Bailey placed on 15-day DL with right elbow sprain

Bailey placed on 15-day DL with right elbow sprain

CINCINNATI -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey's recovery and rehabilitation from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow had been a smooth process. That was until news broke Monday that Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right elbow ligament sprain.

Reliever Carlos Contreras was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey's spot on the roster. The Reds will have to name a starting pitcher to take Bailey's turn on Thursday vs. the Braves at Turner Field.

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Price disappointed Waino out for season

Although division rivals, Reds manager doesn't like to see talented player injured

Price disappointed Waino out for season

CINCINNATI -- Cardinals rotation ace Adam Wainwright has often been a thorn in the Reds' side, including as recently as April 19 when he outdueled Mike Leake's 86-pitch complete-game performance for a 2-1 victory. However, Reds manager Bryan Price took no joy from the past weekend's developments.

Wainwright will miss the rest of the season, out for 9-12 months after tearing his left Achilles while hitting on Saturday. First-place St. Louis is the defending National League Central champion and a team that has repeatedly beaten the Reds in head-to-head play, but this could potentially change the fortunes of the division.

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Reds' involvement helping amateur baseball thrive

Reds' involvement helping amateur baseball thrive

CINCINNATI -- Not only is Cincinnati the birthplace of professional baseball, it has cultivated generations of amateur baseball talent that has risen through the ranks to become Major Leaguers. Local legends like Pete Rose, Don Zimmer, Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. are just some examples.

While most aspiring players won't reach legendary status, there is no shortage of avenues of teams and places to play. Regardless of the level of team, the Reds have a large presence in amateur baseball in the area.

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Miscue proves costly for DeSclafani, Reds vs. Cubs

Miscue proves costly for DeSclafani, Reds vs. Cubs

CINCINNATI -- Big hits from Miguel Montero and Addison Russell were enough to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park. Chicago took both games of the rain-shortened series.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead with one out in the second inning against Anthony DeSclafani when Montero hit an 84-mph 1-1 changeup to the seats in left field for a home run. The Cubs added four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning following third baseman Todd Frazier's fielding error.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cingrani provides solid relief work after long layoff

Cingrani provides solid relief work after long layoff

CINCINNATI -- For the first time in nearly two weeks, Reds reliever Tony Cingrani emerged from the bullpen and took the mound on Sunday. During a 5-2 loss to the Cubs, Cingrani was effective with two perfect innings and two strikeouts.

The last time Cingrani had pitched was April 14, also vs. the Cubs, and that was just one-third of an inning. Prior to that, he threw two scoreless innings on April 12 vs. the Cardinals.

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Reds struggling to capitalize on scoring chances

Reds struggling to capitalize on scoring chances

CINCINNATI -- It was only on Tuesday when the Reds' bats erupted for a 16-run game and a win over the Brewers. Now even if they rub two bats together, their lineup is unable to create a spark.

Including Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cubs, the Reds have scored nine runs over the past four games. That doesn't mean the chances haven't been there. They've been plentiful.

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Mesoraco continuing to rehab on active roster

Mesoraco continuing to rehab on active roster

CINCINNATI -- Sunday marked two weeks since Devin Mesoraco last caught a game for the Reds. But the club is still resisting placing Mesoraco on the disabled list because of an impingement in his left hip.

Mesoraco has been limited to pinch-hitting duties, which he has done three times since April 12, including a fifth-inning walk on Sunday.

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Price to use postponement for Cueto's benefit

Price to use postponement for Cueto's benefit

CINCINNATI -- With one exception, the Reds are keeping their rotation in order following Saturday's postponement vs. the Cubs. That means no one is being skipped to keep ace Johnny Cueto pitching on his usual four days of rest. Cueto will make his next start on Tuesday vs. the Brewers.

"Johnny threw 125 pitches in his last start," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Sunday morning. "It doesn't make any sense to try to keep him on pace when he could probably use the extra day."

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Reds' matchup with Cubs gets rained out

Reds' matchup with Cubs gets rained out

CINCINNATI -- Following a four-hour, 13-minute rain delay, the Reds-Cubs game scheduled for Saturday afternoon was postponed. A makeup date will be announced at a later time.

