More cuts, news, lineups
The second wave of cuts came Tuesday morning. Here is the list provided by the Reds:
Optioned to Class AAA Louisville: RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Robert Manuel.
Optioned to Class AA Carolina 3B Juan Francisco.
Reassigned to minor league camp RHP James Avery, IF/OF Wes Bankston, 1B Kevin Barker, IF Luis Bolivar, LHP Ben Jukich, C Chris Kroski, LHP Adam Pettyjohn and RHP Jordan Smith.
- 44 players remain in camp.
- Homer Bailey’s line from Monday’s Minor League intrasquad game was three runs and four hits allowed over five innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Bailey threw 73 pitches.
- The probables for the next few days will look quite similar to the regular rotation: Volquez (Weds at TB), Arroyo (Thurs vs. BOS) Cueto (Fri at HOU) and Bailey (Sat vs. PIT)
- Micah Owings will pitch out of the bullpen behind Volquez tomorrow. Don’t read anything into that.
Reds lineup vs PHI:
Taveras CF, Dickerson LF, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Bruce RF, Encarnacion 3B, Gonzalez SS, Hanigan C, Harang P
- As you can see, it’s mostly what the Opening Day lineup looks like, minus Ramon Hernandez. Dusty Baker plans to keep Gonzalez in the seventh spot and Hernandez in the eighth spot.
“Preferably, I would like to hit Gonzalez in the second spot unless Jerry Hairston is playing,” Baker said. “That second spot is a very intelligent spot to hit in, a very unselfish spot. Dickerson might be a little young to do it on a daily basis but I’ve got him there to teach him how to do it on days when he will do it — when to take, when to bunt. You’re a double leadoff man.”
Batting second requires a lot more running ahead of the big hitters and Gonzalez’s rehabbing knee isn’t ready for that pounding yet.
- Weathers, Lincoln and Cordero are on the travel roster to pitch from the bullpen. Outfielders Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix are among those available off of the bench.
Sorry for being late, but here’s the Phillies lineup:
Utley 2B, Bruntlett SS, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Stairs RF, Feliz 3B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Myers P