7/18/2014 8:33 P.M. ET
Reds have top 18 Draft picks locked up
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The deadline to sign selections from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was 5 p.m. ET on Friday. The Reds -- who already signed 27 of their 41 picks, including first-rounders Nick Howard and Alex Blandino -- made no last-minute additions and had all of their first 18 selections in the fold.
"It always feels good to have everybody signed, another good job by the staff," Reds amateur scouting director Chris Buckley said.
Howard, who agreed to terms on a $1,990,500 bonus on June 30, was assigned on Friday to Class A Dayton.
Reds not too concerned with Chapman's hamstring
NEW YORK -- The right hamstring of Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was clearly bothering him at the All-Star Game on Tuesday. However, it was not enough of an issue that the club was re-thinking the left-hander's availability vs. the Yankees as the second half began.
Chapman, who originally hurt his hamstring on July 6, pulled up limping while covering first base on a Kyle Seager ground ball in the eighth inning of the National League's 5-3 loss to the American League.
"It doesn't seem he has a great deal of concern about his ability to pitch and compete and do the things he needs to do on the mound," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday.
Of his final 16 batters before the break, Chapman struck out 13 with only one ball being put into play. Of course, Chapman can avoid running if he strikes everyone out, but that's too tall of an order. Price expects him to be able to field his position.
"I think whenever you strain a hamstring, until it's 100 percent completely gone, I think there's an awareness there," Price said. "He's obviously pitched with it a few times. I'm not concerned about it. Right now, it doesn't seem like a huge concern, but I would hate for it to get exacerbated."
Schumaker still experiencing concussion symptoms
NEW YORK -- Reds outfielder/second baseman Skip Schumaker was eligible for activation from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday, but he was not yet cleared to play. Schumaker did not pass the required tests on Thursday and is still experiencing symptoms.
"I thought I'd be activated already. It's so frustrating that I'm not," Schumaker said on Friday. "I'm hoping every day that [the symptoms] will go away, and they haven't yet. I thought the All-Star break would have been fine and that I'd be back and ready. I did the test [Thursday] before we left and it didn't go as planned."
On July 10, Schumaker slammed hard into the right-field wall trying to make a leaping catch vs. the Cubs.
During the All-Star break, Schumaker remained in Cincinnati to work out and hit.
"I didn't really have that break. I feel like I've missed enough days," Schumaker said. "I felt like it went OK. [My workouts over the break] weren't 100 percent where I wanted, but they were OK where I thought there was a chance I would pass the test and be ready to go."
Another concussion test for Schumaker was scheduled for shortly before Friday's game.
Latos, Bailey expected to make next starts
NEW YORK -- Two Reds pitchers -- Mat Latos and Homer Bailey -- are expected to make their next starts as scheduled after leaving their previous outings before the All-Star break with injuries.
"The rotation looks like it's going to be OK," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday.
A strained right knee, considered slight by the club, forced Bailey out of his July 10 start vs. the Cubs in the sixth inning. He was given the most rest by Price and doesn't make his first start of the second half until Tuesday vs. the Brewers.
"He's not battling it, but I think he still has a little bit of sensation," Price said. "But he went home and threw a full bullpen the other day and got through that OK. We hope he'll be close to 100 percent by the time we get to Milwaukee."
Latos left his July 11 start vs. the Pirates after five innings because of lower back spasms but seems to be fine.
"Latos is doing everything pain-free," Price said.
The Reds signed left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond and second baseman Donnie Murphy and assigned them to Triple-A Louisville. Diamond pitched for the Twins from 2011-13 and spent this season at Triple-A Rochester until his release last week. Murphy, who was released by the Rangers on July 9, batted .196 in 45 big league games this season.