Here’s something you don’t see very often. Reds manager Bryan Price was ejected before today’s game against the Indians even started. Really.
Price was exchanging lineup cards before he got into it with second base umpire Jim Reynolds, who ejected him. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speculates that it was carryover from a gripe he had last night when the Reds lost 7-3 in the series opener. Or perhaps Reynolds asked about the availability of Devin Mesoraco. One or the other.
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The Reds have lost six games in a row and sit at 18-23 on the year.
Devin Mesoraco hasn’t caught since April 12 due to a left hip impingement, but the Reds have kept him active as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter rather than place him on the disabled list. It looks like they aren’t going to have a choice soon.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mesoraco tested his hip Friday by trying to get into a catching position and doing 15 squats and giving signs. It didn’t go well.
“It was very difficult,” he said. “It’s probably not something that’s going to happen any time soon. It obviously caused some problems afterward. It doesn’t make sense to do a whole lot more right now because it doesn’t feel good.”
Mesoraco plans to make a decision about surgery after the Reds return from their current road trip. Surgery would end his season, but there’s no sense in delaying it any longer if he isn’t seeing improvement.
UPDATE: According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cueto has soreness in his elbow. Reds manager Bryan Price said he probably could have pitched tomorrow, but they didn’t want to take any chances.
12:29 p.m. ET: The Reds announced this morning that right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Indians due to “general stiffness.” Raisel Iglesias will pitch in his place.
The team says that Cueto has been bothered by stiffness dating back to his last start on Tuesday, where he allowed three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Royals. They’ll have to hope that it’s nothing serious. In addition to being their ace, the impending free agent could net some nice prospects if they decide to sell going into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Plenty of teams figure to come calling if he’s healthy.
Cueto, 29, has posted a 3.03 ERA and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season.
The Marlins have lost eight games in a row and are now 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, but second baseman Dee Gordon continues to do some cool things. Watch him steal four bases last night against the Orioles:
The four stolen bases tied a career-high for Gordon as well as the Marlins team record, which was set by Luis Castillo on May 18, 2000.
Gordon hadn’t stolen a base since May 4 prior to last night, but he’s now up to 16 steals on the year, which puts him one behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. While Gordon’s batting average has inevitably begun to fall back to Earth of late, he’s still leading the majors at a .386 clip.
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have placed starters Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the 15-day disabled list.
Alvarez is dealing with right shoulder inflammation, the same injury that kept him out of action for over a month between April 13 and May 16. It was revealed on Friday afternoon that the right-hander has been pitching with a 90 percent tear of his ulnar collateral ligament “for years”, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Alvarez allowed 12 runs on 22 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings across three starts.
Latos, suffering from inflammation in his left knee, has struggled with the Marlins, his first year with the team after coming over in December’s trade involving Anthony DeSclafani. He’s had some good starts, but overall compiled a 6.12 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings.
The Marlins lost Friday night’s game against the Orioles, extending their losing streak to eight games. Now 16-27 in the cellar of the NL East, the Fish are 0-5 since Dan Jennings took over as the club’s manager.