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.”


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What about a starting pitching tandem of “Miroldis Chapleake”?? What I mean is using Chapman and Leake in the same game…as in Leake starts and goes 5 and Chapman comes in for (hopefully) the final four innings. Next outing Chapman starts and goes 5 with Leake finishing up and so on.
Advantages would be Chapman gets to stretch himself out at the major league level and since both he and Leake are not ready for 200-plus innings you would save arm fatigue with both. Also imagine opposing players having to deal with Leake’s slow breaking balls and then Chapman’s pure heat in the same game?!! Aroldis’ pitches would probably resemble 150 mph instead of 105!!

No team has the luxury of expending a whole roster spot on such a taxing experiment as proposed here.

I’m virtually certain it’s been done before. And who’s going to be more valuable to the Reds – Chapman’s sometimes unhittable stuff – or a .240 hitting Wilson Valdez playing an inning or two twice a week and making an occasional appearance as a pinch hitter? The long term benefits – i.e. stretching out and at the same time protecting the arms of two terriffic young pitchers is well worth the “tax”.

Also: the innings limitations on Leake are over!

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