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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Reds Want To Finish Season With Integrity

The Reds were mathematically eliminated on Saturday but there are still 14 games left on the season.

Some of the Reds will be limping toward the finish line and manager Bryan Price wants them to finish as strong as possible.  The key word is finish.

Zack Cozart is still having a problem with his knee. Billy Hamilton is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Cody Reed has back problems.  Homer Bailey has soreness in his biceps.

Cozart is taking treatment daily. He hasn't played since September 10 in Pittsburgh.

"Zack's knee hasn't responded to treatment. I wouldn't put him out there unless there's no pain," Price said.

Billy Hamilton has been sidelined since September 5.

"Billy is tenuous," Price said. "He's shown improvement but he's had zero baseball activity. I'm not going to say it's impossible for him to come back but it's improbable."

Cody Reed tweaked his back after he was returned to Louisville after an awful first tour of the Big Leagues.

Bailey returned from two major surgeries and pitched six games before developing soreness.

 "Homer is throwing a bullpen at 11:00," Price said at the 10:30 press meeting. "We gave him a couple days off. He has normal soreness that seems to be muscular. You can work through that."

The question was raised since the Reds have no playoffs to compete for, why not shut these players down for the last 14 games?

 "We have to finish the season with integrity," Price said. "The easiest thing to do is shut guys down but that's not the culture we want. We want guys to fight to get back on the field. You open yourself up if somebody gets hurt worse but there is something important about finishing a season.

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