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Reds acquire backup SS Valdez in trade with Phillies


The Cincinnati Reds have always known that Wilson Valdez is a smooth-fielding shortstop but they also found out that he could pitch a little bit as well.

On May 25, 2011 at Philadelphia, the Reds lost 5-4 in 19 innings to the Phillies, Valdez was moved from second base to the pitcher’s mound by his manager Charlie Manuel. He went on to pitch a one-walk, scoreless 19th inning to get the win. Before that outing, he had never pitched in a professional game.

The win by Valdez was the first for a position player in the Major Leagues since Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne beat the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2000. The last player to start a game in the field and earn a win was Babe Ruth for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1921.

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The Reds now have the 33-year-old Valdez on their side.

On Wednesday, he was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati with the Phillies getting lefty reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has played in 342 career games in the big leagues with the White Sox, Seattle, San Diego, the Dodgers and Phillies and has played 190 at shortstop and has a .980 fielding percentage.

The past two seasons with Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic native batted .249 with one homer and 30 RBI’s and has the nack for coming up with clutch hits in his career.

The Reds outrighted Horst off of their roster on December 5, had a 2.93 ERA in 12 major league games in several stints with the team in 2011.



Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news


Mesoraco becomes 52nd former Dayton Dragons player to reach the majors


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Devin Mesoraco, a member of the 2008 Dayton Dragons, made his Major League debut for the Cincinnati Reds earlier in September.

Mesoraco became the 52nd former Dragons player to reach the big leagues. He collected a double in his very first at bat.

Mesoraco appeared in 83 games for the Dragons in 2008, hitting .261 with nine homers and 42 RBI’s. He was just 19 years old when he joined Dayton after being selected with the Cincinnati Reds’ first round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Several former Dragons players have made their MLB debuts this season: Todd Frazier, Jeremy Hurst, Zack Cozart and Dave Sappelt with the Reds and Zach Stewart with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Sappelt becomes 51st Dayton Dragons alumni to reach the majors


Dave Sappelt (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

Dave Sappelt, a 2009 member of the Dayton Dragons baseball team, made his Major League debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In doing so, he became the 51st former Dragons player to reach the Major Leagues.

In the Reds come-from-behind win over the Cubs, 8-7, Sappelt was 1-for-5 with a run scored, 1 hit and 1 strikeout. He put the ball in play in every at bat except one.

Sappelt in 74 games for the Dragons in 2009, hitting .269 with three homers, 25 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.

He joins other former Dragons who have made their MLB debut this year with the Reds, Todd Frazier, Jeremy Horst and Zack Cozart.


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Reds move Rolen to DL, option Horst; Frazier, Arredondo added to roster


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The Cincinnati Reds have placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained left shoulder.

Infielder Todd Frazier was called-up from Triple-A Louisville to take Rolen’s roster spot. Frazier played one game for the Reds earlier in the year, May 23 at Philadelphia.

Rolen is on the DL for the second time with left shoulder problems.

Also on Friday, the Reds took right-hander Jose Arredondo from the 15-day disabled list and optioned lefty Jeremy Horst to Louisville.

Arredondo had been out of action since July 7 with a strained right forearm.


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Reds activate flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman, option Horst

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The Cincinnati Reds have activated left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list and have optioned promising pitcher Jeremy Horst to Triple-A Louisville.

Chapman had been on the DL since May 16 with left shoulder inflammation. Before the injury, he was 2-0 with a 6.92 ERA in 16 relief appearances.

Horst pitched very well as a rookie in five games for the Reds since joining the team on May 28.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

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