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Should Bryan Price be on the hot seat?

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The Reds lost their eighth consecutive game, dropping Sunday’s contest 3-2 to the Cardinals. The club is now 2-13 on the season, heading towards a fifth consecutive losing season under manager Bryan Price — and perhaps a fourth consecutive season of fewer than 70 wins.

There are whispers that Price is on the hot seat. Steve Mancuso of Redleg Nation wrote a good, level-headed column explaining why firing Price won’t solve the Reds’ woes. A big reason is that the club needs healthy players first and foremost. Currently, Eugenio Suarez, Anthony DeSclafani, Scott Schebler, Rookie Davis, Kevin Shackelford, Michael Lorenzen, and David Hernandez are all on the disabled list. The Reds are also dealing with lots of players not living up to their expected levels of play — chief among them is Joey Votto, who’s batting .250 with a .536 OPS. Adam Duvall has a .479 OPS; Billy Hamilton, .490. Starter Luis Castillo, who has great stuff, has given up 13 runs in 16 innings.

While firing Price and bringing in a new manager might help Alex Blandino get some more playing time and might help spur a call-up for prospect Nick Senzel, and some more new-school, optimized strategy may be employed, it won’t turn the rebuilding Reds into contenders overnight.

To his credit, Price has also been level-headed about his situation. He says he won’t overuse his players in an effort to keep his job:

Price’s ouster seems like an inevitability, but Mancuso is right — firing him isn’t going to fix all that ails the Reds.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.