Wind and dust
It could be another interesting day out here with high winds and dust blowing about. On my drive back from the ballpark yesterday, there was big brown dust cloud in the air. It made the sun look red. It should be more of the same today but cooler in the low to mid 60s.
Reds lineup vs. Padres (ss)
Updated AM Notes:
*When Dusty Baker was asked for an update on RHP Ryan Madson (right elbow irritation), his medical report sheet did not include the closer’s name. Madson did play catch on Tuesday.
“He’s doing better. No news is good news,” Baker said. “I read faces and he didn’t look worried. You can usually see when a guy is worried.”
*LHP Bill Bray (groin) was slated to face hitters in simulated action today. Bray will pitch against lefty hitter Didi Gregorious and righty Chris Valaika.
*3B Juan Francisco (right calf) is scheduled to see some action at third base today vs. the Padres.
*When asked about Brandon Phillips being the leadoff man this instead of Drew Stubbs, Baker did not say that decision was neccessary written in cement (I’m borrowing a phrase Jerry Narron often used)
“Who knows? Everything is subject to change, unless you’ve got Rickey Henderson usually hitting leadoff,” Baker said. “It’s Spring Training. Brandon was my leadoff man at the end of last year. Stubbs would my epitome of my leadoff man. We’re just trying to take a little pressure off of him. Brandon is the only guy I’ve got that can hit all over the lineup. There aren’t many guys like that. Everybody has a comfort zone and where they prefer to hit in the lineup.”
*After he batted .194 with Tampa Bay in 2010 and .193 with the Dodgers last season, C Dioner Navarro knows he has a lot to prove. Navarro, a non-roster player this spring, said there weren’t many options presented to him this winter and felt fortunate that the Reds called.
“I’m so glad that I have a uniform and so glad I have a job,” said Navarro, whose best season with the Rays was when he batted .295 in 2008. “Whether it’s Triple-A, Double-A, or A ball, I just want to get back to playing. I love playing. I love doing this. I want to keep doing this as long as I can. I still think I can produce in Major League Baseball. I have to keep working and proving myself.”