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Reds’ newest bullpen member is Nick Christiani; replaces Jonathan Broxton

Right-handed reliever Nick Christiani, who has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Louisville, was told late Thursday morning when Bats manager Jim Riggleman told him he was going to the major leagues to pitch for the Reds.

He was getting his first promotion after the Reds placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list with flexor mass strain in his right forearm.

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Christiani was 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 15 walks and 48 strikeouts in 47 games this season for Louisville. Over his last 17 appearances, the 26-year-old had a 2.79 ERA. Of his 23 inherited runners, only three scored.

Christiani made his major league debut Friday night vs. the Milwaukee Brewers pitching 1 1/3 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

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.

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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.

Reds talking new contract with Broxton as closer; move would allow Chapman to start


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There are rumors out of Cincinnati that the Reds have had substantial contract talks about retaining reliever Jonathan Broxton with a multiyear deal.

If the Reds can sign him, they’ll be able to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Homer Bailey.

The Reds acquired Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in the July trading deadline. He was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and saved four games in six opportunities for the NL Central Division Championship team.

Broxton is also talking to other teams to find a good fit, but he is giving the Reds the first opportunity to sign him.

Reds rookie Mesoraco suspended, put on 7-day DL for concussion symptoms


Cincinnati Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco had planned to appeal his three-game suspension for making contact with an umpire during an argument on Monday night. He was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount Wednesday by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire.

But it seems that he’ll be missing some games anyway as a precaution.

Mesoraco was placed on the seven-day disabled list for concussions before Wednesday night’s game against San Diego.

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The Reds were busy with other roster moves as well. Cincinnati  optioned right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A Louisville and called up catcher Dioner Navarro from its top farm club. Newly acquired reliever Jonathan Broxton, obtained in a trade Tuesday with Kansas City, was also added to the active roster.

Redmond was recalled Tuesday from Louisville when left-hander Bill Bray went on the 15-day disabled list with back problems. Redmond has been called up to the majors three times this season but is yet to make his big league debut.

Navarro, signed in January by the Reds as a minor league free agent, has spent the year with the Louisville Bats, where he was an All-Star in the International League. He was hitting .330 with four home runs and 27 RBIs in 57 games.

Mesoraco was injured in a collision with San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin at home plate in the second inning of Monday night’s 11-5 loss to the Padres. The catcher was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Before leaving the field, he pointed a finger at plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s chest protector and bumped him.

Once he comes off the DL, Mesoraco will be allowed to play until his appeal is heard.


Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news



2010 MLB ALL-STAR GAME: National League 2 American League 1

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

The American League All-Stars have dominated baseball’s mid-summer classic since 1996, putting together a 12-0-1 record the past 13 years.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said all along that he was going to play to win the 2010 game and end the drought. His substitute players led the team to victory.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, hit a three-run double off Chicago’s Matt Thornton with  two out in the seventh inning for a 3-1 win at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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The win gives the National League home field advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2003.

Phil Hughes, one of eight Yankees on the American League team, started the seventh inning and ended up the loser.

Cincinnati Reds 3b Scott Rolen and St. Louis’ Matt Halliday hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners on first and third. Thornton came on in relief of Hughes and got Arizona D-Backs outfielder Chris Young to pop up. But, Thornton loaded the bases by walking crosstown rival Marlon Byrd of the Cubs.

McCann, playing in his fifth All-Star Game, fouled off some pitches and took a few close ones before hitting a fastball for a double to right, clearing the bases.

Washington’s Matt Capps, who recorded one out in the sixth inning, was the winning pitcher. McCann was named the game’s MVP.

Dodgers’ right-handed closer Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for the save. He was helped out of a jam by a very strong throw from right-fielder Marlon Byrd to force Boston’s David Ortiz at second base on a looping liner by John Buck of Toronto for the second out.