Springer signed, Reds working out

The Reds signed veteran reliever Russ Springer to a Minor League contract on Thursday and will assign him to Triple-A Louisville.

Springer, 41, last pitched in the big leagues last season, splitting time with the Rays and A’s. He had a 4.11 EEA in 74 appearances.

“He probably won’t be activated for a couple of days,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We want to work him out and see where’s at.”

Springer pitched before a Reds scout on Monday before the signing was done.

Jocketty isn’t likely done searching the market for another reliever before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

“I think probably what I’d be looking for more than anything is probably a little more experience in the bullpen, bullpen depth,” Jocketty said on Thursday. “I still like our club the way it is. We have some guys coming back, [Edinson] Volquez coming back, we still have [Aroldis] Chapman trying to get ready to go out of the bullpen. So it may not be that critical of a need but if there was one area, Chapman could be a help, but he still doesn’t have the experience. That’s part of the reason we signed Russ Springer today to a Triple-A contract. He was going to retire and then decided to come back.”

*Jocketty also didn’t express much optimism about the state of the trade market.

“I talked to a few GMs during the break and there’s a lot of talk right now,” he said. “There’s not a lot of guys that are available. Part of the problem is I see talking to different clubs is no one wants to take on money and no one wants to take the money even if you trade prospects. Financially it might be tougher this year than it has in the past.”

**Other items of note as the Reds hold their post-All Star break workout on the field at GABP 

*Bronson Arroyo will start on Friday vs. the Rockies. Edinson Volquez will return to the big leagues and make his 2010 debut on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker hasn’t revealed the rotation beyond that.

“Its my turn in the rotation anyway so it just kind of makes sense,” Arroyo said. “I dont know where everybody else was but Tuesday, Wednesday I was the only guy here probably.” 

*Aaron Harang is still stiff and hasn’t thrown yet. His return date is still up in the air.

*The Reds four All-Stars — Scott Rolen, Joey Votto, Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Phillips were excused from today’s workout.

*The Reds also caught a break. They will miss All-Star 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez, who will not be pitching for the Rockies in the upcoming series this weekend.


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