Day 1 of camp in the book

It’s been a busy first day of Reds Spring Training and it was just the first workout of Reds pitchers and catchers. Click here for my story of camp on MLB.com.

Some of the other highlights:

*Johnny Cueto will be shortening his delivery at the request of manager Bryan Price. Cueto was told to cut down on the Luis Tiant twisting. It was much about being able to repeat his mechanics as to lessen risk of re-injuring his lat muscle.

*Both Jonathan Broxton (forearm surgery) and Sean Marshall (shoulder tendinitis) reported a smooth offseason of rehab and throwing programs. Marshall has had a couple of bullpen sessions and will have one on Saturday. Broxton is slated to work off of a mound for the first time next week. Broxton’s Opening Day status is not yet known.

*More on Cueto, Broxton and Marshall will be in the Reds notebook on MLB.com/Reds.com.

*Talks with Homer Bailey about a multi-year contract continue. His arbitration hearing is slated for Thursday.

“We are still negotiating,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ve got a week to get something resolved. He and I are still talking, that’s always a good sign.”

*LHP Tony Cingrani, who missed time last season with back trouble, says he’s doing fine. He believes his issues are behind him.

“It should be good to go,” Cingrani said. “I just made everything was strong with it. I added more stuff to my routines.”

*As part of his team meeting, Price let players know there was a new facial hair policy. Beards and mustaches are still allowed, but they have to be kept well-groomed. I will talk to players like J.J. Hoover on Saturday to see what they think. I heard about this after the workout ended.

*1B/3B prospect Neftali Soto wants to add catching to his resume. Soto will be in camp as a catcher, but missed the first day because his flight out of the east coast was canceled by bad weather.

“He’s caught in the past,” Jocketty said. “He wanted to come to camp and work on that to further his chances of helping out one day. It’s really an opportunity for him to come in and catch the bullpens and do some things like that. He’d be more of an emergency-type guy.”

Finally, some pictures:

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5 Comments

I so wish I could be there this year for all the fun. Was there last year and spent 2 weeks just watching practices and games and it was the time of my life

A facial hair policy??? There are about a hundred other things that are more important to worry about. I’m not a fan of the big frothy facial hair, but all that will do is cause resentment and take away focus from actual baseball concerns.

No it will not. It is a unity thing, kinda like the red sox done last year. Reds had this similar policy during the BRM years. That was no Facial hair tho, and that worked pretty well. I think it is a great Idea. The other hundred things can still be addressed

Relax guy. I’m all for bushy facial hair myself, but I like Price’s policy. He needs to let these guys know that he means business. It’s not going to be a lax clubhouse like Dusty ran. Price was hired to get this team to take things more seriously and win. Whatever it takes to do that is fine with me.

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