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Price on rough start: 'Find a way to persevere'

Manager focused on team, not job security speculation; Suarez's return could be sooner than thought
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PHILADELPHIA -- Bryan Price is aware that, with the Reds' 2-8 start, there is plenty of speculation about his job security.

The fifth-year manager is ignoring it.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bryan Price is aware that, with the Reds' 2-8 start, there is plenty of speculation about his job security.

The fifth-year manager is ignoring it.

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"Truthfully, I don't read it. I anticipated that. I know it goes with the business," Price said Wednesday prior to the finale of a three-game set in Philadelphia. "All it can do is make my life harder if I allow it to influence me. As you guys know, I will always do the best I am capable of, and that will either be enough or it won't.

"Getting caught up on if I'll still be here or not, I don't have any control over that. Those are decisions made over my head. I'm going to keep the guys optimistic and playing hard. They've done that, and we'll do the best that we can."

Price, 55, was hired by the Reds ahead of the 2014 season. He is 278-380 in his four-plus seasons in Cincinnati, and the team has never finished above fourth place in the National League Central under Price.

The Reds have won just twice in their first 10 games in 2018, and they carried baseball's worst team ERA (6.04) and the National League's second-worst runs-per-game mark (3.1) into Wednesday night's game.

Injuries have already piled up for the Reds. They had eight players on the disabled list as of Wednesday, including starting third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who fractured his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

"There are a lot of teams who are going through similar things as far as overall health," Price said. "You have to find a way to persevere."

Suarez's return timetable 
Suarez's fractured right thumb might not keep him sidelined as long as the Reds initially feared, Price said Wednesday.

Suarez suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch on Sunday against the Pirates. But the Reds' starting third baseman could be back in less than a month, Price said.

Video: CIN@PIT: Suarez gets hit in the hand, exits game

"I think the initial thought was that it was going to be several weeks, and I think it's going to be shorter than that," Price said. "I think it has a chance to be less than a month. I don't think that's just being optimistic, that's from early reports."

Last season, Suarez had a slash line of .260/.367/.461 and hit 26 homers while driving in 82 runs. The 26-year-old from Venezuela had a .296 average and 1.054 OPS through eight games in 2018 before the injury.

The Reds called up Alex Blandino when Suarez hit the disabled list. The team is planning on using a rotation of Blandino, Cliff Pennington and Phil Gosselin at third base in Suarez's absence.

"I think he still has a fair ways to go before he can do any real baseball activity," Price said of Suarez. "But I think we're all optimistic that it's not going to be as long as it initially might be."

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com.

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