8/1/2014 12:26 A.M. ET
Chapman shakes off hamstring cramp during save
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
MIAMI -- The balky right hamstring that has bothered Reds closer Aroldis Chapman provided another scare during his save opportunity on Thursday night.
Trying to lock down a 3-1 victory for Cincinnati vs. Miami with two outs, Chapman fired a 102-mph fastball to Marcell Ozuna that was fouled off. He displayed some discomfort with his right leg, which brought out manager Bryan Price and head trainer Paul Lessard.
"I felt a little pain or something," Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. "It was actually something where I tried to avoid stepping in the hole there. I kind of pushed it up a little there."
Later, it was diagnosed as a hamstring cramp.
"We will re-assess it," Price said. "I will know more later tonight and tomorrow."
Chapman threw two warmup pitches before he was permitted to continue. He only needed one pitch -- a 101-mph fastball that Ozuna fanned on for the game-ending strike three and his 24th save.
The Ozuna strikeout extended Chapman's Major League record streak of games with at least one strikeout to 46. The last two appearances, he's gotten the needed K on his final batter.
"I think about it, of course I do," Chapman said. "I don't want this to stop. I want to continue the record. I don't want this to end that quick."
Chapman didn't think the injury would limit his availability.
"Nobody is saying I can't pitch. I feel good to pitch," he said.
Chapman originally hurt the hamstring before a July 6 game at Great American Ball Park. During the All-Star Game on July 15, it flared up again as he tried to cover first base on a groundout. It hasn't affected his velocity or ability to make pitches.
Mesoraco sits as Pena remains paired with Cueto
MIAMI -- The Reds' offense has been largely sputtering since the All-Star break and is missing three key players, but manager Bryan Price still decided again on Thursday to not start catcher Devin Mesoraco with ace Johnny Cueto pitching vs. the Marlins.
As he has most of the season when Cueto starts, Brayan Pena was behind the plate. Price likes having the tandem paired together.
"If you mean am I going to override the offense with starting pitching productivity, yeah I think so. I think I am," Price said. "I know that we've been struggling to score runs and Devin is on a nice little stretch right here, but I think I need to prioritize the starting pitching. It's a good relationship."
Besides Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips being on the disabled list, Jay Bruce is away on bereavement leave. Bruce is expected to return on Friday.
Mesoraco, who is 7-for-19 with two homers in his last five games, has caught for Cueto in four starts this season, with the last time coming on July 13 vs. the Pirates. Cueto is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA over those four outings.
Parra plays catch, remains day to day with spasms
MIAMI -- Reds reliever Manny Parra played catch on the field at Marlins Park on Thursday. It was the first time he resumed throwing since being bothered by back spasms.
"It felt pretty good," Parra said.
Parra has not appeared in a game since July 20, but he felt his back ache earlier this week.
"It locked up on me when I warmed up. It was the Sunday day game [vs. the Nationals]," Parra said. "I was getting ready to go into the game."
If the Reds decide to put Parra on the disabled list, it could be backdated to the day after his last appearance. Under the rules however, they could not make the move retroactive if Curtis Partch remains on the roster. It was Partch who came up when Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list after being in Triple-A Louisville for less than 10 days.
Other potential callups like Nick Christiani, Tony Cingrani and Chad Rogers are all injured and on the DL.
Neither manager Bryan Price nor Parra were sure when he could get the green light to get back into a game.
"He's as day to day as they come," Price said. "It always seems like it's a day away from him being a piece of what we're doing. I don't know if he's ready to play. If it seems like it's going to be really a much slower process, we'll have to look at some alternatives with Jay coming back [Friday], just simply because we need to have 25 active, relatively healthy players. As healthy as they can be 100-plus games into the season."
"I just know I felt good today. I'm pleased with the way throwing went," Parra said.
• Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who had left thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament on July 11, traveled with the club to Miami. Phillips was on the field taking ground balls. Expected to be out for six weeks after the surgery, he is not expected to be activated from the disabled list until later in August.