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Hoover called up by Cincinnati Reds; Bray to disabled list


J.J. Hoover (courtesy of

The Cincinnati Reds have placed left-handed reliever Bill Bray on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and have brought up right-handed J.J. Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.

Bray’s stint on the DL is retroactive to April 19. The injury is the same area that he hurt in Spring Training. He re-injured it against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 18.

Bray only pitched 3.2 innings in four games in the spring.

Hoover, who is wearing #60, and this will be his major league debut stint in the big leagues, was acquired in an April 1 trade that sent third baseman Juan Francisco to the Braves, had a 2.00 ERA  with four saves in eight games totaling nine innings. He struck out 17.

Pitching for Louisville, Hoover was the closer and was very tough on left-handed hitters, 0-for-14, allowing one walk and seven strikeouts and a .103 batting average.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats, Radio & TV news

Minor League callups can be costly; Reds spare expense


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The Cincinnati Reds are a small-market team, with a low payroll and they’re out of the Central Division race. But they spared no expense when it came to calling up several of their top prospects from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds brought up Yonder Alonso, Jared Burton, Carlos Fisher, Matt Maloney, Edinson Volquez, Devin Mesoroco, Juan Francisco & Chris Valaika.

Bringing up players is not cheap at all. They get paid for a month at a big league minimum. To add it up, that’s about $70,000 per player. And that total does not include the cost of travel or the stripping the Louisville Bats roster.

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The Reds covered the Bats with players from Double-A Carolina to play the final games in Louisville’s season.

The Reds have been accused over the years of being cheap. But in the Bob Castellini/ Walt Jocketty era, they’ve spent money to upgrade the team.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

Reds Rolen out 4-6 weeks after shoulder surgery


Reds 3B Scott Rolen (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen on Wednesday had a much-needed surgery on his left shoulder which will put him out of action for four to six weeks.

Rolen, who has been on the disabled list since July 22, had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs and fragments from a joint in his shoulder.

Rolen, one of the veteran leaders on the Reds, was hitting .242 with five homers and 36 RBI’s in 65 games this year.

The Reds have been getting by playing Miguel Cairo and Todd Frazier at third base during Rolen’s absence. In the future, they’ll be getting Juan Francisco, who will starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee.


compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Vidal turns on muscle; homers twice, drives in 7 in 14-4 win over Ft. Wayne

David Vidal (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

David Vidal belted two home runs and tied a club record with seven runs batted in to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 14-4 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Thursday night in Indiana.

The Dragons established season highs in hits (18), runs, and margin of victory in the game.

The Dragons are 34-33 on the season.

Vidal tied a club record also held by Adam Dunn (2000), Joey Votto (2004) and Juan Francisco (2007). Ironically, he tied the record in the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. Vidal had a two-run home run, three-run home-run and RBI double earlier in the game.

Dominic D’Anna was 4 for 6 for Dayton, becoming the first player on the team this season to collect four hits in a game. Donald Lutz contributed three hits and three runs batted in.

Dragons starting pitcher Stalin Gerson (1-0) picked up the win in his second Midwest League start. He pitched five innings, allowing six hits and one run with no walks and four strikeouts.


Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Reds activate Francisco from DL; options him to Louisville


Juan Francisco (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds have activated third baseman Juan Francisco from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville.

Francisco went on the disabled list on April 18 because of a strained left calf. He hit .211 in nine games before he was injured, starting three times at third base.

Francisco was six games into a rehab stint at Louisville when the Reds decided to make the move.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

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