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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins

Brewers attempt to end skid as new-look Reds arrive

August 5, 2022, 10:56 AM

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The Cincinnati Reds traded experienced players this week, adding another batch of youngsters and more discontent to a fan base that hasn't witnessed a playoff win in 10 years.

The departures opened the door for some new players to get a shot, however, and Jose Barrero is the first in line.

Barrero is expected to start at shortstop again on Friday night when the Reds open a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 24-year-old Cuba native was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and made his major league season debut that day in a 3-0 road loss to the Miami Marlins.

Barrero went 0-for-3 while batting eighth against All-Star right-hander Sandy Alcantara.

Barrero, who joined the Reds' organization as an international free agent in 2017, is due to receive plenty of playing time the rest of the season.

"Every player gets to a point, every good player, where I believe there's no real development left except at the major league level," Reds manager David Bell said. "The major league level brings out the best in a lot of young players, especially the good ones."

Barrero's 2022 debut came on the same day several former Reds had noteworthy performances across the majors.

Brandon Drury, who was traded to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with his new team.

Luis Castillo, who was dealt to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, started on Wednesday and allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn a victory against the New York Yankees.

Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos, all of whom departed Cincinnati in March, also hit home runs on Wednesday.

The Brewers homered twice on Thursday, but it wasn't enough in a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, who completed a three-game sweep. Milwaukee has dropped its past four games.

"It stinks," Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff said. "I don't know how we necessarily describe this week other than we haven't been playing good baseball."

Milwaukee plans to send left-hander Eric Lauer to the mound for the series opener against the Reds.

Lauer (7-3, 3.75 ERA) will look to win back-to-back starts for the first time since late May. He allowed one run and four hits in five innings during a 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

The 27-year-old is 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA in nine career appearances against the Reds, including eight starts.

His last victory before Saturday came against Cincinnati on June 17, when he allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings during a 5-4 win. He gave up three home runs in the game, but two players who took him deep, Tommy Pham and Drury, were traded by the Reds earlier this week.

The Brewers are still trying to adjust following the trade of All-Star closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Devin Williams, previously an All-Star setup man, gave up a walk-off solo home run to the Pirates' Bryan Reynolds on Wednesday, his first appearance since the Hader trade on Monday.

The homer ended Williams' streak of 30 appearances without allowing a run. He threw 28 2/3 shutout innings in that span.

Williams tossed a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday, but newly acquired Matt Bush gave up two runs in the 10th to take the loss.

Milwaukee catcher Omar Narvaez also suffered a quad injury on Wednesday and was placed on the 10-day injured list.

The Reds plan to start right-hander Robert Dugger (0-0, 4.50 ERA) in the series finale. Dugger has made two appearances for Cincinnati this year, both out of the bullpen.

He has faced the Brewers once in his career, as a starter on Sept. 9, 2019, when he was with the Miami Marlins. Dugger gave up two runs and four hits in three innings, taking an 8-3 loss.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Brewers place C Omar Narvaez (quad strain) on IL

August 4, 2022, 2:47 PM

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Milwaukee placed catcher Omar Narvaez on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a left quad strain.

The Brewers recalled backstop Mario Feliciano from Triple-A Nashville ahead of their afternoon game at Pittsburgh.

Narvaez, 30, is batting .237 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 60 games this season.

An All-Star in 2021, Narvaez is a career .263 hitter with 51 homers and 186 RBIs in 576 games with the Chicago White Sox (2016-18), Seattle Mariners (2019) and Brewers.

Feliciano, 23, made his MLB debut with Milwaukee last season and walked and scored a run in his only plate appearance. He is batting .288 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 58 games this season at Nashville.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

Brewers DFA Dinelson Lamet 2 days after acquiring him

August 3, 2022, 9:21 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers activated All-Star pitcher Freddy Peralta from the 60-day injured list and designated newly acquired right-hander Dinelson Lamet for assignment among a slew of moves Wednesday.

The Lamet move is curious, given that the Brewers just acquired him Monday in the trade that sent Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres.

"Dinelson has a good arm and was included in the trade to help balance out the deal," Brewers president of operations David Stearns said. "As subsequent transactions played out, the roster fit became a little tougher. We are hopeful we will be able to keep him in our system."

