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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Reds Get One Last Kick In The Nuts

The Reds will leave players behind when they travel to Washington for one day to make up a rain out from July 8.

If the Reds could have won one or two games against the New York Mets this series, the game in Washington would have impacted the Eastern Division race. Now it is a meaningless exhibition.


Bryan Price summed it up, “Last kick in the nuts? It really is. From a weather standpoint it just exasperates an already challenging season. Having to play 17 straight to end the season is like rubbing your face in it. There’s no way around it. We have to go there and play to win. We can’t roll it out there like it’s a spring training game because it’s not.” .

The Reds will leave Josh Smith and others that have training room commitments behind.  The team has shut down Sean Marshall, who was trying for a miraculous comeback before the end of the season.  That won't happen.
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“We shut him down," Price said. "He’s having some recurring tenderness in his shoulder. He’s had some very productive bullpens (about a dozen) but hasn’t been able to get over the hump and go an extended period of time without some discomfort. He’ll probably throw the weekend in Pittsburgh, just because we want to finish this off and give him a chance to go into the off season with a chance to get things right”.

Raisel Iglesias will not go to Washington and will not pitch the rest of the season.

"There are some things we need to see before he would pitch, like his range of motion," Price said. "There won't be enough time."

The travel party will be light.

“We have some end of season physical, some follow-up stuff that we can get done tomorrow," Price said. "Not taking (Josh) Smith because he’s going to pitch the next day.  Plus some of the DL guys we’ve had with us to continue their rehab, they’ll stay here. Obviously Hamilton’s having surgery on Tuesday. There’s probably five or six pitchers and a couple position players that aren’t going.”

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