Non-roster invites to Goodyear

This is a bit delayed, I apologize, but I was off the grid at a Reds Caravan stop in Vevay, Indiana and had no internet access. I will have a story about that stop later today on

But here is the list of Reds non-roster invites to Spring Training:

RHP Scott Carroll, RHP Jerry Gil, LHP Jeremy Horst, LHP Donnie Joseph, RHP Matt Klinker, RHP Justin Lehr, RHP Chad Reineke, LHP Dontrelle Willis, C Chris Denove, C Devin Mesoraco, C Corky Miller, OF Danny Dorn, OF Jeremy Hermida and OF Dave Sappelt.

There are no stunners on this list. The Reds signed Willis and Hermida a while back and the other guys were in the organization already.

*Lehr had Tommy John surgery and missed most of last season.

*Gil was previously in Reds camp a few years ago as an infielder. He converted to pitching a couple of seasons back and this will be his first time in big league camp as a pitcher.

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He is still working his way back, I’m told. By signing the minor league deal, he seems to be willing to go down to keep pitching. Lehr is a smart dude and knows the situation with the depth of the rotation/bullpen.

Wasn’t that long ago when Justin Lehr was a hopeful for the Reds rotation. That’s a pretty crowded place now. Pitching depth sure has improved since 2009. It will be interesting to see what happens to Lehr once the spring training cuts come. Is he still rehabbing and willing to hang around in the minor leagues while he gets back in form?

When their playing days are finished, I would love to see Justin and Corky remain in the organization as coaches. I believe they have alot to offer for the young pitchers and catchers in the system.

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