Ryan Hanigan blasted a three-run homer on Friday, helping to power the Reds to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Cubs.
His three-run blast capped off a five-run uprising in the fourth inning off Scott Feldman. It was Hanigan's lone hit in four trips to the plate in the game. He's off to a very slow start offensively, hitting .167/.263/.258 with two homers and eight RBI through his first 21 games. He remains a fringe option in two-catcher leagues.
Aroldis Chapman allowed a couple of baserunners, but struck out the side in the ninth inning on Friday to preserve a three-run lead and earn his 11th save of the season.
Chapman hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was a season ago, but has still posted a 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 39/10 K/BB ratio through his first 23 innings. With Sean Marshall on the disabled list and Jonathan Broxton struggling, his job remains extremely secure.
Bronson Arroyo turned in a quality start in Friday's victory over the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits over his six innings.
Arroyo walked two while striking out a pair in the game. The Cubs jumped on him for three runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer by Scott Feldman, but he battled back nicely and shut their offense down for the remainder of his night. While the strikeout rate will never be impressive, the veteran right-hander has proven to be an asset in mixed leagues, going 5-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through his first 66 1/3 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Reds activated LHP Manny Parra from the 15-day disabled list.
Parra had been out since late April with a pectoral injury. With Sean Marshall (shoulder) out, the Reds will likely have to use Parra in more critical situations than they'd like. He held an 8.10 ERA over 6 2/3 frames before landing on the DL.
Reds placed LHP Sean Marshall on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a sprained left shoulder.
It's the second time this season that the shoulder has sent him to the DL, though the Reds called it tendinitis the first time around. The club figures to take it slowly with Marshall this time, so he could be looking at an extended absence. Manny Parra (pectoral) has been activated and will take Marshall's spot in the bullpen.
Sean Marshall was not available out of the Reds' bullpen on Wednesday due to a "cranky" left shoulder.
The Reds don't seem concerned. "We're erring on the side of caution," Marshall said. "I told them I was little sore. We have some very capable arms come out of the bullpen a time or two this season so far. ... I needed this extra day of rest. I'll be back to the way I've been feeling."