Madson has elbow ‘irritation’
*New closer Ryan Madson has yet to pitch after two spring games. We learned after Sunday’s game there’s a reason for that. Madson is bothered by what’s being considered a minor elbow injury.
“He has a little irritation in his arm,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The doctor looked at him today. Hopefully he will be all right in the next couple of days.”
Now to break down some of the nuggets that emerged from a 8-6 win for the Reds over the Indians on Sunday.
*Homer Bailey’s line: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 32 pitches. There was a three-run homer allowed to Shelley Duncan in the bottom of the first inning. But it was Cristian Guzman’s one-out walk two batters earlier Bailey liked much less. “The 2-2 was a pretty close pitch [to Guzman],” Bailey said. “During the season, I am not throwing a 3-2 curveball with a 5-0 lead. But Spring Training, we didn’t throw any sliders. Our goal was to go fastball-curveball. I think we might have thrown a split or two.”
*Aroldis Chapman followed with 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. I missed most of his second inning of work while talking to Bailey. In the first inning, Chapman seemed to go deep in counts and wasn’t all that crisp. Interestingly, he did not throw any changeups during the appearance. On the plus side, he had a pickoff play that ended the fourth.
*Sean Marshall made his Reds spring debut. Marshall hit first batter Ezequiel Carrera and wound up allowing two runs and two hits over his one inning.
“He looked so-so but I’m not worried about Marshall,” Baker said. “He couldn’t control his breaking ball. He was coming up short. You know Marshall can throw that breaking ball any time when he’s ready. He’s not going to get it unless he throws it down here. This isn’t exactly the place to throw breaking balls.”
*On the offensive side, Miguel Cairo was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Cairo had a RBI double in the fourth inning and a RBI single in the first. Drew Stubbs, who had two hits on Saturday, was 1-for-3 with a RBI double in the fourth. Zack Cozart was 2-for-3. In the top of the 8th, Dioner Navarro slugged a home run to right field.
*The crowd got pretty excited in the fifth inning when CF Denis Phipps made a nice diving catch.
*Speaking of crowd, the attendance today was 4,895 fans.
*Weather: First pitch temperature was 76 degrees. Highs were in the low 80s. Another stellar day with no clouds.