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  1. Salvador Perez line drive broke Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz’s wrist

    Apr 22, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Luis Mendoza, Rusty Kuntz

    Batting practice can be a dangerous place, as Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz unfortunately learned Monday when a Salvador Perez line drive broke his wrist.

  2. Aroldis Chapman likely to face live hitters Wednesday

    Apr 21, 2014, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman is getting closer to returning to game action.

  3. Reds activate reliever Sean Marshall from the disabled list

    Apr 19, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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    The Reds are hoping that Sean Marshall’s shoulder issues are behind him.

  4. Aroldis Chapman cleared to throw live batting practice

    Apr 18, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman’s recovery from facial fractures has progressed to the point that the Reds left-hander has been cleared to throw live batting practice, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  5. Aroldis Chapman throws bullpen session for first time since being hit by comebacker

    Apr 14, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

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    Good news, baseball fans. Aroldis Chapman is throwing off a mound again.

  6. Damn, kid! Yordano Ventura threw a 103 mph pitch last night

    Apr 9, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

    Yordano Ventura Royals

    Everyone already knew that Royals rookie Yordano Ventura throws incredibly hard, but his 2014 debut last night was on a whole different level.

  7. Reds deem Jonathan Broxton ready to pitch … and close?

    Apr 8, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    Reds manager Bryan Price has already said that Jonathan Broxton would take over as Aroldis Chapman’s closer fill-in once healthy, so now that he’s off the disabled list it’ll be interesting to see if the big right-hander immediately jumps into ninth-inning duties.

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kemp Ramirez

    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  9. Reds to activate Devin Mesoraco and Jonathan Broxton from DL early next week

    Apr 5, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

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    The Reds will get catcher Devin Mesoraco and reliever Jonathan Broxton back from the disabled list early next week.

  10. Jonathan Broxton is the Reds’ choice to replace Aroldis Chapman

    Apr 3, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    For now the Reds are going with closer-by-committee in Aroldis Chapman’s absence, but manager Bryan Price said yesterday that Jonathan Broxton will take over ninth-inning duties once the big right-hander returns from the disabled list in a week or so.

  11. 2014 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 30, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this still a playoff team? The Reds won 90 games last year to…

  12. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  13. Matt Moore okay after taking comebacker to the face

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

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    In the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, Matt Moore took a comebacker to the face off of the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Moore appeared to at least partially deflect the ball and had the presence of mind to chase after the ball and throw out Bogaerts at first base to…

  14. Wanna see a picture of Aroldis Chapman’s stapled head?

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the head by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday night, suffering fractures above his left eye and nose. He underwent surgery on Thursday to repair the fractures and had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his left eye to stabilize the fracture. Thankfully, Chapman is…

  15. Aroldis Chapman undergoes surgery, expected to resume working out in 10-14 days

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery this evening to repair the fracture above his left eye which was suffered when he was hit in the face by a batted ball on Wednesday night. During the two-and-a-half-hour procedure, Chapman had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his eye…

  16. What, exactly, are we supposed to do to prevent Aroldis Chapman-style injuries?

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

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    The scene from Arizona in which Aroldis Chapman was smacked in the face by that Sal Perez comebacker is simply awful. He had literally no time to react and, while the latest reports from the hospital are encouraging, it may be a while before Chapman is pitching again. And there is no guarantee that the…

  17. Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field. Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon…

  18. Aroldis Chapman smokes Marlboro Reds, wakes up at sunset, drives really fast

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Eli Saslow of ESPN profiles Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. And oh my God, are we glad he did. Because we get a glimpse of a pretty odd life. One of boredom and restlessness when he’s not playing baseball. The scene: Champan’s extended family sits around his Florida mansion waiting for him to wake up,…

  19. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  20. The Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoid arbitration

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman have settled on a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. His salary: $5 million, which is the midpoint between his asking price of $5.4 million and their offer $4.6 million. And before you ask, yes, I realize that Chapman had a long-term deal…

  21. Reds would like to get at least 60 innings out of Aroldis Chapman in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Reds manager Bryan Price says the team would like to get at least 60 innings pitched from flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman during the season, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Chapman reached 71 2/3 in 2012 and 63 2/3 in 2013, so it’s not an unreasonable expectation. Ex-manager Dusty Baker was not a fan of using Chapman…

  22. Reds VP Bob Miller on the arbitration process: “It works poorly”

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    The Reds avoided arbitration with starter Mike Leake and relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon earlier today, but were not able to do so with starter Homer Bailey and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. As a guest on The C Dot Show earlier, Reds vice president Bob Miller (who handles the arbitration cases for the club)…

  23. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  24. Scout on Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena: “You’re not going to hear from 15 teams”

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena had a showcase this weekend in the Dominican and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo spoke to a scout who was there: “He’s what you’ve been reading. He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll…

  25. Reds, Aroldis Chapman squelch latest rumors suggesting a move to the rotation

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    In what has become an annual tradition, rumors have begun to swirl suggesting Reds closer Aroldis Chapman could move into the starting rotation. The lefty has ranked among baseball’s top-five relievers over each of the past two seasons, but he would theoretically provide more value in the rotation. Neither the team nor Chapman is interested…

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