CINCINNATI -- The Reds Hall of Fame announced on Sunday that former player Chuck Harmon will be the 2014 recipient of the Powel Crosley, Jr. Award for his "dedication, devotion and service" to the Reds over an extended period.
Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Reds 60 years ago on April 17, 1954. He will be presented with his award as the Reds join all of Major League Baseball on Tuesday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day during pregame ceremonies ahead of the Reds-Pirates meeting at Great American Ball Park.
"We are extremely pleased to recognize Chuck Harmon for his tremendous courage, strength of character and devotion to the Reds for over 60 years," said Rick Walls, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum executive director. "Whether it is appearing in the community or signing autographs for his many fans, Chuck truly represents everything that is positive about the game of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds."
Harmon, who turns 90 on April 23, is scheduled to sign autographs and meet with fans on Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum. The signing is free with Museum admission.
As part of the celebration to commemorate the 67th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, the Reds will be having other festivities.
All players and coaches from both clubs will be wearing Robinson's No. 42 on the field. Clay Holland from Holland and Holland, Inc. will accept the 2014 Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award., presented annually by the Reds and MLB.
Players and coaches from Kentucky State University and Trevecca Nazarene University baseball teams will also be recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies. The two teams are playing the first collegiate game at the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy on April 15 at 2 p.m.
Latos shut down from throwing after MRI results
CINCINNATI -- The good news for Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is that the results of his MRI exam didn't bring worse news. Latos, who has been feeling elbow soreness near his right forearm, was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain.
"It's not ideal, but it's not the worst thing in the world," Latos said on Sunday.
Latos has been shut down from throwing for 10-14 days.
"It's a setback in his recovery," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's more time off to let it recover, let it simmer down, get the inflammation out and start back up. We'll keep working hard on staying in shape and doing all the other things that he's capable of doing. His timetable will be pushed back fairly significantly."
When last season ended, Latos had surgery in October that removed bone chips from his elbow. Just before the start of Spring Training, he slipped while throwing and tore meniscus cartilage in his left knee. That required surgery that kept him from pitching in a Spring Training game.
Latos pitched four innings in a rehab assignment game on April 3 for Double-A Pensacola, but soreness in his elbow scratched him from starting on Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville. A side bullpen session on Friday ended with Latos feeling soreness. He was sent to get re-examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.
Fortunately, Latos was told he did not need surgery on his flexor mass tendon, similar to what reliever Jonathan Broxton had in August. The ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was also sound.
"Everything is fine with the UCL," Latos said. "The exact words from Kremchek were 'the UCL looks strong,' from the MRI. But there is inflammation and fluid."
"We're very optimistic he will be back throwing in the next 10-14 days, and by that time, he should not have any further issues, but time will tell," Price said.
Schumaker remains in early stages of rehab
CINCINNATI -- Injured Reds utility player Skip Schumaker remains in the earlier stages of his rehab from a dislocated left shoulder. Schumaker started the season on the disabled list after he was injured during a March 21 Spring Training game.
"I'm playing catch and stuff. No swings or anything," Schumaker said. "A lot of bike riding. A lot of stretching. A lot of ultrasounding."
Schumaker was expected to miss at least four weeks when he was first injured.
"It's progressing how they said ... slow. I wish I had more for you," Schumaker said.