Odds and ends
The additions of the Reds’ new Ryans — Madson and Ludwick — remain unofficial to this point and still pending physicals. Ryan Madson appears to be scheduled to have his physical on Friday. And Ludwick is slated to come to town next week.
I had a chat with Ludwick on the phone late this afternoon. There is a story up now on reds.com and MLB.com. Here is one of the quotes:
“Any time you’ve been counted down and out like I have for a year and a half, it’s tough on you mentally,” Ludwick said. “I’ve been busting my butt to get back to where I was. I’ll try to open some eyes, be a good teammate and help the club win. I think having another World Series in Cincinnati would be unbelievable. I’d like to get back to the playoffs myself. It’s been since 2009 for me.”
In some former Reds news —
*SS Orlando Cabrera announced his retirement on Wednesday while on a Colombian radio station. That eliminates one more free agent shortstop but when I last checked on him, the Reds had no talks with Cabrera about coming back.
*OF Jonny Gomes appears close to signing with the A’s, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. If that is the case, Oakland should be a nice move for Gomes. He is from nearby Petaluma, Calif.