Reds Chatter: Eugenio Suarez Healthy, Meeting Expectations

Now, understand, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez missed 16 games with a fractured right thumb. He returned 26 games ago. And the result? Well, he's tied for the NL lead in RBI with Javier Baez with 38. And since he returned to the active roster on April 25, he has  six home runs and  31 RBI.

His biggest blow came in the Reds' 5-4 victory Thursday against the Pirates -- a grand slam that put the Reds up 4-0. It was the third grand slam of his career.

"He's been really clutch for us," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We just keep running him out there."

The Reds showed how they felt about Suarez in the spring. After winning their arbitration case against Suarez they signed him to a seven-year, $66 million deal that covers the first four years of potential free agency for Suarez, who is 26.

In other Reds news:

--Reliever Michael Lorenzen, on the disabled list since mid-Marchwith a strained teres major muscle near his right shoulder, made his 2018 debut in the 10th inning of Wednesday's game. Word was his fastball averaged 96 miles per hour.

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Scooter Gennett is having a grand time -- 70 home runs in his career and six of them have been grand slams.

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