Fans holding tickets for Saturday's rainout game may present their same ticket at the gate for the rescheduled game with no exchange necessary. Ticket exchanges are available at Great American Ball Park throughout the regular season in advance of game day only.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

Reds fete '90 champions in pregame ceremony

CINCINNATI -- Rain fell on the field, but the party went on, as the Reds continued their weekend-long celebration of their 1990 World Series champions on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

Heavy showers descended upon the ballpark in the hours leading up to the Reds-Cubs afternoon tilt, delaying the start of the game (it was eventually postponed) and eliminating the possibility of the pregame ceremony taking place on the field. So the Reds simply turned to Plan B, staging the 1990 reunion from the Handlebar Club in right field, with the players sitting out on the balcony area in plain view of the fans in the stands.

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Letter from Piniella read at ceremony for 1990 team

Letter from Piniella read at ceremony for 1990 team

CINCINNATI -- The Reds saluted the 1990 World Series championship team on Saturday in a pregame ceremony, but manager Lou Piniella was unable to attend. Piniella, 71, did send a hand-written letter to the team and its fans, which was read:

Dear Players and Fans,

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Maddon calls Reds' Hamilton a 'game changer'

Maddon calls Reds' Hamilton a 'game changer'

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton didn't waste any time running on Chicago's Jon Lester. The Cubs weren't surprised. The Reds' center fielder has done that to other pitchers, as well.

"I know the focus is on Jon, but I promise [Hamilton] has done that to other people," manager Joe Maddon said on Saturday. "My biggest concern there is to not permit a big inning, and that's part of the bigger inning."

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton produces early runs, but Reds miss opportunities

Speedster steals three vs. Lester, but Cincinnati 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position

Hamilton produces early runs, but Reds miss opportunities

CINCINNATI -- Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was more than willing to exploit Cubs ace Jon Lester's weakness at holding runners, and he seemed poised early to be a one-man run-manufacturing machine. When push came to shove in the later innings, however, runs that were begging to be scored were left uncollected.

Hence, the Reds gave away a 7-3 loss to the Cubs in 11 innings as they went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They also struck out 16 times in the game, including 10 against Lester.

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Leake strikes out nine, but Reds fall in extras

Leake strikes out nine, but Reds fall in extras

CINCINNATI -- A four-run top of the 11th inning gave the Cubs a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Friday, their fifth game won in their final at-bat in 16 games overall. Jonathan Herrera delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI single.

It was a 3-3 game in the top of the 11th when struggling Reds reliever Burke Badenhop gave up three straight one-out singles. Anthony Rizzo started the rally with a lined single to center field that was stopped on the short-hop by a diving Billy Hamilton. Kris Bryant followed with a single up the middle before Herrera, who entered the game defensively in the ninth inning, came through with a lined RBI single to right field.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mesoraco could catch bullpen session soon

Catcher has been limited to two plate appearances since injuring left hip

Mesoraco could catch bullpen session soon

CINCINNATI -- Reds All-Star Devin Mesoraco has yet to test his bothersome left hip by trying to catch, but that could be in his near future.

"I would imagine we'll catch a bullpen here in the next couple of days," Mesoraco said on Friday. "We haven't really set the date, but I would assume pretty quickly."

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Reliving Top 10 Reds moments of '90 World Series

Reliving Top 10 Reds moments of '90 World Series

CINCINNATI -- It's been 25 years since the Reds went wire to wire and swept the World Series, but the memories from that season are still vivid for those who watched, rooted and/or played in that postseason.

Thirty members of the 1990 World Series champion Reds gathered at Great American Ball Park on Friday to begin a weekend-long reunion to celebrate that unforgettable series. In honor of this particular gathering of Reds greats, we've come up with a list of top 10 moments and memories from the 1990 Fall Classic.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bailey still searching for comfort level after each start

Bailey still searching for comfort level after each start

MILWAUKEE -- Homer Bailey said it was hard to compare how he pitched with how he was supposed to pitch because he isn't exactly sure.

