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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.

Devin Mesoraco ( photo)

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



Reds release veteran Jeff Francis from minor-league contract


When the Cincinnati Reds signed left-hander Jeff Francis to a minor-league contract back on January 25, it was to make sure there was a veteran arm needed if the starting staff needed help in case of injuries or lack of production. The starting pitchers have done their job all season and that’s why the Reds are leading the NL Central Division.

Francis on the other had has done a good job for a Louisville Bats team which has not played well all season. He has a 3-6 record in 12 starts with an ERA of 3.72, 65 strikeouts, 18 walks in 77.1 innings of pitching.

Jeff Francis with Kansas City in 2011 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

One day after throwing a complete-game shutout for Triple-A Louisville, veteran left-hander  Francis was released by the Reds on Monday, June 4 after choosing to exercise a June 1 opt-out clause in his Minor League contract.

Francis spent last season pitching for the Kansas City Royals, but his best years were in six seasons with the  Colorado Rockies, where he went 55-50 with three double-digit-win seasons.



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


Fisher clears waivers; Reds outright him to Louisville


Carlos Fisher (courtesy of

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that right-handed long-reliever Carlos Fisher has cleared waivers and was sent to outright to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds had designated Fisher for assignment on February 8 to make room for free-agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick.

Fisher spent most of 2011 with the Triple-A Louisville Bats, he did have four stints with the Reds. He was 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 17 games, losing all of his decisions during extra-innings games.

Fisher has been invited to Spring Training as a non-roster player.

The Reds have 57 players heading to training camp in Arizona.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Jackson new hitting coach at Louisville for 2012


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40-year-old Ryan Jackson will be entering his first season as the Louisville Bats hitting coach.

2012 will mark his sixth season in the Cincinnati Reds organization after spending the last three years as the hitting coach for the Carolina Mudcats.

Jackson played 11 years on the professional level including parts of four seasons at the major league level with Florida, Seattle and Detroit. He had a career average of .239 with 7 homers and 52 RBI’s.

He is a Duke University graduate.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds & Louisville Bats news



David Bell named manager for Reds’ AAA team in Louisville


The grandson and son of former major leaguers Gus Bell and Buddy Bell, David, has been named to succeed Rick Sweet as manager of the Louisville Bats.

The Bats are the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate. It’ll be the first time since 2004 that Rick Sweet will not be the manager of the Bats.

David Bell (courtesy of Carolina Mudcats)

Sweet, who is the all-time winningest manager in Louisville franchise history, will stay in the Reds’ organization. He has been named the catching coordinator of the Reds.

The 39-year-old Bell, was the manager at Double-A Carolina from 2009-2011 and had a record of 176-239. 2009 was his debut as a manager at any level.

Bell, who could play 2B, 3B and SS during his 12-year career, spent time with Cleveland, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.

Bell played for the Louisville Redbirds from 1995-1997 and is one of just four players in Louisville franchise history to hit for the cycle (single, double, triple & home run).


Info compiled from Louisville Bats & Cincinnati Reds news

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