Jocketty manning the phone
Dusty Baker knew who his starting pitcher was for Friday but still wasn’t ready to say. Not until he confirmed with GM Walt Jocketty (my money is still on Justin Lehr).
Problem is, Jocketty is quite busy right now.
“Walt’s manning that phone today, big time. I haven’t seen Walt yet,” Baker said.
It will be interesting to see if any trades go down today, tonight or Friday. The deadline is at 4 p.m. ET. Reliever David Weathers walked through the clubhouse with a smile wondering if reporters had any latest gossip — but there was none.
“I’m counting on you guys to keep me informed,” Weathers joked.
The Reds had a lineup scratch this morning. CF Willy Taveras was removed from the leadoff spot with a sore left wrist. SS Alex Gonzalez was to get a day off but was put back in the lineup and Jerry Hairston Jr. was moved from shortstop to center field.
The new acqusition, OF Wladimir Balentien, arrived first thing this morning after a redeye flight from Seattle.
“I got here and talked to Dusty and I know a couple of other guys,” Balentien said. “I’m happy to get another chance. I’m happy an organization like Cincinnati gave me an opportunity.”
Unless it’s an emergency, I don’t see Balentien playing today or Friday. He will get at-bats against Edinson Volquez on Friday in a simulated game.
“He hasn’t hit in a week,” Dusty Baker said. “He’s been working out but had nowhere to hit.”
Catcher Ryan Hanigan was out for the sixth-straight start with a sore neck.
“Hanigan is a little better,” Baker said. “He was better a couple of days ago and he might have tried to come back too soon. Hopefully we’ll see tomorrow. Boy, we are injured.”
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