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3:24 AM EDT, September 18, 2014

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH


CHICAGO -- First baseman Joey Votto took batting practice and spent some time picking up infield grounders this week at Wrigley Field, leading to speculation he might yet return to the lineup before season's end.

"I thought he looked good," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday before a season series finale against the Cubs. "He didn't look like a guy coming off an injury. He may have felt that way seeing live pitching for the first time and out on the field."

Votto, 30, has been sidelined with a quad injury since early July. He was batting .255 with six home runs and 23 RBIs when he departed.

"We will continue to increase the intensity level through the course of this to see if it makes any sense at all to activate him and utilize him in this last week and a half," Price said.

He also hopes right-hander Mat Latos (5-5, 3.25 ERA) might make another appearance after he was scratched last week against the Milwaukee Brewers because of a bone bruise in his right elbow.

"Having our players invested in finding some way to get back on the field, even if it's to help us in the last five or six games of the season, sends the right message about what we're about," Price said. "We're not just phoning it in and saying that the season's over."

The Reds (71-82) have lost four straight and will not make the playoffs, 13 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central and 11 games out of the wild card.

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 71-82

STREAK: Lost four

NEXT: Friday -- Reds (LHP David Holmberg, 1-1, 6.00 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP John Lackey, 13-9, 3.97 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Daniel Corcino (0-1) made his fourth big league appearance and second career start, allowed two earned runs and three hits while walking four and striking out six. He worked 5 2/3 innings. "He did a nice job," manager Bryan Price said. "I like to see these young guys come in here and be willing to throw it over the plate and compete."

--CF Yorman Rodriguez went 2-for-4 and registered his first career multi-hit game, driving in the Reds' lone run on a first-inning groundout. He has hits in three straight games (4-for-9) since going 0-for-3 in his first career appearance on Sept. 4 at Baltimore.

--1B Joey Votto took batting practice and spent some time picking up infield grounders this week at Wrigley Field, leading to speculation he might yet return to the lineup. "I thought he looked good," manager Bryan Price said. "He didn't look like a guy coming off an injury. He may have felt that way seeing live pitching for the first time and out on the field." Votto, 30, has been sidelined with a quad injury since early July. He was batting .255 with six home runs and 23 RBIs when he departed.

--CF Billy Hamilton, who has struggled in the second half with a .212 average, got the night off Wednesday. "We've seen Billy (endure) that kind of ebb and flow to his season," manager Bryan Price said. "It's a very difficult game to be consistently outstanding in your performance." A top candidate for National League rookie of the year, Hamilton still tops other NL rookies in RBIs, multi-hit games, runs, hits, total bases, doubles, stolen bases and extra-base hits.

--RHP Mat Latos (5-5, 3.25 ERA) might also make another appearance after he was scratched last week against the Brewers with a bone bruise in his right elbow. "I wouldn't say there's no chance (of playing in a game)," manager Bryan Price said. "I talked to him yesterday about it, saying our goal is to continue with the throwing protocol and build up (his) arm strength and verify the soreness and inflammation is out. If it makes sense, then he could potentially pitch again."

--LHP David Holmberg (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will make his sixth appearance of the season and first start against the Cardinals on Friday in St. Louis. Holmberg earned his first big league victory last Saturday in a 5-1 decision at Milwaukee. On Sept. 8, he replaced injured starter Dylan Axelrod after one batter and threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Having our players invested in finding some way to get back on the field, even if it's to help us in the last five or six games of the season, sends the right message about what we're about. We're not just phoning it in and saying that the season's over." -- Manager Bryan Price, on the possibility of 1B Joey Votto returning before the end of the season.

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MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - ROSTER REPORT


MEDICAL WATCH:

--RHP Mat Latos (bone bruise in right elbow) was scratched from his Sept. 12 start. He is considered day-to-day and could return to action in time for his next scheduled start, manager Bryan Price said.

--RHP Dylan Axelrod (strained right oblique) left his Sept. 8 start in the first inning. He is unlikely to pitch again this season.

--RHP Homer Bailey (strained flexor mass in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 1. He underwent season-ending surgery Sept. 5. Bailey is expected to be ready for spring training.

--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 began dry swings and throwing Aug. 26. He took ground balls for the first time Aug. 27 but felt pain while in the quad while moving laterally. He took batting practice against underhand pitches Sept. 14. Votto hopes to return before the end of the season.

--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.

ROTATION:

RHP Johnny Cueto

RHP Mike Leake

RHP Alfredo Simon

RHP Mat Latos

RHP Daniel Corcino

LHP David Holmberg

BULLPEN:

LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)

RHP Sam LeCure

LHP Manny Parra

RHP Jumbo Diaz

RHP Logan Ondrusek

RHP Pedro Villarreal

RHP Carlos Contreras

RHP J.J. Hoover

LHP Ryan Dennick

RHP Dylan Axelrod

CATCHERS:

Devin Mesoraco

Brayan Pena

Tucker Barnhart

INFIELDERS:

1B Jack Hannahan

2B Brandon Phillips

SS Zack Cozart

3B Todd Frazier

INF Kristopher Negron

INF/OF Skip Schumaker

INF Ramon Santiago

INF Jake Elmore

INF/OF Donald Lutz

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Ryan Ludwick

CF Billy Hamilton

RF Jay Bruce

OF Chris Heisey

OF Yorman Rodriguez

OF Jason Bourgeois