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Baker Apologizes For Snubbing Media

Reds manager Dusty Baker has apologized to the media for not talking to reporters following Saturday's loss to the Padres.

"Sorry about yesterday. I don't like to talk when I'm angry," Baker said.

Cincinnati had a closed-door meeting on Saturday.

"It was a much-needed meeting," pitcher Homer Bailey said. "We knew it was coming. Maybe there's a lot of excuses, but at the end of the day everybody needs to kind of look inside themselves and go out and play the game."

Via Cincinnati Enquirer

Morgan Returns To Reds As Adviser

Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has rejoined the Reds as a special adviser for baseball operations.

Morgan was a key player on Cincinnati's World Series teams in 1975 and 1976.

Morgan is the latest former Reds star to work with the ballclub. Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench has been a special consultant, and Eric Davis and Mario Soto work with current players as special assistants.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Volquez Blames Test Result On Fertility Drug

Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez is blaming his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's anti-drug policy on a fertility drug.

He insists that taking the drug was an innocent mistake.

"I don't think it would be something inadvertent," Gary Wadler, a board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said. "It's not a very effective drug for fertility. Testicles shrivel with steroid use, and this is used to get testicles back to normal. If it was (to have children), he would have requested a TUE (therapeutic use exemption)."

MLB is not permitted to publicly release which drug caused the positive test.

Via USA Today

Edinson Volquez Suspended 50 Games

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball?s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Volquez will be effective tomorrow, April 21, 2010.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Chapman Wild, But Effective In 2nd Triple-A Start

Reds prospect Aroldis Chapman made his second start for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday against Columbus.

Chapman allowed one earned run and one hit in five innings, but walked four in the 87-pitch appearance.

Chapman had two pitches reach 99 mph and he twice hit 100 mph, according to a radar gun at Slugger Field.

Via MLB.com

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