Frazier OK and Friday notes
Todd Frazier could have been feeling much worse this morning. Frazier took a 95 mph Aroldis Chapman fastball to his right leg and walked away with only a bruised right quadriceps. Frazier’s leg was tightly wrapped when he walked into the clubhouse Friday morning.
“You never know when you get hit, especially when the ball hits the bone,” Frazier said. “You’re always worried about it. At the same time, I walked it off which was very good.”
This was the same knee Frazier had surgery on over the winter but there were no issues. He won’t play in Friday’s game.
“I’ll be back tomorrow,” Frazier said.
I jokingly asked Frazier if he kept the ball as a souvenir, a teammate had the same thought right after the incident.
“[Laynce] Nix threw me the ball in the dugout. I tossed it and started laughing,” Frazier said. “It’s never good to get hit but making a joke about it was funny.”
*Speaking of Nix, he was scratched from Friday’s lineup. He was shaken up during the intrasquad game trying to catch Miguel Cairo drive to left field.
“He ran into a wall on that play,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a precautionary thing.”
Drew Sutton replaced Nix as the designated hitter and will bat ninth vs. Cleveland.
*Someone in the office asked Baker about what Orlando Cabrera brings to the team. One of the attributes was leadership.
“He’s a leader that doesn’t mind leading,” Baker said. “A lot of leaders are people are pushed into leadership. He’s vocal. Brandon [Phillips] gets on him and says he doesn’t understand what he’s saying, but they go way back.”
The Reds left side of the infield now has two leader-types with Cabrera and Scott Rolen. Both are different personalities, however.
“We’ve got one that’s vocal and one that’s not,” Baker said. “The one that’s not, Scott, you kind of have to figure out what he’s saying. He’ll say something that will ignite your thought process. He’ll do it with a smile, laughter or a joke and you have to figure out what he’s saying. Most times, it’s something very profound.”
*Baker said he would take it slower in getting Rolen and Cabrera ready, a right they’ve earned as veterans. The manager also says he knows when guys need to be pushed or dialed back some.
“The older you get, it takes you a little longer to get fine tuned,” Baker said. “When you get there, you keep it longer.”
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