I’m in Pirate City preparing for another exciting day of Grapefruit League option. Nice pitching matchup, though, with Ian Snell twirling for the Buccos and Aaron Harang going for your Reds.
Remember how yesterday I said that the starting lineup was more or less what you’d see on Opening Day? Today, not so much:
Darnell McDonald CF
Danny Richar 2B
Laynce Nix RF
Jonny Gomes LF
Daryle Ward 1B
Adam Rosales 3B
Paul Janish SS
Wilkin Castillo C
Aaron Harang P
Bus just arrived here in Bradenton, where’s it’s a little brisk. The way the press box is designed here, the wind blows right into it and it might be the coldest spot in the Grapefruit League. Not complaining, mind you. Still beats the weather in my hometown of Pittsburgh, but I did have to break out the sweat jacket. I know, quite a tale of woe.
Here’s a question for you to ponder until next we meet: Which “long-shot” do you hope makes the 25-man roster when the Reds break camp? Leave comments below.
Some last-minute pre-game tidbits…(1:02 pm)
- While the Reds are off on Tuesday, Bronson Arroyo will not be. He’ll throw in a Minor League game, then get Wednesday off.
- Jerry Hairston Jr. finally made it back to camp today. Cincy Enquirer beat writer John Fay saw him before heading to the game here today. Dusty Baker confirmed that the flu he caught in Mexico really nailed him and that he’d lost 10-12 pounds. He was hoping to get some work in today and tomorrow and would ease back into game action later in the week. He’ll get some time in the outfield and infield, as he’s likely to be the guy to play some short when Alex Gonzalez needs a day off.
- Speaking of Gonzalez, he seems to be getting closer and closer to full strength with the knee. He came out of yesterday’s game after seven innings, but wanted to stay in for all nine. “Just the fact he wanted to go nine tells me how he feels,” said Baker, who also felt he was running better yesterday than he has.
- Rotation for the next couple days has been set: Edinson Volquez goes tomorrow against the Blue Jays. Arroyo, as mentioned above, goes Tuesday against Reds Minor Leaguers on the off-day. Johnny Cueto gets the start on Wednesday against the Red Sox.