A day game and a night game
Today is a two for the price of two type of day in Goodyear. In a rarity I’ve never seen before, the Reds are hosting not one, but two split-squad games. At 4:05 pm ET, they have the Brewers and the Indians make their lengthy road trip from down the street at 10:05 pm.
Things are starting later here at the complex so here are two lineups for now.
Day game vs. MIL
Rhodes, Masset among those following in the bullpen. Obviously, many eyes will be watching to see how Chapman fares in his first start. He is slated to pitch three innings.
Night game vs. CLE
Herrera, Owings, Burton among those in bullpen.
*The plan is to have most of the players in the day game lineup play in Thursday’s day game vs. Cleveland. The night game guys will get a game off tomorrow.
“I spread it out because you don’t want fatigue setting in now,” Baker said. “That’s when you have injuries, especially leg problems. It’s a tough stretch of games we have going now.”
*Baker didn’t view that Chapman was starting as a different type of test after two relief appearances.
“It’s not like it’s his first time going out there and doing it. He’s been out there,” Baker said. “I don’t think it matters to him. It doesn’t matter that much at spring training anyway because it’s not like you tell somebody to hurry up and get loose. Whoever is going out there, it’s just like you’re starting a game. You know when you’re going into the game.”
*Obviously, I will have much more later on the Chapman outing. Check back at MLB.com/Reds.com.
*The plan is to keep Chapman’s confidante/interpreter, Class A pitching coach Tony Fossas, in big league camp at least until Tuesday’s off day. Fossas needs to get back to his own players and help prepare for the Dragons’ season. If Chapman makes the team, there is a plan to provide a support system among the Latin players in the clubhouse.
*In one of those weird days when writers had too much idle time on Tuesday in Tucson during the D-Backs game, the topic in the press box was which current Reds player would you most want getting your back if the benches cleared. The unanimous pick among the scribes was outfielder Jonny Gomes. The No. 2 pick featured a wide variety of choices and Gomes was told this morning about the discussion.
“You don’t need to get by No. 1. You don’t need a second. I can be No. 2, too,” Gomes said, getting big laughs.
Gomes pointed out something important though. He doesn’t go looking for trouble.
“With the Rays, I hold the Major League and minor league record for hit-by-pitches. I never charged once,” he said. “The only time I’ve ever been in a squabble or whatever, it’s always having the back of my teammates. I’ve been hit three or four times in a game. I don’t care if it’s on purpose or not – I just drop my bat and go to first.”
Gomes had a memorable early on in 2008 with the Rays when he got into fights with the Yankees and Red Sox to support teammates.
*Baker meets with the writers in the morning before workouts and often uses the time to also eat breakfast at his desk. He apolgized for it today and provided the line of the day.
“Chow hall closes at 9:45 a.m. I can’t be coming out of there at 9:50, especially when it’s my rule,” Baker said.
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