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Gennett moves to next step of rehab process

@m_sheldon
1:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- Injured Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has been taking ground balls during batting practice the last few days in the latest advancement of his rehab from a severe right groin strain. On Saturday, Gennett took routine grounders hit to him by bench coach Freddie Benavides. So far, there

Reds drop seesaw slugfest at Wrigley

Barnhart, Puig, Dietrich all crank blasts as another tight loss strikes
@m_sheldon
May 25, 2019

CHICAGO -- All five meetings in 2019 between the Reds and Cubs have been tight -- and all decided by two runs or less. On Saturday at Wrigley Field, with a stiff wind blowing towards right field, the Cubs emerged to hand the Reds an 8-6 loss with David Bote’s

Rotation notes: Wood, DH starters, DeSclafani

Castillo to start Game 1 of Memorial Day DH, Gray for Game 2
@m_sheldon
May 25, 2019

CHICAGO -- Reds' injured left-handed starter Alex Wood could see his time of desert isolation end soon. Wood, who has not pitched all season because of lower back spasms, has been rehabbing at the team complex in Goodyear, Ariz. “We’re trying to find a day soon for him to come

Saturday's top prospect performers

@GoldenSombrero
May 25, 2019

Here's a look at Saturday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Suarez's clutch jack in 9th caps Reds' comeback

@m_sheldon
May 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- As Reds third baseman Eugenio Suárez watched the ball leave his bat in the top of the ninth inning and clear the fence in left-center field, giving his team a big 6-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday, Jesse Winker was on-deck watching Suarez and

Reds recall reliever Bowman, option OF Ervin

@m_sheldon
May 24, 2019

CHICAGO -- With right fielder Yasiel Puig back in the Reds’ lineup Friday vs. the Cubs after he missed two games with a right shoulder injury, the club decided to option backup outfielder Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville and recall right-handed reliever Matt Bowman. The move returned Cincinnati to an

Reds/PNC host 10th annual e-waste drive

Annual recycling drive generates strong community support
May 24, 2019

CINCINNATI -- For the 10th consecutive year, PNC, the Cincinnati Reds and Cohen Recycling teamed up for the PNC/Reds E-Waste Recycling Drive. From May 16-18, behind the efforts of these three local powerhouses, and with the support of several other of Cincinnati’s leading corporations, Reds fans and Greater Cincinnati residents

One key number for each NL Central team

@adamdberry
May 23, 2019

Ultimately, every team is judged by one number in the win column. Anyone can look at that number and take an educated guess at whether it was a good season, a failure or somewhere in between. The National League Central is competitive and will remain so all year. We can

Here's the latest mock draft for the full 1st round

@JonathanMayo
May 23, 2019

Who will go first in the 2019 MLB Draft? Nearly all scouting directors not picking No. 1 overall believe that Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman is the obvious best choice for the pick. And most believe he will end up being taken by Baltimore. But there’s still an alternative narrative:

Pitching duel turns into a battle of bats

May 22, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- If you've been a baseball fan long enough, you know to expect the unexpected. So a day after the Reds made three first-inning runs stand in their seventh shutout of the season, only in baseball could it make sense when the very next day, nine runs behind one

Here are all 30 clubs' reps for the 2019 Draft

May 23, 2019

Eighteen former Major League All-Stars — including three Hall of Famers, two Most Valuable Players, two batting champions and two Cy Young Award winners — are among the baseball luminaries scheduled to represent the 30 clubs at Major League Baseball’s 2019 Draft, it was announced Thursday. Amateur players who will

Gennett travels with Reds, not close to return

Duke lands on injured list; Puig held out vs. Milwaukee
May 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- He still has plenty of work to do before returning to action, but just getting on the Reds' team charter and joining the team for a trip to face National League Central rivals in Milwaukee and Chicago marked a significant sign of progress for Scooter Gennett. "This is

Inbox: How might Reds approach Deadline?

Beat reporter Mark Sheldon answers questions from Cincinnati fans
@m_sheldon
May 20, 2019

**With the injury and release of Matt Kemp since coming over from the Dodgers, what is the potential trade value for Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood, should the Reds opt to sell in July? I hope they are not in that position to sell, but it seems it would take

Sonny Gray leads Reds to MLB-high 7th shutout

Reds score 3 in 1st inning to back right-hander
May 22, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Before Tuesday night, Sonny Gray’s first season in Cincinnati hadn’t exactly gone the way he, or the Reds, had hoped. Gray was winless in his first nine starts and had a 4.30 ERA. But against the Brewers, the right-hander offered a glimpse of what once made him one

Puig earns Play of Week with foul catch

@_dadler
May 20, 2019

Yasiel Puig's sensational catch against his former team Sunday earned the Reds outfielder the Play of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. In Cincinnati's series finale against the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park, Puig leaped high above the side wall along the right-field line and reached

Roark to Bell: 'No, I didn't want to come out' 

Reds starter lifted for pinch-hitter in 5th; bats struggle against dominant Ryu
@m_sheldon
May 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Although the final score showed an 8-3 Reds loss to the Dodgers on Sunday, starting pitcher Tanner Roark still felt very much alive in the game after completing the top of the fifth inning with two strikeouts. However, manager David Bell chose to lift Roark for pinch-hitter Phillip

Puig crashes into wall on great grab, later exits

Right fielder day to day with sprained right shoulder
@m_sheldon
May 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- One of the precious few good moments the Reds had during Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Dodgers ended up having some negative consequences. In the top of the sixth inning, right fielder Yasiel Puig made a fantastic leaping catch in foul territory. But the impact of landing on

With Reds facing lefties, Bell opts for Casali

Manager says Barnhart will still get majority of playing time
@m_sheldon
May 19, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Reds backup catcher Curt Casali has been getting more starts of late -- Sunday marked the fourth start over a seven-game stretch. Although regular catcher Tucker Barnhart has yet to get going offensively while Casali has been solid hitting when given opportunities, manager David Bell maintained there was

The toughest guy to strike out on every team

@williamfleitch
May 19, 2019

The world of baseball has embraced the strikeout in a way that is sometimes obsessive: For the second consecutive year, we’re on pace for more strikeouts than hits. Even the best hitters in baseball don’t sweat the strikeouts anymore. It’s all part of the game. This ends up making those

Mahle, Reds’ bullpen combine to blank Dodgers

Hernandez, Garrett, Iglesias limit Dodgers to two hits over three innings out of 'pen
May 18, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Finally, Tyler Mahle was rewarded. Generally considered to have pitched well enough to win at least a couple of times this season, the Reds right-hander logged his first win on Saturday in a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers before a crowd of 31,156 -- the season’s second-largest showing

Puig joins Reds' Play Ball Takeover event

Reed optioned to Triple-A; Ervin recalled
May 18, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Yasiel Puig led the way for the Reds' Play Ball Community Takeover event on Saturday morning in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood. Puig joined members of the Reds Community Fund department led by director Charley Frank, club mascot Mr. Redlegs, organist John Schutte and the Reds Rally Pack in

Reds lack antidote to LA's left-handed bats

@m_sheldon
May 17, 2019

CINCINNATI -- The Reds’ rotation came into Friday with the third-best ERA in the National League without him, but if there were a time this season that they really needed Alex Wood, this weekend vs. the Dodgers is it. Wood, acquired from Los Angeles and one of three starting pitchers