Wednesday AM notes
Good morning. I am back after taking a day off on Tuesday. I hiked at Squaw Peak, which was a nice time and a great view of the entire greater Phoenix area.
Back here at the ranch, there is some news to catch up on.
*LHP Bill Bray is restricted from workouts because of a sore left groin muscle. Bray is getting treatment and can still long toss up to 150 feet.
“I should be back by the weekend,” Bray said. “It happened on the mound during my second bullpen. They’re being cautious and don’t want it to get worse. I feel good.”
*Reds manager Dusty Baker doesn’t have an exact plan for how playing time will be divided for his catching tandem of Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan. This much is known — Hanigan will not just be Bronson Arroyo’s personal catcher.
“Wasn’t he more than a one out of five [starters last year]?” Baker said. “Don’t assume he’s one out of five now. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. A lot of it depends on what kind of progress Mesoraco shows. If he continues on the path, he’s the catcher of the future, big time. When that future is, it’s undecided.”
*There is a two-inning intrasquad game planned for Friday. Pitchers will be Andrew Brackman, Josh Judy, Donnie Joseph and Nick Christiani.
“This is mostly for the pitchers that need the work,” Baker said. “Not many of my regulars are going to play.”
*The Reds have scheduled a 10 a.m. “B” game vs. the Mariners on March 5.
*And no spring starting rotation has been revealed, including the starter on Saturday vs. the Indians in the Cactus League opener.
“That’s Bryan’s department there,” Baker said of pitching coach Bryan Price. “It always has been. Then I get it and I OK it.”