The Brewers acquired righties Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal on Tuesday ahead of the trade deadline.

Bush was added to the roster Wednesday. The club also recalled infielder Keston Hiura from Triple-A Nashville.

In addition to Lamet, catcher Pedro Severino was also designated for assignment. The Brewers also optioned Peter Strzelecki to Nashville.

Peralta, 26, hasn't pitched since May 22. He suffered a posterior strain in his right shoulder and has been on the IL since.

In eight starts this season, Peralta was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. In five seasons with the Brewers he is 29-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 106 appearances (58 starts). He made the All-Star team in 2021.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Bush, 36, is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 40 games (five starts) with the Texas Rangers this season. The Brewers acquired him Tuesday in exchange for infielder Mark Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.

Hiura, who turned 26 on Tuesday, is batting .238 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 43 games for the Brewers this season.

Severino, 29, was batting .222 in eight games this season, his first in Milwaukee. He's a career .235 hitter with 33 home runs and 134 RBIs for Washington (2015-18), Baltimore (2019-21) and the Brewers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Cincinnati Reds

Reports: Padres acquire INF Brandon Drury from Reds

August 2, 2022, 9:16 PM

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The San Diego Padres dealt for veteran infielder Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds before Tuesday's MLB trade deadline, multiple reports said.

Shortstop prospect Victor Acosta is headed to Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Drury, 29, is in his eighth MLB season and first with the Reds. Drury is batting .274 in 92 games and has already set career highs in home runs (20), OPS (.855) and runs (62). He's also recorded 22 doubles, 59 RBIs and 29 walks.

The Padres added Drury to a trade-deadline haul that included Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto, Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader.

The Padres entered Tuesday's action 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West but in possession of the second wild-card spot.

Acosta, 18, is the No. 6 prospect in the Padres' organization, according to MLB Pipeline. Acosta is batting .243 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 32 games in the rookie-level complex league.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds

Twins land RHP Tyler Mahle from Reds

August 2, 2022, 8:34 PM

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The first-place Minnesota Twins moved to bolster their starting rotation Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds will receive a package of prospects in return that includes infielders Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand, as well as left-hander Steven Hajjar.

Mahle, 27, is 5-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 19 starts this season and has 114 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. A former seventh-round pick by the Reds in 2013, Mahle is 31-38 in 114 appearances (113 starts) with the Reds over six seasons.

Encarnacion-Strand, 22, was drafted in the fourth round by the Twins in 2021 and has seen time at Double-A this season. Steer, a third-round pick in 2019, has played in 48 games at Triple-A. Hajjar, a second-round draft pick in 2021, is at the Class-A level.

The Twins entered play Tuesday atop the American League Central but were just one game ahead of the Cleveland Guardians and three ahead of the talent-laden Chicago White Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

Brewers acquire RHP Matt Bush from Rangers

August 2, 2022, 4:27 AM

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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers on Monday in exchange for infielder Mark Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.

Bush, 36, joins a Milwaukee bullpen that lost Josh Hader on Monday afternoon, as the Brewers traded him to the San Diego Padres ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. (ET) trade deadline. In 40 games (five starts) with the Rangers this season, Bush went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA.

After being selected first overall in the 2004 MLB Draft by San Diego, Bush has spent all five of his major league seasons with Texas. In 180 career appearances (five starts), he is 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA and has recorded 188 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings of work.

Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, appeared in 16 games for the Brewers in 2020 and has appeared in six this season. He is batting .231 with one homer and eight RBIs during his limited time in the majors.

Kelly, 22, has not made his major league debut. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA this season at Class-A Wisconsin.

The Rangers will add Mathias to the 40-man roster, while Kelly will join one of Texas' minor league affiliates sometime this week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

Reports: Padres acquire Brewers closer Josh Hader

August 1, 2022, 5:46 PM

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The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers, multiple outlets reported Monday.

The Brewers are receiving left-handed closer Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and two prospects - lefty Robert Gasser and outfielder Esteury Ruiz -- in exchange.

Hader made his fourth All-Star team this season and leads the majors with 29 saves. He is 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 37 appearances, with 59 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 innings.