Bailey, who opened the season on the disabled list after surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon last September, allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second start, but did not get a decision in the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

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Megan Zahneis

Davis showed toughness for Reds, in fight vs. cancer

Skilled outfielder displayed perseverance since his humble Los Angeles beginnings

Davis showed toughness for Reds, in fight vs. cancer

Before Billy Hamilton, there was another slender, agile National League Gold Glove Award winner known for his speed as he patrolled center field in Cincinnati.

Nearly 30 years separate the Major League debuts of these two players, which possibly explains why this generation of Cincinnati Reds fans may not be too familiar with the original Mr. Speedy in the Queen City.

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Megan Zahneis is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips turns smart double play against Brewers

Phillips turns smart double play against Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- So much for the adage that a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, at least when it comes to baseball.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips alertly let a soft liner drop in front of him and turned a potential scoring threat into an inning-ending double play in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

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Bailey, Byrd look good but Reds fall to Brewers

Bailey, Byrd look good but Reds fall to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Jean Segura delivered the clutch hit the Brewers have so badly needed, a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that sent Milwaukee to a 4-2 win over Cincinnati on Thursday at Miller Park.

Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez hit solo home runs, but the Brewers needed Segura's single off Reds reliever Kevin Gregg to snap an eight-game losing streak. Starter Kyle Lohse allowed two runs in seven innings for his first victory, and Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez bounced back from a loss the night before to notch his second save.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton's stolen-base streak ends at nine

Hamilton's stolen-base streak ends at nine

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers became the first team this season to punish Reds speedster Billy Hamilton for stealing.

Crafty Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse kept Hamilton close by varying his deliveries in the sixth inning on Thursday, giving strong-armed catcher Martin Maldonado a chance to throw Hamilton out attempting to steal second base in a game tied at 2. Before Maldonado made the play, Hamilton had been 9-for-9 in stolen-base attempts to start the season.

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Manfred: Rose will participate in All-Star Game festivities

Manfred: Rose will participate in All-Star Game festivities

Pete Rose will play a role in this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati, the hit king's hometown and the city where he starred for much of his career, Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday.

Manfred made his remarks during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors in New York.

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Cueto at his best in picking up first win

Strikes out Lind with go-ahead run at third

Cueto at his best in picking up first win

MILWAUKEE -- Reds manager Bryan Price gave a quick thumbs-up gesture to Johnny Cueto before walking out to the mound in the eighth inning Wednesday at Miller Park. It meant Cueto wasn't coming out of the game.

In the biggest moment of the night, with Cueto's pitch count elevated, the tying run at third and a left-handed bat at the plate, it stood to reason that Cueto might exit, leaving him shy of his first win in 2015 despite a 1.86 ERA.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo uses Stephenson's curve to create uber prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Stephenson's curve to create uber prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reds squeak by Brewers on ninth-inning wild pitch

Reds squeak by Brewers on ninth-inning wild pitch

MILWAUKEE -- There were no offensive fireworks at Miller Park on Wednesday night. Johnny Cueto and Jimmy Nelson made sure of that.

Cueto, the Reds' ace, and Nelson, the Brewers' No. 5 starter who has pitched far above his standing, surrendered a run apiece before settling into a classic pitchers' duel for eight innings that was settled in the ninth after both had exited. Francisco Rodriguez's run-scoring wild pitch handed the Reds a 2-1 win and dealt the Brewers their eighth straight loss.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

Hamilton scores winning run on Rodriguez's WP

Ball bounces in Reds' favor, widens Brewers' woes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers squandered their opportunity in the eighth inning, and the Reds made the most of an opening in the ninth. That was the difference Wednesday between what could have been an uplifting Brewers victory against Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto, and instead became a 2-1 Reds win over Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Pitching in the ninth inning of a tie game, Rodriguez committed the cardinal sin of walking speedster Billy Hamilton with one out. Hamilton moved to third on Joey Votto's single and scored when Rodriguez bounced a changeup for a two-out wild pitch that sent Milwaukee to its eighth straight loss, and positioned the Reds to aim for a sweep of the four-game series on Thursday.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.