Even after Pena's return, Barnhart still a Red
Proper development the primary concern for promising backstop
CINCINNATI -- Catcher Tucker Barnhart, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday when Brayan Pena was placed on the paternity list, remains with the Reds, even though Pena has returned to the club.
"I haven't made that decision [on whether to keep Barnhart with the Major League club]," manager Bryan Price said. "That'll be something I talk about with our staff and with [general manager Walt Jocketty]. The one thing that is very important with Tucker is that he continues to develop, because we feel that he's going to be a part of this team and this organization for a long time."
In 10 games with Cincinnati this season, Barnhart is hitting .107 (3-for-28) with a home run. In 47 games with Louisville, he batted .227 with eight doubles, three triples, a homer and 18 RBIs.
"If I get to the point where I put Pena more as a -- I don't want to say full-time -- but a primary first baseman, then that would create a little bit more opportunity for Tucker," Price said. "But still, Devin [Mesoraco] is going to get a lion's share of the playing time [at catcher].
"We'll see where it goes. Right now, we just want to make sure Brayan's feeling good and that he's completely healthy, and that he can hold down the responsibility of catching maybe two or three times every 10 days. If that's OK, then we'll have to make the decision on what to do with Tucker."
Reds honor local All-Star teacher
CINCINNATI -- Rachel Blanks of Dayton, Ohio will represent the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15 as one of 30 winners of the "Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" campaign. The honor is presented jointly by MLB, Target and Time, Inc. to current and retired teachers that impact their students and communities.
Blanks teaches at Wogaman 5-8 School in the Dayton Public Schools system. She also designed and operates a Youth Entrepreneurs program that teaches basic business principles to children so that they can start their own small businesses.
Blanks will join 29 other winners representing the other Major League clubs at Target Field for an on-field ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. During the ceremony, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel will perform the song "Forever Young," written by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a native of Minnesota.
Fans across the country cast their votes on AllStarTeachers.com, selecting the 30 winners out of a pool of 90 finalists. Several celebrities such as Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on the television show Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, who plays a teacher on the show Glee and is a Mets fan; and Extra TV's AJ Calloway, a Yankees fan whose mother is a retired principal and whose sister is currently a principal, joined Carlos Beltran of the Yankees and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers as "All-Star Teachers" Ambassadors for the program.
For more information, updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game, fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball.
• Closer Aroldis Chapman was available to pitch in Monday night's 9-3 win over the Cubs, and Price said he would have brought him in for the ninth inning had the Reds not added to their lead with three in the eighth.
• The Reds on Tuesday sent infielder Jack Hannahan to Class A Dayton for a rehab assignment. Hannahan has missed all of this season recovering from right shoulder surgery last October.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.