Day 4: Full squad works out
Friday marked the moment when the gang was all here, plus 25 members of the South Korean media that were here to watch Shin-Soo Choo. It’s a dynamic I’ve seen with other teams that have Japanese players, but haven’t ever seen in Reds camp. Wherever Choo went, a large gaggle of media followed with still camera and video cameras. It won’t be like this all season, however, unlike Japanese players Ichiro, Matsui and others that had a daily presence all season.
Other notes from Friday:
*Joey Votto went through the full workout without issue after passing his physical. I watched Votto do just about everything today — stretch, run, field and hit and never noticed him favoring his surgically-repaired left knee. During BP, he hit a tower shot that easily cleared the right field fence. But let’s get perspective. One, it’s BP. Two, the air is very thin out here.
*Click here for my full story on Votto that’s on MLB.com/Reds.com.
*Miguel Olivo launched three drives in a row over the left field fence. I was told prospect Donald Lutz was raking balls out on the other field.
*Bronson Arroyo was sick and unable to take part in the workout.
“He’s going to throw and then go home because he wants to get his arm in shape,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That’s how Bronson is. Most guys would just go home. He wants to throw first and then go home.”
*Might Votto, who learned Spanish to communicate with Latin teammates, pick up Korean to talk with Choo?
“If he’s a good enough teammate, I may,” said Votto, who also knows French.
*By the way, Choo speaks excellent English and will not need an interpreter. He met with the Korea reporters after the workout, along with his agent — Scott Boras.
“I was told that Korean reporters bought dinner every night,” Boras joked.
*Finally, here is the day in pictures: