The Cincinnati Reds (14-19) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-15) will take the field tonight for a now shortened two game series after yesterday’s rainout. Last night’s scheduled starters have been bumped up to pitch tonight.
Juan Nicasio had to leave his last start in the 5th innning against the Cubs after giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks. In his start prior to that, he pitched a gem against Cincinnati, allowing just three hits and a walk over seven shutout innings while striking out eight.
Alfredo Simon had his first quality start of the season last week against Milwaukee. This will be Simon’s 3rd start against the Pirates this year, having allowed five runs, 11 hits, and six walks over nine innings pitched in those first two games.
The Reds are using their first rainout of 2016 to shuffle their rotation. John Lamb gets an extra day off to recover from his injured thumb.
Reds' updated rotation: Simon vs Pit; Finnegan, Adleman & Straily at Phi; Lamb & Simon at Cle; Finnegan & Adleman vs Cle.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 11, 2016
The Pirates are using the same lineup as they had planned for yesterday, while the Reds have decided to give Joey Votto a night off.
|1. David Freese (1B)
2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
3. Gregory Polanco (RF)
4. Starling Marte (LF)
5. Francisco Cervelli (C)
6. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
7. Sean Rodriguez (2B)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Juan Nicasio (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jordan Pacheco (1B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Alfredo Simon (P)
HAMILTON WORKING WITH VOTTO
C. Trent Rosecrans writes that Billy Hamilton has been working daily with Joey Votto to improve Billy’s hitting, especially from the left side:
Hamilton said he’s gaining confidence bit by bit, and seeing progress. Monday night he had two hits right-handed against Pirates left-handed starter Jonathon Niese and then another hit left-handed against Pirates right-handed reliever Ryan Vogelsong. Over the last two weeks, Hamilton’s hitting .302/.318/.372.
MESORACO SHOULDER SURGERY
Devin Mesoraco had shoulder surgery on Tuesday, and the tear ended up being worse than expected. His recovery time is now six months instead of the expected four months, but he is still expected to return to full health for the 2017 season.
“I don’t think he’s going to have any problem with this,” Kremchek said Tuesday evening. “This is his non-throwing shoulder. It’s his lead shoulder in hitting. It’s very similar to the injury Scott Rolen had when he was with the Cardinals. Even though he’d had previous other shoulder problems, he came back fabulously from this.”
“The bottom line was, yes it’s worse, yes, it’ll take a little longer, but he’ll be fine,” Kremchek said. “No, he’s not going to come back this year, but that’s fine. I never thought he would. We’re going to protect him (in rehabilitation) and take a little longer. His career is not in jeopardy, he will be back.”
The Reds are now going for the shortened series sweep against the Pirates.