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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Reds Work Around Pain

The Reds are missing four players as they challenge the Miami Marlins tonight in the second game of this four-game series.

Billy Hamilton has a bruised right side of his body. Brandon Phillips is still healing from a contusion on his knee.  Adam Duvall fouled a ball off his foot last night but continued to "gut it out."  Michael Lorenzen was placed on the three-day bereavement list.

Tim Adleman was recalled from Louisville to take Lorenzen's place.  Tony Renda will play leftfield and leadoff.  Ivan De Jesus Jr., who played shortstop last night will move to secondbase.  Scott Schebler will move to centerfield and Tyler Holt will play in rightfield.

The list of injuries continue to grow for the Reds but they are not alone.

“It all came together at one point in time," Bryan Price said. "The good news is none of them require a trip to the DL, but for the short term, we’re a little short."

Marlins' manager was asked about his growing injury list, including the loss of slugger Giancarlo Stanton with a groin injury.

"I think it's baseball," Mattingly explained. "Every year, every team gets banged up. We can't worry about it. We have to focus on ourselves.  We have to find a way to win tonight and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow."

Price is in the same boat.  He has to move his players around and find a way to win tonight.

Adleman was coming up anyway.

“The way we had it laid out, he was going to start on Friday anyway," Price said.. "In the meantime, he supports us in relief, especially with Keyvius not available after pitching five innings (on Sunday). If we don’t have to utilize him in relief, he’ll start on Friday. We hope we don’t have to use him(in relief). We’d like to see him start on Friday against the Dodgers.”

Adleman was chosen in lieu of rookie Robert Stephenson, who has turned in seven quality starts in his last 10 games but is 2-6 with a 5.46 ERA in those games. On the season, Stephenson is 6-9 with a 4.29 ERA.

“Well, first of all, there’s how he pitched in May," Price said. "After watching him, I was thinking he can pitch up here. Then he had a string of good starts with Louisville. He’s our next best, It’s nice to reward the guys who are performing the best.”

Adleman made 11 starts for Louisville and two more in Cincinnati before he injured his oblique.

As a Bats' starter he is 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA.  In his two starts with the Reds he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA.

Hamilton ran into the wall twice on Monday night and is really banged up.

“It’s my whole right side," Hamilton said.  "It’s nothing bad. It’s just the impact of hitting the wall. It’s my knee more than anything. I’ve hit the wall a couple of time, but this is the worst one yet. The wall is undefeated.”

His sourse of action is to rest.

“I’m not going to do anything today," Hamilton said.. "I’ll get some treatment. The next couple of days could be better.”  

Price wants Hamilton to stay aggressive.

 “I have not told him not to run into walls," Price said.. "I have not advised him to play more conservatively. If he continues to have times when he’s missing two or three days at a time, there may come a time when we have to do that, but a component of his game is aggression – offensively and defensively. It’s how he plays the game, and I would hate to talk him down from that level of play.”

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