Bell, Puig begin serving suspensions

Bench coach Benavides, Winker fill in; Greene undergoes successful TJ surgery

April 9th, 2019

CINCINNATI -- With Reds right fielder immediately serving his two-game suspension for his actions in Sunday’s bench-clearing fracas vs. the Pirates, his club is shorthanded for a couple of days -- especially in the outfield.

started in right field vs. the Marlins on Tuesday, with in left and in center. That will likely be the setup on Wednesday as well. Because the Reds can’t call up a player to replace Puig under the rules, they will play with 24 on their roster.

That also makes reliever Cincinnati’s fourth outfielder in case something happens with the other three.

“We won't force the issue, and he'll still be available for us as a pitcher tonight, first and foremost,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Now viewed as a two-way player, Lorenzen appeared in the final two innings in center field vs. the Pirates on March 28, and he has also twice appeared as a pinch-runner entering the night. He became the first player in club history who is primarily a pitcher to appear in each of the Reds’ first six games.

Bell was also handed a one-game suspension for his actions in Sunday’s incident and he served his punishment from Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Cincinnati was managed by bench coach Freddie Benavides vs. Miami. Bell planned to watch the game in a suite upstairs at Great American Ball Park.

“I'll get it over with tonight. Hopefully it's not any more of a distraction, and hopefully at some point this can be re-evaluated in the future,” Bell said. “I certainly want to be out there. I'll be with the team up until game time.”

Players involved in fatal car accident honored

During pregame ceremonies on Tuesday, the Reds welcomed two Dominican Summer League players, outfielder Emilio Garcia and pitcher Raul Hernandez, and the family members of the late Jairo Capellan, a pitcher for that affiliate.

On Nov. 3, 2018, outside the Dominican city of Boca Chica, the three 19-year-old players were involved in a grisly car accident that killed Capellan and seriously injured Garcia and Hernandez. In addition to paying tribute to Capellan, the club recognized the rehabilitation efforts made by Garcia and Hernandez and more than two dozen baseball operations and medical staff members.

At the end of the ceremony, Garcia, Hernandez and Capellan’s father, David, threw ceremonial first pitches.

Greene undergoes TJ surgery

Reds No. 3 prospect Hunter Greene underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. No immediate timetable was available for when the right-hander would return, but it will likely be sometime during the 2020 season.

Greene was trying to rehab a UCL sprain from last season while with Class A Dayton, and he suffered a setback during extended spring training. Tests then revealed a new and more serious tear of the ligament.