The 28-year-old left-hander is 17-17 with 125 saves and a 2.48 ERA in 269 relief appearances since making his MLB debut with Milwaukee in 2017.

Rogers, 31, ranks second behind Hader with 28 saves. He is 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 42 games with 48 strikeouts and nine walks in 41 1/3 innings.

An All-Star in 2021, Rogers spent his first six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He owns a career record of 18-23 with 78 saves and a 3.29 ERA.

Lamet, 30, is 0-1 with a 9.49 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. Since making his debut with the Padres in 2017, he is 15-19 with a 4.08 ERA in 82 games (56 starts), while struggling with elbow issues in 2021.

Gasser, 23, was a second-round pick by San Diego in 2021. He is 4-9 with a 4.18 ERA in 18 starts this year at Class-A Fort Wayne.

Ruiz, 23, made his Padres debut on July 12. He batted .222 with two RBIs in 14 games with San Diego. He hit .333 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs in 77 games across Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: The Enquirer

Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta set to return this week

July 31, 2022, 7:19 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers will be getting a boost to the starting rotation right around Tuesday's trade deadline when right-hander Freddy Peralta is activated from the 60-day injured list after being out due to a shoulder injury.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Sunday that there remains a chance that Peralta could return as a reliever, but that his role has not been solidified.

The actual return date for Peralta has not been set but will come at some point in the upcoming three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that starts Tuesday.

Peralta, 26, last pitched May 22 and has been out ever since with a posterior strain in his right shoulder.

In eight starts this season, Peralta was 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. In five seasons with the Brewers he is 29-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 106 appearances (58 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres

Reds add RHP Ryan Hendrix to bullpen

July 30, 2022, 4:57 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds selected the contract of right-hander Ryan Hendrix from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

Hendrix, 27, has no decisions and a 5.06 ERA in six relief appearances with the Reds this season.

At Louisville, he went 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 27 games (zero starts), striking out 30 and walking 16 in 25 2/3 innings.

Hendrix takes the roster spot of All-Star right-hander Luis Castillo, who was traded to Seattle on Friday night.

--Field Level Media

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Mariners land Reds ace Luis Castillo for four minor-leaguers

July 30, 2022, 3:49 AM

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The Seattle Mariners acquired Cincinnati Reds ace right-hander Luis Castillo in exchange for four minor-leaguers on Friday.

In return for the 29-year-old Castillo, who won't be a free agent until after the 2023 season, the Reds will receive shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.

Marte, Arroyo and Stoudt were ranked first, third and fifth, respectively among Mariners prospects, according to

Castillo, widely considered the top starting pitcher on the market before the Tuesday trade deadline, is 4-4 with a 2.86 ERA 14 starts this season. He missed spring training and the first month of the season with right shoulder soreness.

As the trade talk escalated, Castillo, who earned his second All-Star berth this season, has posted five consecutive quality starts, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 34 innings. He went seven innings in four of those outings.

"We see Luis Castillo as an impact, top of the rotation starter who's currently on top of his game," Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "Our goal remains to play in the postseason, now and in the years to come. We believe adding Luis is a big step in that direction."

Castillo is in his sixth season in the majors, all with the Reds, after being acquired from the Miami Marlins in January 2017 in a six-player trade involving Reds starter Dan Straily.

The Reds ace has made 137 starts, going 44-53 with a 3.62 ERA and 860 strikeouts in 792 1/3 innings.

Castillo drew interest from 10-15 teams, according to Reds general manager Nick Krall.

"We had to make ourselves better for the long haul," Krall said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Marte, 20, was playing for Class-A Everett. He is a .281 hitter with a .473 slugging mark in 1,199 plate appearances covering three minor league seasons.

Arroyo, 18, was with Class-A Modesto, where he hit .316 and slugging .514 in 410 plate appearances, with 13 homers and 67 RBIs.

Stoudt, 24, went 6-6 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Arkansas this year. He allowed 92 hits and 22 walks in 87 innings, with 82 strikeouts.

Moore, 22, was 2-1 with one save and a 1.95 ERA in 25 relief appearances for Modesto this season.

