. Simon pitched three innings.

 

Reds get bullpen ready for September run by adding LHP Zach Duke

Zach Duke with Pirates in 2006 (photo by Rudi riet via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds are getting ready for the September stretch run by adding depth to the relief corps. The Reds have purchased the Triple-A contract of left-hander Zach Duke and sending right-handed rookie Nick Christiani back to Louisville, just ahead of Saturday’s Waiver Trade Deadline. To make room on the 40-man roster for Duke, the Reds designated right-handed pitcher Justin Freeman for assignment.

They have 10 days to trade, demote or release Freeman.

This move gives the Reds a more balanced bullpen. The Reds now have three  left-handers: Duke, Manny Parra and closer Aroldis Chapman.

The move also makes Duke eligible for the playoffs.

Duke, who is 30 years old, struggled with the Washington Nationals in the first few months of the season, posting an 8.71 ERA in 12 games and 20 2/3 innings before his June 10 release. He was a starter for the first six years of his big league career in Pittsburgh, then was used primarily in relief in Arizona in 2011 and with Washington in 2012, when he posted a 1.32 ERA in eight games before faltering this year.

Duke pitched very well with Triple-A Louisville,  going 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 26 games spanning 27 2/3 innings. He gave up only five walks while striking out 34.

He has a 50-75 won-loss record with an ERA of 4.64 and has struck out 558 batters.

Reds setup man Jonathan Broxton undergoes season-ending forearm surgery

Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton had season-ending surgery on Friday August 23 to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm. Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the operation.

Broxton’s rehabilitation is expected to take approximately six months. He will be ready for the start of Spring Training in 2014.

Jonathan Broxton (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Broxton came out of Wednesday’s game when he felt something pull apart in his forearm while pitching in the eighth inning vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In a shortened season covering 34 games, Broxton was 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings. He’s allowed 27 hits and walked 12. He was on the disbaled list from June 15-Aug. 9 because of a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.

Five MLB teams in running for services of Cuban Alexander Guerrero

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

There are reports on the radio and in other media reports that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero has interest in him from five Major League Baseball teams.

The teams are the Dodgers, Twins, Red Sox and Braves.

The fifth team could be the Cincinnati Reds due to the fact that they signed closer Aroldis Chapman, another Cuban defector. Guerrero is likely to sign where he is comfortable.

The 26-year-old is said to be after a five-to-seven-year deal for his services.

Guerrero defected earlier this year and currently is working out in the Dominican Republic.

In order for him to gain entrance to the United States, Guerrero will have to be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assests Control and then he can sign with any MLB team.

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