One down, many more to go
Mid 70s with a nice breeze — you couldn’t ask for a more pleasant day to start Spring Training on Saturday.
The 29 pitchers and seven of the eight catchers hit the field after morning physicals on the report day. It was basic stuff — pitchers doing PFP drills (fielding practice), bunting drills and bullpen sessions. Aaron Harang, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey were among those that threw in the ‘pen.
Some of the observations from day one:
Cueto looked in better shape than last year. He looked to be throwing pretty well too. His catcher, Ramon Hernandez repeatedly was praising the right-hander in Spanish after several of the throws.
Also in great shape was Harang. He went from around 280 lbs. to 255 lbs.
Non-roster catcher Humberto Cota was the only catcher missing. He was still en route from Mexico.
Here’s a quiz for you — do you know who the most tenured Reds are now that Griffey, Dunn and Freel are gone?
1. Harang – since 2003 (six years)
2. David Weathers – 1998, 2005-pres (five years)
3. Edwin Encarnacion – since 2005 (four years and he’s only 26)
4. Bronson Arroyo – since 2006 (three years)
Harang, Weathers and Bailey are the only three pitchers left that started camp in 2006. Bailey was just in camp for a first look but not a roster contender. Arroyo arrived mid-camp after being traded from the Red Sox.
“How weird is that? That’s a lot of turnaround,” Weathers said.
Finally — in prank of the day…someone left bears, balloons, and hearts at Jay Bruce’s locker for Valentine’s Day. The nice touch was the framed picture of his girlfriend on the chair.