Friday, August 15, 2014

Everything you need to know about recent Reds news in one post

For the middle of August, the last week or so has produced more than its fair share of news related to the Reds. With that in mind, summer vacations, the return of school for the kids, and life in general has probably kept you from keeping up with all of the latest happenings around Reds Country. So here is my attempt at rounding up the most notable nuggets to keep you up to speed.

Brandon Phillips is set to take the field for an actual game for the first time since undergoing left thumb surgery on July 11. That's the good news. The bad news is he won't be suiting up and playing second base for the Redlegs. He will be donning the Triple-A uniform of the Louisville Bats as they play host to the Indianapolis Indians at Louisville Slugger Field on Friday. If all goes well this weekend, Phillips could be back with the big club as soon as Monday when Cincinnati is in St. Louis.

+ Speaking of the Bats, they're planning to honor franchise favorite Corky Miller on August 31 as part of Corky Miller Night at the ballpark. The team is planning to retire Corky's No. 8 jersey on the outfield wall as part of pre-game ceremonies. Well deserved.

+ While one key player seems to be on his way to getting healthy, another player is hitting the disabled list. Homer Bailey is heading to the sidelines due to a strained flexor mass tendon. It's the same injury Mat Latos suffered in spring training and the one that caused Jonathan Broxton to undergo surgery last year. A corresponding 25-man roster move had not been made yet at the time of this writing.

+ Meanwhile, mum is the word on the status of Joey Votto. The All-Star first basemen has virtually vanished like a ghost since succumbing to injury in early-July (left quad). His absence has been felt hard by a club constantly struggling to generate offense. Unfortunately, there is nothing to suggest Votto will be playing baseball for the Reds anytime soon (and maybe for the remainder of the season). [insert sad face here]

+ Entering play on Friday, Bryan Price's club sat 6.5 games back of the Brewers for first place in the National League Central. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Pirates remain 2 and 2.5 games back, respectively. If the Reds are going to work a miracle and get back to the postseason, it seems as though they will have to do it via the Wild Card. They are currently tied with Miami being 4 games out with Atlanta (3) and San Francisco (.5) standing in between them. With just 41 games left, the Reds are going to have to stop treading water and string together some wins if they want to make a run. However, the odds of such a run occurring seem slim considering how injuries have decimated the roster. Needless to say, it's been a year where first-year skipper Bryan Price has developed some gray hairs.

+ Recently signed Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias has obtained the necessary documentation needed to work in the United States and has been optioned to the AZL Reds. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the right-hander. Expectations are obviously quite big for Iglesias after signing a long-term contract with the Reds as an amateur free agent. If he pans out anywhere near as well as Aroldis Chapman has, this will turn out to be an excellent deal.

+ Speaking of Chapman, Keith Law of recently tabbed the southpaw as having the best fastball in the league. No arguments here.

+ Billy Hamilton remains in the driver's seat for National League Rookie of the Year honors. But Matt Snyder of CBS Sports suggests he better break out of this August funk he's been mired in.

+ ICYMI, Rob Manfred was elected as the new commissioner of Major League Baseball on Thursday. He will replace Bud Selig in January and become the 10th such person to hold the position in history. Could Manfred be the guy responsible for lifting the lifetime ban on Pete Rose? We shall see.

Have a great weekend, guys. Maybe the Reds can do some damage at Coors Field over the next few days. If not, they will have a chance to gain serious ground on two teams they're chasing with the Cardinals and Braves next week.

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