Good days for Cueto, Heisey
The second wave of live batting practice went down on Thursday.
Johnny Cueto broke a couple of bats and I don’t think anyone did anything spectacular against him. It was good for the Reds to see Cueto that sharp considering he was not allowed to pitch in winter ball.
Chris Heisey (pictured, left) had the most success as a hitter. Heisey homered twice against Francisco Cordero and did likewise against Aaron Harang.
“They’re out there trying to work on things and I was trying to put some wood on the ball,” Heisey said. “I don’t take any stock in it. it’s better than swinging and missing 10 times. I’m not going to call my whole family tonight and tell them.”
Heisey said he didn’t even remember how many long balls he hit.
Before live BP, everyone took pop fly drills. Louisville manager Rick Sweet put a ball in a machine and sent them way up. The high sky and bright sun made it adventurous. At least there was no wind.
Guys had trouble tracking the pop ups and there was the occassional miss or two players getting a little two close converging on the same ball.
There was one casualty from the session. Infielder Chris Burke, a non-roster invite, suffered a dislocated right ring finger when a ball kicked off of it. X-ray showed a small fracture. He will be re-examined in a couple of days after the swelling goes down.
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