Who’s on first? (Next)

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick’s new first baseman’s glove arrived on Wednesday. Ludwick will soon be the latest Red to start taking ground balls at first base.

Manager Bryan Price said it does have to mean anything more than his just taking grounders, but he’s also looking for options as the team moves forward with Joey Votto on the DL.

“I made a joke yesterday in the lunch room. I said we’ve got open tryouts for our outfielders for first base,” Price said on Wednesday. “It was kind of tongue-in-cheek but right now with the ability to have [Brayan] Pena, [Todd] Frazier and Jay [Bruce] to rotate through there, those are great options. I don’t want to have Jay over there a bunch. He’s a premier right fielder and we have a premier third baseman in Frazier. Pena is going to catch some. There is always that opportunity. I might have Frazier at third, Bruce in right field and want to have Pena behind the plate. There is another opportunity.”


Older fans will get this:

Where is Chico Ruiz when you need him??????? (hope I got the spelling right)

p.s. hint….. I think the great MGR Fred Hutchinson, played him everywhere……

Yes Chico was one of the better utility
players I have watched over the years play for the Reds. Hutch did play him everywhere. Not only was he a good fielder he was also extremely quick and fast on the base paths. The radio announcers loved to say his name and roll it off their tongue. Reminds me of the days when I used to listen to the White Sox when I was growing up. Some of the names on that team were Chico Carrasquel(sp), Minnie Minoso, and Louis Aparicio. Bob Elston, White Sox announcer, loved saying Minoso name. Hope I got that alright because I’m going by memory about something 60 years ago.

Jay Bruce has 174 career homers, most of any player born in 1987 or later.
Giancarlo (born 1989) ranks 3rd, with 138 HR.

Phillips dove for ball and sprained his gloved thumb; xrays negative. Hamilton tweaked hamstring. Both left game early.

There are now three SP in the all-star game that are scheduled to pitch on Sunday; Cueto being one of them. If they do, in all likelihood they will be replaced in the all-star game. Simon is now the only 12 game winner in the NL; it would be a crime for him not to be named the first replacement (12-3, 2.70 ERA).

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