NLDS Game 2 lineups: Reds vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS between the Reds and Giants. First pitch is 9:30 p.m. ET:

  CINCINNATI REDS             SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Brandon Phillips, 2B     1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Zack Cozart, SS          2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Joey Votto, 1B           3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Ryan Ludwick, LF         4. Buster Posey, C
5. Jay Bruce, RF            5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B          6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Ryan Hanigan, C          7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Drew Stubbs, CF          8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Bronson Arroyo, RHP      9. Madison Bumgarner, LHP

Despite the matchup against a left-hander, the Reds will roll with the same lineup that netted them a Game 1 victory on Saturday night over righty Matt Cain. Some Reds fans have been clamoring for Todd Frazier to get the nod over Rolen at third base, but you know how manager Dusty Baker loves his veterans.

The Giants are also featuring the same batting order as Game 1. They’ll just hope for more production.

This one is being broadcast by TBS. We’ll have the usual in-game updates and postgame reaction.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.