--RHP JJ Hoover was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. Hoover's current 10-game losing streak is the longest in club history for a reliever. The 10 losses are tied for the most in club history, most since Harry Gumbert went 10-10 in 1947. Hoover's season didn't start out all that bad. He posted a 3.14 ERA in May with five runs allowed and 15 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings, but his season began to derail in June.
--RHP Carlos Contreras was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday after leaving his most recent appearance with inflammation in his left shoulder. He was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 13 appearances over two separate stints with the Reds this season.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the eighth inning on Thursday in the first substantial test of his sore shoulder. Chapman was his usual dominant self, striking out two in a non-save situation. Chapman last pitched on Sunday in Colorado when he allowed four earned runs and walked all four batters he faced. He admitted achiness in his shoulder after Sunday's game.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We were hoping for a few more innings from him and it didn't work out. With runners on, he'd reach back and try to throw harder. They figured out pretty quickly that when he needed a pitch, he was going to a changeup, and they put the barrel on a couple of them." -- Reds manager Bryan Price on LHP David Holmberg after a loss to Atlanta on Thursday.
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--RHP Homer Bailey (strained flexor mass in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 8. He will be out until at least early September, but the Reds hope he can pitch again this season. As of Aug. 21, Bailey had not yet begun throwing.
--1B Joey Votto (strained left distal quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 16. He underwent a second round of platelet-rich plasma injections July 21. He is not expected to begin baseball activity until the end of August.
--LHP Sean Marshall (left shoulder soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 20. He underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery June 24.
--RHP Trevor Bell (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list April 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 20. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on June 6, but he was shut down after that one outing. He underwent season-ending surgery July 16.
RHP Johnny Cueto
RHP Mike Leake
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Mat Latos
LHP David Holmberg
LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)
RHP Jonathan Broxton