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Nick Castellanos has returned from his two-game suspension and is in the Reds' lineup on Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos is playing right field and hitting second. Fantasy managers should be sure to get him back into starting lineups for today's matinee.

Tyler Naquin went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's loss to Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Naquin has been in the starting lineup with Nick Castellanos's suspension. Naquin's bat has cooled since his super-hot start, but he has collected at least one hit in three of his last four starts.

Category: Game Recaps

Amir Garrett allowed three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out one to blow the save Wednesday against Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Garrett entered in the ninth with a three-run lead. However, he blew the chance by issuing two walks and a three-run home run to Josh VanMeter. Across 5.1 innings, Garrett has allowed 10 runs, walked eight, and surrendered three homers. It would not be surprising to see someone other than Garrett get the next save chance.

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Tyler Mahle allowed two hits and two walks while striking out nine across 6.2 scoreless innings in Wednesday's loss to Arizona. He did not factor in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Mahle was in dominant form, allowing no extra-base hits in his scoreless effort. He tallied 22 swinging strikes to register nine punchouts. Mahle has an impressive 1.74 ERA and 31:9 K:BB across 20.2 innings to begin the campaign. He'll face off against the Dodgers on Monday.

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Kyle Farmer went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and RBI single in Tuesday's weather-suspended loss to the Diamondbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Farmer got the start at third base for the ill Mike Moustakas and provided all the Reds' offense on Tuesday. On the season, Farmer is batting .200 with five RBI in 25 at-bats.

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Luis Castillo did not factor in the decision in Tuesday/Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. He allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo allowed three runs in the first but settled in to throw three scoreless after that point. His fastball velocity was back up nearly to where it sat in 2019, but he continues to issue too many walks and succumb to hard contact. This isn't a step in the right or wrong direction for Castillo, who is traditionally a slow starter. He has a 6.05 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 19.1 innings this season. He'll take on the Cardinals on Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps

The Reds placed Mike Moustakas (illness) on the 10-day injured list. (Source: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas was originally slated to return on Tuesday but he was ultimately scratched and will be given more time to rest up. The move is being made retroactive to April 17th.

Category: Injury Updates

Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI double in Sunday's loss to Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Votto doubled twice off Shane Bieber, but it was not enough to spur the Reds' offense. Votto has been heating up lately, going 10-for-26 with three homers and seven RBI in his last seven games.

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Wade Miley (2-1) was saddled with the loss Sunday against Cleveland, allowing four runs on five hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Miley allowed a first-inning homer to Jose Ramirez, then cruised through the next two innings before allowing three runs in the fourth. Miley has been decent so far this season, posting a 2.25 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in three spring starts. He has struck out 14 in 16 innings. He lines up to face the Cardinals next on Saturday.

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Jesse Winker went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in Saturday's win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Winker laced two doubles in the early part of the game, and came up clutch with a game-tying single in the top of the ninth. He's been off to a hot start after missing a few games with an illness, batting .394 with five RBI and one homer in 33 at-bats.

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Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Barnhart went deep off Triston McKenzie in the second inning to start off the scoring. Barnhart is off to a solid start this season, batting .387 with eight RBIs in 31 at-bats.

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Lucas Sims struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Sims was called on with the Reds trailing by one in the top of the ninth. He looked dominant and got through the inning in 14 pitches. The closer situation in Cincinnati is not solidified, but it's worth noting that Amir Garrett pitched the eighth inning.

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Sonny Gray allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings Saturday against Cleveland, while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.

Fantasy Impact: This was Gray's first start of the season after returning from a back injury. He wasn't as sharp as he's been in the past, but was able to record six punchouts in his 4.1 innings. Gray will likely build up a bit over his first few starts, as he was limited to just 71 pitches Saturday. He lines up to face the Cardinals next Friday.

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Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez was a big part of the Reds' seven-run third inning with his two-RBI double. He's been off to a bit of a slow start so far this season, batting .209 with two homers and six RBI. Perhaps Friday's game could set him in motion.

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Jeff Hoffman (2-1) earned the win Friday against the Indians, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out four.

Fantasy Impact: Hoffman was solid on Friday, tossing 58 of 91 pitches for strikes and delivering his first quality start of the season. He will remain in the rotation, even with Sonny Gray's return from injury. Hoffman will get his next chance Thursday against Arizona.

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Shogo Akiyama was seen taking fly balls at Great American Ball Park on Friday. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Akiyama continues to work his way back from a left hamstring strain. Reds manager David Bell has said the team hopes he's playing in Louisville by the end of the month and with the Reds in early May.

Category: Injury Updates

Aristides Aquino had surgery Friday morning to remove the hook of the hamate on his left hand. The 26-year-old will be out indefinitely. (Source: C. Trent Rosencrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Aquino had two home runs in 13 at-bats this season but was not playing every day for the Reds. According to the study, "Performance Outcomes After Hook of Hamate Fractures in Major League Baseball Players," which was published in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation in 2018, players who suffer this type of injury return in an average of five weeks and do not experience significant changes in performance when they return.

Category: Injury Updates

Reds pitcher José De León will shift to the bullpen with Sonny Gray returning to the rotation. (Source: Bobby Nightengale Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: José De León pitched well in his first start against the Pirates with five innings pitched while allowing three hits, two earned runs, and two walks with nine strikeouts. Then he got lit up for six earned runs across 4.1 innings with nine punchouts against the Diamondbacks. José De León flashed his sinker/changeup combination that both elicited a whiff rate above 33%. In 15-team leagues, managers could still hang on for 1-2 more weeks or start him for potential wins, strikeouts, and ratios.

Category: Transactions

Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Wednesday. The Reds claimed Phillip Diehl off waivers to replace Lorenzen on the roster. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming out of Spring Training, the Reds were hopeful that Lorenzen would miss just one or two turns through the rotation. This has turned into a worst-case scenario with his transfer to the 60-day injured list. He'll now be out until at least June. Chances are either Jose De Leon or Jeff Hoffman sticks in the Reds' rotation while Lorenzen is on the mend.

Category: Injury Updates

Tejay Antone did not allow a hit in Monday's win over the Giants. He struck out five and issued one walk in 3.2 scoreless innings.

Fantasy Impact: Antone continued his dominant start to the season, this time entering the game in the sixth inning and pitching into the ninth. Over 6.2 scoreless innings to start the season, Antone sports a 9:2 K:BB. He remains a dominant force in the Reds' bullpen, capable of going multiple innings.

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