NL Central Notes: Greene, Reds, Stephenson, Pirates, Newman, Frazier, Cubs

the pirate‘ 1-0 win over Reds today will be perhaps the most unusual game of the 2022 season, as Pittsburgh won without a single hit. red starter Hunter Greene pitched 7 1/3 innings without a hit, but was retired after 118 pitches and issuing consecutive walks in the eighth inning. reliever Art Warren entered the game and issued another goal, then Ke’Bryan Hayes drove the game’s only run via defender pick. The Reds’ lineup, meanwhile, was limited to just four hits, with the Bucs starter Jose Quintana do much of the work to shut out Cincinnati in seven innings.

Since the Bucs didn’t need to hit in the bottom of the ninth, the official nine-inning no-hitter threshold was not reached, so Greene and Warren won’t be credited with a no-hitter. This oddity marks only the sixth time since 1901 that a team has won despite a hit, and ironically the Reds were on the other side of the equation in the first instance. On April 23, 1964, the Reds picked up a 1-0 victory over the Houston Colt .45, even though Houston’s Ken Johnson held Cincinnati without a hit for nine full innings of work – a pair of ninth-inning errors led to the only race of the Reds. .

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  • Reds recipient Tyler Stephenson approved concussion protocol after being hit in the mask with a foul ball during Saturday’s game. Stephenson didn’t play today but shouldn’t miss much time, although the team will be cautious considering Stephenson already missed two weeks with a concussion earlier this season. Manager David Bell told reporters (including The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Charlie Goldsmith) that the Reds are working with Stephenson to find new types of padded masks and helmets, and that the club is committed to keeping Stephenson behind the plate. Joey Votto already talked about first base anyway, and Stephenson’s bat is more valuable from the catcher position than at first base. However, with three concussions already in his career, Stephenson and the Reds can only hope a change of position doesn’t eventually become a necessity for health reasons.
  • the pirate hope Kevin Newman can begin a rehab mission in the minor leagues this week, Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said on his weekly radio show (hats off to Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Newman hit the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left groin on April 27, so the timing of a rehab assignment coincides with the rough 3-5 week timeline originally planned for Newman’s recovery. . The veteran shortstop got off to a decent start before hitting the IL, batting .250/.308/.375 (96 wRC+, 98 OPS+) in his first 52 plate appearances. Beginner Diego Castillo saw most shortstop duties while Newman was sidelined, but Pittsburgh fans continue to wait for star shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz to get an extended call to the majors.
  • In certain Cubs– news related to injuries, Alec Moulins will kick off a live batting practice on Tuesday. (Chicago Tribune’s Meghan Montemurro was among those breaking the news.) Mills has yet to pitch this season due to a lower back injury, and he had a minor league rehab outing before being slowed by a strain quadratic. David Bote (shoulder surgery) and Clint Frazier (appendectomy) are both expected to begin their own rehab assignments in a few days. Frazier said to Montemurro that he thinks he’ll need five games to ramp up, which would put him on track to join the Cubs when they start a series with the Reds on May 23.

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