Broxton back, Reds win
Lots of news that came from a 5-4 Reds walkoff win over the Indians. Minor Leaguer Steve Selsky hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth for the game winner. Full story on MLB.com/Reds.com
Items of note:
*Jonathan Broxton made his return to a game in the fifth inning and had a smooth eight-pitch, five-strike outing. Broxton, who hadn’t been in the game since having August forearm surgery, picked up a fly out, a ground out and a called third strike.
“That was very encouraging,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He kept his delivery together, threw quality strikes with his fastball. He looked healthy and felt good. It was good to have him back and in the stages of getting his arm really ready for the season.”
Broxton didn’t mind the quick inning and was glad to get back on the mound in a game.
“Everything felt good out there. I was trying to work on fastballs and that’s all I did,” Broxton said. “Any time you get out there with an umpire behind [the plate], you’ve always got to take it day by day and try to figure out something to work on. Today, I was trying to work on throwing fastballs.”
*Mike Leake had a good start — 4 ip, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. The only blemish was a Nick Swisher’s first-pitch homer to lead off the fourth inning.
“I felt good,” Leake said. “I tried to work quick today and let [Devin Mesoraco] kind of do the work. He did a really good job. A couple of pitches I got lazy on but other than that, I felt really well.”
*Reds starter Mat Latos (left knee) will likely get into his first game on Wednesday afternoon. It will be a Minor League game.
“If he shows up tomorrow, plays catch and everything feels good, and we’re good Wednesday morning, then he’s ready to go,” Price said.
*Latos will be one of the few big leaguers to be in camp on Tuesday. The Reds have their lone off day of Spring Training and there are no workouts scheduled.
“We’ll have a couple of pitchers come in and do some stuff in the training room and play catch,” Price said. “We’re not having anyone come in to throw in games or anything of that nature.”
*Bullpen candidate Jumbo Diaz struggled in the ninth of a 3-3 game. Diaz walked three and allowed the go-ahead RBI single.
*There was a nine-minute delay in the second inning after third base umpire Brad Myers was drilled by a line drive in the groin from the bat of Brandon Phillips. Read about that by clicking here. Myers was taken to a local hospital to get checked out.
“Man, I’ll tell you, I don’t think I’d even watch a game without wearing a cup,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s dangerous, man. He got smoked.”