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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jon Moscot Surgery, Todd Frazier And Jay Bruce Get A Day Off, Marlon Byrd Near Return

As expected rookie Jon Moscot will have surgery to stabalize his left (non-throwing) shoulder that was injured making a diving tag in Detroit on Monday.

“We did define that he has some fairly significant damage in his shoulder that will require surgery," manager Bryan Price said.. "It’s not good news in the sense that it will be a longer time before he’ll be able to pitch. Certainly, he’ll be ready for 2016. The good news is it’s something that he has to do to create the stability in his shoulder, so you may as well do it now, get it taken care of and not have to worry about it going forward when the rehab is finished.”

Marlon Byrd appears ready to return. Byrd hit a long home run during his rehab game in Pensacola last night.

“I did hear he hit a home run. Another good game tonight and he might be pretty close to coming back and helping us," Price said.

Todd Frazier hit two home runs for the second day in a row on Wednesday but he was banged up on a play at home that turned out to be a foul ball. He had to deal with a cramp in his trapezoid muscle. By his own admission, he was "toast" after his 13th inning heroic home run.

As hot as he is at the plate, Frazier needs a rest.

“Yeah, for many reasons. Not just because of the 13-inning game, but because we’re nearing the end of 20 straight," Price said. "The other challenge is we have so many getaway games at nighttime. We’re not getting that daytime game where then you can travel and get to the next city at a decent hour. We got into Detroit at 3:45 a.m. after the Sunday night game. We played a Tuesday night game in Detroit and flew back here and got in at 2 a.m. It’s one thing leads to another.”

Jay Bruce had five hits and was on the bases all night plus running in the outfield.  He had a partial day off in Detroit on Tuesday when he was the DH but needs a day off.  Joey Votto had a day off on Wednesday and pinch hit but did not remain in the game.

“It kind of defeats the purpose. He knew it going in," Price said.. "I told him, ‘If our hands are tied and you’ve got to play, you’ll play,’ and it will be the same with Frazier and the same with Bruce. I’d rather just use them as a pinch-hitter, but if they have to play, they have to play.” Mentions again flexibility of Negron and De Jesus and Dominguez. “I like the composition of our bench right now and the defensive flexibility we have. If we can produce offensively with those guys, we’ll be pigs in a trough.”

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