Sunday, June 10, 2012

Injury updates, All Stars, and other notes

- Drew Stubbs will likely be out of the lineup for at least a few more days due to a strained oblique. The team is reluctant to put their center fielder on the disabled list after he was injured when swinging at a pitch last Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Stubbs experienced some tenderness after a workout on Saturday, but is confident he'll be back sooner rather than later. The off-day on Monday will help.

- Scott Rolen (left shoulder) took batting practice and fielded grounders before Saturday's game versus Detroit. He's been on the disabled list since May 12th with soreness in his left shoulder. There's still no timetable for his return.

- Bill Bray threw one inning of relief last night for Single-A Dayton as part of a rehab assignment. He's scheduled to throw another on Monday. The left-hander has been sidelined with a left groin injury since late-April.

- Pitching prospect Brian Pearl is tearing it up as Single-A Bakersfield's closer. Check out this feature story written by Chris Martinez on the young right-hander.

- The elusive Billy Hamilton has been tabbed a starter for the California League All-Star team, which butts heads with the Carolina League squad on June 19th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at BB&T Park. The Blaze shortstop leads all of pro baseball in stolen bases (69) and is currently hitting .318 with a .404 OBP.

- Teammate Josh Smith earned California League Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA this past week.

- Seven members of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos were named to the Southern League's South Division All-Star team on Friday. Those players are RHP Daniel Corcino, RHP J.C. Sulbaran, LHP Donnie Joseph, INF Didi Gregorius, INF Joel Guzman, INF Henry Rodriguez and OF Ryan LaMarre. Their squad will take on the North Division team on June 19th at Smokies Park in Kodak, Tennessee. LINK.

- The Reds starting rotation has been comprised of the same five pitchers this season through 57 games. It's the longest such streak to open a season since 1992. The Marlins, Cardinals, and Mariners are the only other teams in 2012 to have used the same five starting pitchers.

- Saturday's clash with the Tigers marked the second straight sell out crowd at GABP. It's the fifth this season and 70th overall in Great American Ball Park history.

And all is well that ends well. Have a great Sunday everyone.

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