Madson: ‘It’s nothing major’

*Ryan Madson was upbeat and not at concerned Monday about his right elbow, which has been irritated. Madson, who had been shut down the past few days, has seen Dr. Kremchek.

“I’m playing catching tomorrow,” Madson said. “It’s just a normal Spring Training kickback. It’s happened to me the past couple of years.

“I’ve taken my time with it and I’m getting treatments and stretching it. It’s nothing major, just some soreness. It shouldn’t be long before I am in a game.”

*Manager Dusty Baker didn’t have a definitive answer about whether the Reds would go north with 11 or 12 pitchers. But it certainly sounded like that number would be 12.

“You can hardly carry 11 pitchers in modern times, especially early because your starters aren’t ready to go as deep in the ballgame,” Baker said Monday morning. “You depend on your bullpen a lot earlier. Then when the season goes on, you depend on your starters more. Then hopefully at the end, both will be sharp.”

As for the fifth starter (presumably Homer Bailey) not being needed right away in the regular season with days off, etc.

“They can always go to the bullpen,” Baker said. “You guys are figuring stuff out we haven’t figured yet. We’re just trying to get them out of here healthy.”

*3B Juan Francisco (right calf) is scheduled to get one at-bat in the DH spot at some point during Tuesday’s game vs. the Mariners.

“He is body ready but he’s got to get game ready,” Baker said. “He hasn’t taken live BP like the rest of the guys, no intrasquad game.”

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