Saturday news and notes
Got a few tidbits of information for you this Saturday afternoon …
*INF Jack Hannahan is back from Triple-A Louisville and here at Great American Ball Park today. Hannahan took batting practice and infield work at first base with the club. The decision on whether to activate him has not been made yet. He would be a lefty bat off the bench and part of the rotation at first base that’s been filling in for Joey Votto.
“He had a nice three-hit day yesterday for Louisville,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “That’s seven hits in his last three games. So he’s been swinging the bat well. We want to make that when he’s activated, he’s able to be a regular part of what we’re doing and we’re not trying to rehabilitate him at this level on a 25-man roster.”
*RHP Logan Ondrusek, on the DL with a right shoulder strain, has not resumed a throwing program yet. Ondrusek is slated to begin playing catch on Monday. With his transaction from Friday backdated to July 13, he is eligible to be activated on Monday. That appears not to be happening.
*RHP Alfredo Simon, who is 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in his last two starts including a 4 1/3 inning outing on Friday, has not hit a wall of some sort in Price’s mind.
“I get the question,” Price said. “I think we need to see a few more starts to come up with that interpretation. I just felt like he was up in the zone. I thought he had good velocity. He a good little slider and threw some really good splits. From what I’ve seen, he’s been getting hurt a lot more on his off-speed stuff.
“I don’t anticipate that being an issue, only because he’s an older guy and I think he’s conditioned to be the type of pitcher we’re using him as now. Time will tell what type of season he finishes up with. I think it’s going to be very good.”
*LHP Tony Cingrani, who has been on the DL at Louisville because of a shoulder injury, still has not resumed a throwing program.
“There still is a little bit of soreness and some shoulder impingement, I believe it was the diagnosis is,” Price said. “Other than the strengthening stuff, he hasn’t quite gotten to the point where he’s been cleared to start throwing yet.”
*On TV or at the ballpark, you might have noticed some different colored grass patches in the outfield. It is the remnants of the stage from the Jason Aldean concert held here a week ago. A couple of weeks before that, Beyonce and Jay-Z also had a show here. Price felt the outfield is holding up fine and hasn’t gotten any bad reports from his players.
“I thought that [head groundskeeper] Doug Gallant and the staff did a great job,” Price said. “They basically had to go out there and re-sod that center field portion. You can see the differential between the old grass and the new grass but got it in there with enough time for it to kind of get rooted.”