Roster set, OD lineup, Arroyo pushed back
The final roster decisions went down:
RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Bill Bray, C/IF Wilkin Castillo and IF Adam Rosales were optioned to AAA Louisville. OF Jonny Gomes re-assigned.
Bronson Arroyo’s Thursday starting assignment was pushed back to next Sunday vs. the Pirates. Micah Owings will start on Thursday vs. the Mets.
Willy Taveras is sick with the flu and will not being in the starting lineup on Monday. Here is Dusty Baker’s lineup:
The final spots went to: SS Paul Janish, OF Laynce Nix and Darnell McDonald and LHP Daniel Herrera. RHP Nick Masset will get the final bullpen spot.
Baker on cuts:
“This is a tough day when you make the final cuts, probably the toughest day of the year for me. There were a lot of guys deserving. You wish you could have a 28-29 man roster.”
On why Gomes was cut:
“That was real tough. Jonny started off this spring on fire and cooled off at the end. It was a situation that now that Willy Taveras is sick and a little bit hurt, one factor or another can affect someone else.”
Lastly, here was Owings’ line from his Minor League game today in Sarasota:
5ip, 5h, 1er, 0bb, 2k, 73 pitches
Here is what Darnell McDonald had to say. He was a big long shot to make this team going into spring. Now he’s in the starting lineup:
“God is good. A lot of prayers were answered today. I’ve just been working hard to get to this point. I can’t even put into words what it means to start with the team on Opening Day. It’s 11 years in the making.”
“Now it’s just the beginning. It’s been a journey.”
Did he rate his chances going in?
“I’ve had 11 years and 11 big league camps. This is definitely the most at-bats I’ve gotten. Everyone going to big league camp goes there to make the team. It’s not like I rated my chances. I said ‘ok here is the opportunity to show a new organization what I can do and showcase my abilities and hope for the best.”
Finally, here is a picture of the Reds’ new HD scoreboard…pretty cool.