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Gomes on Wainwright

I just got off of the phone with Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes, who wanted to clarify and respond to a blog item that he was singing or celebrating the elbow injury of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. (Update — I should have added this in at the start, but Gomes denies the report).

I was present in the clubhouse when Gomes walked in. He was singing — but it was a song from the original Karate Kid movie — “You’re the best around…” As for what he said about Wainwright, Gomes’ account follows:

“I was doing an interview with [Rob] Dibble and Dibble gave me the breaking news that Wainwright was flying back to St. Louis with arm problems. That’s all I heard. I came in and I said ‘is Wainwright gone, is Wainwright gone?’

“To clear up everything, I came up with Wainwright. I know Wainwright. I think he’s one of the top notch pitchers in the National League and baseball. Outside of different uniforms that we wear and different cities we play in, playing in the Major Leagues, we’re all brothers. There’s a brotherhood there. There’s one thing you would never wish upon any other player and that’s an injury. We’ve all had them at some point coming up and we might currently be having one now.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would never wish anyone an injury. If they did have an injury, you wish them the best in rehab. As Major League ballplayers, we have a brotherhood for each other. On the field, we’re going to battle and play our nine innings and we’re going to compete. Off the field, we’re still human and we have families. There’s one thing you don’t wish upon anyone and that is an injury. Even if they are on the other team, you wish them the best of health. If Wainwright is gone, it doesn’t mean anything to us. It maybe gives them the opportunity to make a trade for another big ace. The Cardinals are top notch themselves. They’ve battled with injuries there. They are a top notch organization with a top notch general manager and a top notch ownership.”

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News spreads quickly

It didn’t take long for news about Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s elbow injury to hit Reds camp.

“Wainwright, gone,” one Reds player said loudly as he walked into the clubhouse this morning.

The Cardinals told reporters in Florida that Wainwright’s injury was “significant” and he went back to St. Louis to be examined. Obviously, if he needs season-ending surgery, it would be a huge blow to the Cardinals’ chances and naturally, a boost that would help the Reds.

“I hate to see that,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s not only a great pitcher, he seems like a fine young man too. Every time I’ve seen him, he’s been mannerable, polite and respectful.”

Even Baker’s 12-year-old son, Darren, had to spread the news. Before going to school, Darren called his father’s office from his home in Sacramento.

“Significant, huh? All right my son, thanks for the tip,” Baker said to his son over the phone.

“That’s my scout right there,” Baker said.

Other items from the morning:

*The Reds are taking live BP and Aroldis Chapman is among the listed pitchers throwing. I will try to get some video of that scene. Live BP is one those times I really value my job and the access my credential affords. In the past I’ve been able to go right up to the cage and watch. That’s where I saw Chapman last year and hitters talking to each other trying to make sense of what they saw for the first time. Even pitchers that don’t throw very hard are impressive to watch. It’s something you never ever get to see once the games really start.

*Baker said that Jonny Gomes is leaner and trimmer and might get the chance to run more. Gomes was big on going from first to third last season

“In the minor leagues, he stole 20 bases a couple of times,” Baker said.

*A St. Louis reporter is here today and asked if the Reds-Cardinals rivalry had ursurped the more famous Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. Baker didn’t seem to think so.

“Rivalries remain the same but new rivalries pop up periodically depending on what’s happened and who’s good and getting better at the time,” Baker said. “I remember when I was with the Dodgers, it was us and the Reds. Then when the Big Red Machine started dismantling, it became us and Houston with Nolan, J.R. and those guys. I remember just one skirmish with the Reds. Pete was on Bobby Welch for something and Monday said something to Pete. Pete came over to our dugout at third base and said ‘why don’t you shut me up.'”

“Mario [Soto] and I almost had it out a couple of times. He hit on the elbow twice – once in spring training and once in the season. I said hit me one more time and we’re going to have it out.”

Of course, Soto is now with the Reds in the front office and as a roving pitching instructor

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Postgame: Swept by St. Louis

Some of the takeaway following Wednesday’s 6-1 loss and three-game series sweep at the hands of the Cardinals.

The good —

Not much to talk about in this regard.

The not-so-good —

*For all the trash talk and trouble Brandon Phillips started, he certainly did not back it up. Phillips dropped a 2-for-14 dud over the three-game series. In Wednesday’s 1-for-4 game, he hit two balls back to the pitcher and grounded out routinely to first base. His single came with two outs in the eighth with the Reds already down by six runs.

*People are going to filet the Reds for not getting it done. But Cardinals pitchers had a lot to do with it, especially Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia and Adam Wainwright. Those dudes are no slouches.

All three rank in the top 10 in ERA in the National League. Wainwright is now tied for the league lead with 17 wins. He has a 1.99 ERA.

*Reds hitters batting .186 (18-for-97) in the series. They had only nine hits with two extra-base hits against the St. Louis starters.  The Reds were outscored, 21-8 and outhit, 35-18.

*Scott Rolen is hitless in his last 12 ABs, including 0-for-10 in the series.

Perspective —

Yes the Reds are now down one game in the NL Central after coming in two ahead. Yes, they got blown up in their own building by a team that’s been around the block as contenders often. But it’s one series and the sky isn’t falling because of this. The Reds have done a good job this season at not letting bad play spill over into long losing streaks. They haven’t lost more than five in a row all year and that streak was in early April.

But what happened this week definitely seemed to stir the hornets’ nest on the St. Louis side. If they weren’t motivated enough to stick it to the Reds before, they are now.

Quotes —

“Everybody knew he had to come over the plate at that time because you don’t want to walk in a run. Bronson, other than that one inning, threw the ball pretty well.” — Dusty Baker on the Colby Rasmus grand slam off Bronson Arroyo

“I nibbled a little bit with Holliday. The umpire had a really rigid zone today so it kind of changes your perspective on how you want to get guys out. I wasn’t getting a whole lot on the inner half to Rasmus the first couple of at-bats. At 2-2, I didn’t feel like I could go on the inner half. I didn’t think I’d get a strike in there. I didn’t think he was going to swing. I kind of was just playing the odds, staying on the outer half hoping he’d pop something up. I threw him a 3-2 sinker, took a little off. It was kind of a BP fastball and he hit it good.” — Arroyo

“It certainly added fuel to our fire, when you’ve got guys opening their mouth saying stupid stuff. But we only use that in a positive way. it’s very unprofessional to fire back. just go out there and win the game on the field, not off the field. That’s what we did this series.” — Adam Wainwright on Brandon Phillips.

“We’ve got a well-time off day right now. We’ll go relax, rest a little bit and come back. We’ll keep playing. Florida isn’t going to come in here and lay down. We’ve been a game up, a game down all year. Would we have liked the outcome to have been better? Yeah, we would have obviously.” — Scott Rolen

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