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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 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 (megasportsnews.com 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

 

 

Guerrero asks, gets release from minor league contract with Blue Jays

 

Vladimir Guerrero (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Vladimir Guerrero is trying to get back to the major leagues and was playing well at Triple-A with the Las Vegas 51′s of the Pacific Coast League.

The veteran outfielder/DH was hitting .303 in eight games.

But the 37-year-old pulled a shocker. He asked for and received his release by the Toronto Blue Jays.

There was no word to why the nine-time All-Star who has played for Montreal, the LA Angels, Texas and Baltimore, on why he wanted to be released.

There is no doubt that Guerrero can still hit. In 2010, he hit .290 in 145 games with the Orioles.

 

Info compiled from Toronto Blue Jays, Radio & TV news

Mark Prior making comeback with Triple-A Pawtucket

 

Mark Prior with Cubs (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

When Mark Prior was pitching in the early days of his career, he was very dominant and teammed with Kerry Wood to form a great one-two punch at the top of the Chicago Cubs pitching rotation.

Then multiple injuries set in.

He was a 2003 National League All-Star and from 2002-2006 with the Cubs, overall he was a respectable 42-29 record, with a 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts.

Now 31-years-old and six years after last pitching in the major leagues, Prior has been promoted to Pawtucket, the Boston Red Sox’ Triple-A team.

Prior was the second overall pick of the Cubs in the 2001 amateur draft. He was third in the NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003 with a record of 18-6 and an ERA of 2.43.

 

Info compiled from Pawtucket PawSox, Radio & TV news

Reds activate Cairo from DL; send Harris to Triple-AAA Louisville

 

Willie Harris on Sunday traveled from Pittsburgh with the rest of his teammates as they headed to Milwaukee. But on Monday, instead of getting ready to play the Brewers, Harris had to get ready to board another plane and head towards Louisville where the Bats are playing the Norfolk Tides. That’s the life of a MLB utilityman, majors one day, minors another or released.

Miguel Cairo is back to help the Reds bench (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The move was needed to make room for Miguel Cairo’s activation from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, the Reds sent Willie Harris outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Willie Harris (Photo by Jason Wise of Getty Images for MLBpressbox.com)

Harris, who has 72 hours to report to Louisville, was batting .086 (3-for-35) on the season. His main job was to be the only left-handed pitch-hitter. He was signed to a Minor League deal in January and made the team out of Spring Training.

The 38-year-old Cairo went on the DL on April 17 because of a strained left hamstring. He played three games on a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton, going 0-for-10 with two strikeouts. Cairo is very valuable as a utilityman as he can play 3B, SS, 2B, 1B and the outfield if need be.

Another player who was in the mix to go back to Louisville, Todd Frazier, who is right-handed and was called up from Louisville after Cairo went to the disabled list, did not have to worry about a demotion after batting .389 (7-for-18) in his 10 games.

With Harris gone, the Reds have no left-handed  hitters off the bench.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

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