7/22/2014 8:13 P.M. ET
Strained shoulder lands Ondrusek on DL
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds placed reliever Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday because of a strained right shoulder. The move, which is retroactive to July 13, led to the recall of reliever Curtis Partch from Triple-A Louisville.
Ondrusek last pitched on July 12 vs. the Pirates and worked a scoreless inning, with two strikeouts, but his arm hasn't felt good lately.
"It had been sore off and on, but nothing that wasn't manageable through normal treatment," Ondrusek said. "After my last outing, the next day it was pretty sore, and I was working on it. I thought a few days off for the All-Star break would kind of kill everything in there. When I came back and started working out again in New York, it still felt the same. I don't think it's anything major."
In 29 appearances, Ondrusek has a 4.31 ERA, with six of his 19 inherited runners scoring. He was shut down from throwing for Tuesday and Wednesday. With the move backdated, he is eligible to return on Monday.
"We're going to be a little conservative and make sure he's OK before we move forward," manager Bryan Price said. "We can hopefully have him back in five to seven days."
Partch, in the big leagues for the fourth time this season, has retired 16 of the 23 batters he has faced.
Price may stick with eight-man bullpen
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds have been operating with 13 pitchers, eight of them relievers, and playing a man short on the bench for nearly two weeks. This week the reason was, in part, to have pitching depth in case starters Mat Latos and Homer Bailey did not return well from the injuries that downed them at the end of the first half.
But it appears that the eight-man bullpen could remain for the time being.
"That's simply a way of making sure we stay strong and not overtaxed in our bullpen or rotation," manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "We don't have a ton of significant options in our system that are on the [40-man] roster."
Both Ruben Gotay and Felix Perez are having strong offensive seasons at Triple-A Louisville. Neither is on the 40-man roster, but both have been discussed by the big league brain trust. The current bench features such recent callups as Kristopher Negron and Donald Lutz; the depth is thinned down below.
"Those guys that are on the [40-man] roster, can they help us in a more significant way by playing?" said Price. "Or can we expect them to thrive as bench players that start once in seven to 10 games and get a small handful of pinch-hitting opportunities? I don't know if we have that guy in the system right now."
Schumaker wins award, announces charity initiative
MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder/second baseman Skip Schumaker was named on Tuesday as the club's winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award. Given by the Major League Players Alumni Association each year, the award honors players "who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody the values, spirits and tradition of the game.
The overall winner among the 30 club nominees will be announced on Nov. 18 in New York.
"I was pumped," Schumaker said. "I feel like I try to play the game the right way and go about my business the right way, on and off the field. I think that award represents that. I'm honored and humbled I was even considered for that."
Also on Tuesday, Schumaker announced a charity initiative through which fans can join a fantasy football league composed of Reds players. The fund-raiser will be held on Aug. 27 in Great American Ball Park's Champions Club from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to team with Schumaker or teammates including Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, Jonathan Broxton, Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier, Sean Marshall, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey.
Ten players from around the league are hosting similar events. The idea came from Schumaker and Adam Wainwright when the two were teammates on the Cardinals.
"Adam and I are passionate about fantasy football. We love fantasy football," Schumaker said. "I have a belt, Adam doesn't. Every team has 10 to 12 players that are super-excited. We ... thought we'd have fans come together and play with Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier and be in a league."
The entry fees are $2,500 per person and $1,000 for a co-owner. Fans can register at bigleagueimpact.org. Participants will receive a tour of the ballpark and Reds Hall of Fame, lunch, the draft, an autograph signing by a Reds Hall of Famer, a batting practice viewing and tickets to that night's game vs. the Cubs.
"It's 100 percent charitable and a lot of fun. We're really excited about it," Schumaker said.
Proceeds from the event will go toward Schumaker's charity, the Jessie Rees Foundation for children battling cancer; the Reds Community Fund; Cincinnati Children's Hospital; and Wainwright's cause, Operation Food Search and Water Missions International.
Prospect Winker sidelined with wrist injury
MILWAUKEE -- Double-A Pensacola left fielder Jesse Winker is expected to miss two to four weeks after injuring a tendon in his right wrist. Winker, the Reds' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, will not require surgery, but the wrist is immobilized.
In 21 games since being promoted from Class A Bakersfield, the left-handed-hitting Winker was batting .208 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Over 53 games in high-A ball, he batted .317/.426/.580 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs.
Winker participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for Team USA on July 13 and went 1-for-2 with a double.