Dudes on the bubble
After an 8-3 Reds loss to the Royals on Thursday, let’s go right to another tour of the roster bubble:
*LHP Manny Parra — Parra did not make my earlier prediction of his making the team look too good as he allowed three runs, five hits and a walk in his two innings. What was most troubling was that all of his runs and hits against him came with two outs in the fifth.
*RHP Logan Ondrusek — A streak of rough outings came to an end as Ondrusek worked a 1-2-3 sixth with one strikeout while pitching on back-to-back days.
*RHP Jose Arredondo — Arredondo kept a good stretch going with a 1-2-3 seventh, also with one strikeout. He has allowed one run over his last nine innings over eight appearances.
*RHP J.J. Hoover — Taking over in the eighth, Hoover started with a walk and a double but allowed no runs as he struck out the side. He has two walks and a team leading 19 Ks in his 10 innings over nine appearances.
*Cesar Izturis — Was a shortstop substitute and was 1-for-2 with a sixth inning single. He is now batting .340. Izturis also made a nice diving stop to his left on a grounder in the ninth.
*Emmanuel Burriss — Took over at third base and was 0-for-2. He is now batting .214.
*Jason Donald — Subbed later in the game at second base and went 0-for-1. He is batting .263.
I will have more details on the Reds relievers in action today on MLB.com/Reds.com.
Other news and notes
*Mat Latos gave up five runs and nine hits over only three innings with one walk and five strikeouts. He did not have any issues with the left ankle that was whacked by a comebacker his last start, however.
“He was fine,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Before the game, he was coughing and like a lot of people wasn’t feeling too good. He got his work in. He didn’t throw the ball bad.”
*Shin-Soo Choo was 2-for-3 with a double and raised his solid spring average to .366.
*Baker was unhappy with several innings of missed opportunities for his lineup.
“We should have had eight runs,” Baker said. “We left [runners on] second and third twice and the bases loaded. We had a lot of opportunities to blow that game open early. If you give your pitcher some room like that, like they had, it’s a different story. We just have to get better picking up those runs.”
*For the first time this spring, Dutch pitcher Loek Van Mil (first name sounds like Luke) came over from the Minor League camp to work a big league game for the Reds. Van Mil, who is 7-foot-1 gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.