Jeremy Hellickson was solid in his first rehab start Saturday night for High-A Charlotte tossing three scoreless innings allowing two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Hellickson, who is working his way back from right-elbow surgery he had back in January to "clean up loose bodies," threw 38 pitches, 25 for strikes in his successful first minor league rehab start. Reports are that he will make two more rehab starts then be considered to return to the big league club. Under that schedule, Hellickson could be back as early around two weeks from the day of this rehab start.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Denard Span (back) is not in the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
Span left Monday's game with back spasms and they are causing him to miss Tuesday's game as well. Span should not be out for more than a game or two which will be a relief to Nats fans as they deal with injuries all over the diamond this season. Michael Taylor will play center and lead off for the Nationals in the second game of the Reds series. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlins recall INF Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.
He will take the roster spot forfeited by Marcell Ozuna after he was demote on Sunday. Valdespin has not appeared in the majors this season while putting up solid numbers at Triple-A. In 60 games he's hitting .287/.342/.378 with one homer, and six thefts. Not sure how much playing time he will receive but he could have slight fantasy relevance if playing time is available. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlon Byrd is not in the Reds lineup on Tuesday.
Tuesday's off day is just a day of rest for the veteran slugger. Byrd has been on a hot streak since coming off the DL June 19th and is currently in the midst of an 11-game hit streak. Skip Schumaker will draw the start against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Analysis: Matt Selz