The Reds, who were expected to be busy at the trade deadline with several players drawing interest from other teams, dealt outfielder Tyler Naquin to the New York Mets on Thursday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals

Marlins’ Daniel Castano exits after liner to head

July 28, 2022, 5:49 PM

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Miami Marlins left-hander Daniel Castano left Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after taking a 104-mph line drive to the head.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Reds third baseman Donovan Solano drilled a 1-1 pitch that ricocheted off the left side of Castano's head and was caught for an out by Marlins third baseman Joey Wendle.

Castano dropped to his knees and remained down for a spell before walking off on his own power.

Jeff Brigham came on to replace Castano.

Castano had given up a run on two hits before leaving.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: The Enquirer

Reds activate RHP Tyler Mahle to start vs. Cardinals

July 24, 2022, 5:09 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds activated right-hander Tyler Mahle from the 15-day injured list to start Sunday's game against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Mahle, 27, landed on the injured list on July 6 with a right shoulder strain but did not make any rehab starts before being cleared to rejoin the active roster.

He owns a 3-7 record with a 4.48 ERA in 17 starts this season.

Mahle is 29-38 with a 4.36 ERA in 112 career appearances (111 starts) with the Reds.

Also on Sunday, Cincinnati placed right-hander Jeff Hoffman on the 15-day injured list with right forearm stiffness.

Hoffman, 29, is 2-0 with a 3.83 ERA in 35 appearances (one start) with the Reds this season.

He is 15-21 with a 5.68 ERA in 134 career appearances (50 starts) with the Colorado Rockies and Reds.

--Field Level Media

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Reds place C Tyler Stephenson on 10-day IL

July 23, 2022, 9:50 PM

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The Cincinnati Reds placed Tyler Stephenson on the 10-day injured list Saturday and recalled fellow catcher Mark Kolozsvary from Triple-A Louisville.

Stephenson sustained a broken right clavicle following a foul ball off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt during Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Stephenson stayed in the game, but he fielded Goldschmidt's dribbler moments later and failed to throw the ball to first base as he crumpled to the ground.

Stephenson, 25, already has spent two stints on the injured list with a concussion and a fractured right thumb.

He is batting a team-best .319 with six home runs and 35 RBIs over 50 games this season.

Stephenson is hitting .296 with 18 homers and 86 RBIs in 190 career games with the Reds.

Kolozsvary, 26, is 1-for-11 with an RBI in seven games this season with Cincinnati.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants

Brewers LHP Aaron Ashby signs five-year extension

July 23, 2022, 8:15 PM

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Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby on Saturday signed a five-year contract through the 2027 season with club options for 2028 and 2029.

Left-hander Jake McGee also inked a one-year contract on Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for either deal.

"We are very happy to reach a multi-year agreement with Aaron," said David Stearns, Brewers president of baseball operations. "Throughout his time in our organization, Aaron has demonstrated a unique combination of persistence, character and talent. He is establishing himself as one of the premier young pitchers in baseball, and we look forward to watching his continued growth and success."

Ashby, 24, owns a 2-7 record with one save and a 4.57 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) this season.

The nephew of former major-league pitcher Andy Ashby, the younger player is 5-9 with two saves and a 4.56 ERA in 31 career appearances (16 starts) with the Brewers.

McGee, 35, posted a 1-2 record with three saves and a 7.17 ERA in 24 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants this season.

He is 32-27 with 79 saves and a 3.64 ERA in 632 relief appearances over 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Giants.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: The Enquirer

Reds All-Star C Tyler Stephenson leaves with shoulder injury

July 22, 2022, 11:24 PM

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Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson was knocked out of the game just three batters into the team's first game after the All-Star break.

Stephenson took a Paul Goldschmidt foul ball off his right throwing shoulder and stayed in the game after training staff and manager David Bell tended to him.

But moments later, on a short chopper in front of the plate, Stephenson fielded Goldschmidt's dribbler and failed to throw the ball to first as he crumpled to the ground, clutching his right shoulder in pain.

He immediately left the game.

Already this season, Stephenson, Cincinnati's most productive hitter, has spent two stints on the injured list with a concussion and a fractured right thumb after taking a foul ball off the hand.

Entering Friday, Stephenson was batting a team-best .319 with six home runs and 35 RBIs over 49 games.

--Field Level Media