Friday, May 9, 2014

A huge collection of Reds news and notes for the weekend

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Despite it being a slow week on the field, there has been a plethora of newsworthy notes about the Reds to surface this week and this post aims to compile them all into one place. So sit back, relax, and do your diligence in catching up with all of the Reds-related things you need to know.

+ The amount of injuries sustained by the Reds has been called "mind-numbing" by first-year skipper Bryan Price. The team has had 11 players spend time on the disabled list already in 2014 and that includes a whopping eight who currently still reside on it.

+ Devin Mesoraco is eligible to come off the list on Sunday, but it appears as though that isn't likely to happen. Mesoraco is rehabbing from a left hamstring strain, and although he has been hitting in the cage, he still cannot comfortably sprint and has been relegated to merely jogging instead.

+ The next step for Mat Latos in his road to recovery is to long toss from 220 feet or more. Latos has been sidelined with a strained flexor in his throwing arm. There's still no timetable for his return.

+ Anyone who has been watching the Reds lately knows that the bullpen needs some help. The cavalry could be arriving soon in the personnel of Aroldis Chapman. Despite two rough rehab outings with Triple-A Louisville, it is expected for the southpaw to be activated at some point this weekend.

+ Skip Schumaker is happy to finally be able to contribute to his new squad. The veteran recorded three hits and three RBI in the two-game series at Fenway Park. He's been helping to fill the void of the injured Billy Hamilton along with Chris Heisey.

+ With two off days sprinkled in during the week to go along with two losses in Boston, the Reds are searching for their first win in five days Friday night. With Johnny Cueto on the hill, I like Cincinnati's chances to come away with a victory in game one of the series against the Rockies.

+ Brandon Phillips apparently took some heat from fans on Twitter following Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox. And he was not afraid to dish it right back either.

+ David Clark of the Cincinnati Enquirer took some time to highlight three "Reds Killers" and three "Reds Anti-Killers" ahead of this weekend's series against Colorado. Not surprisingly, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have enjoyed success against the Redlegs in the past.

+ On Tuesday, MLB Network mic'd up Todd Frazier and caught this exchange between the Reds third basemen and Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield as the duo talked about fatherhood. How can you not like Frazier? The guy seems so humble and genuine.

+ John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer details an amazing piece of recently-discovered history in the form of old video footage from the infamous 1919 World Series. The video was unearthed beneath an old hockey rink in Dawson City, Canada and provides us with rare shots of one of the most fascinating times in the history of baseball. For those who may not be aware, the 1919 World Series is marred by the "Black Sox Scandal," which several members of the White Sox allegedly agreed to lose the series in exchange for receiving money from gamblers. Each also received a lifetime ban from baseball for their role in the despicable act of greed and conspiracy.

+ Lastly, the first 25,000 fans through the gates at Great American Ball Park on Saturday will receive the dual-head bobblehead of Homer Bailey pictured above. The figurine aims to celebrate the two no-hitters Bailey has thrown in recent years. If you're heading to the stadium this weekend, or anytime over the next week, Jamie Ramsey has a list full of homestand highlights you might be interested to read before going.

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