7/29/2014 8:23 P.M. ET
Partch gets call for fifth time this season
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Right-handed reliever Curtis Partch is probably familiar with every nuance of the drive up and down Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Louisville by now.
Partch was recalled by the Reds from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday after right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on the bereavement list. It marked the 27-year-old Partch's fifth big league stint this season. He was up twice in the Majors for the club last season, too.
"I don't need to use the GPS anymore," Partch said.
Partch has appeared in only five games over all this season's callups and allowed no runs, two hits and seven walks. He threw 31 pitches over 1 2/3 innings for Louisville vs. Charlotte on Monday night but was available for Cincinnati on Tuesday.
While the drive to Cincinnati and back might be all too familiar, Partch had a pretty unique first happen to him during Monday's game. In the eighth inning while facing Blake Tekotte, his fastball hit Tekotte, catcher Tucker Barnhart and home-plate umpire David Soucy -- all three wincing after the one pitch.
Louisville posted a clip of the pitch to its Vine account.
"At first I didn't even know it because it was 0-2 and I hit him, I was so mad," Partch said. "I kind of like, spun around a little bit. Then I looked back, Tuck is holding his [leg], the umpire is holding his arm and the hitter is going to first base. I was like, 'What the hell just happened?' I had to give them a second to get a little break. The umpire needed more of a break than Tucker did."
For Louisville this season, Partch is 2-1 with a 5.45 ERA in 30 games.
Parra has stiff back; Ondrusek progressing
CINCINNATI -- Reds lefty reliever Manny Parra hasn't crossed the threshold of the bullpen into a game since July 20 at Yankee Stadium. Parra's absence was particularly conspicuous when he wasn't among the five relievers used in Monday's 2-1 Reds loss to Arizona in 15 innings.
"He has a little bit of back stiffness," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "It is not something I wanted to announce to our opposing team. His back has been acting up and he's been unavailable."
Price estimated that the back has been an issue for Parra for "maybe three days."
Parra was also quietly held out for a 10-day stretch last month with left shoulder soreness.
"The shoulder is feeling good," Price said.
Meanwhile, injured right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek resumed a throwing program on Tuesday when he played catch on the outfield grass. Ondrusek has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder since July 22 (retroactive to July 13).
Price was glad that Ondrusek was ready to throw again after he had been shut down for several days.
"He still had just a bit of soreness [Monday], so that's a good sign," Price said. "There will be a throwing protocol. He's going to have to take some steps as far as effort level, long toss and bullpen to be able to sign off on reactivation. If we activate him and he's sore in his first outing, we have to put him back on for 15 days."
• Double-A Pensacola manager Delino DeShields was named the skipper for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League that will begin play after the regular season. The Reds will be among organizations that send prospects to play in the AFL for Surprise.