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No Cueto plan, yet

So far, there is no news on the Reds plans for pitcher Johnny Cueto. He is still listed as Friday’s probable starter vs. the Pirates but that can easily be changed to Micah Owings if the Reds decide they want him off of the DL.

“I talked to [GM] Walt [Jocketty] briefly about it but we have to get with Dick and the trainer and the doctor and get their opinion on things,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

The bottom line is that Cueto doesn’t have the feel of the ball coming out of his hand, even though he still has his velocity. Baker confirmed that whatever they decide with Cueto — it would be how they progress the rest of the season — and not just for Friday. My prediction: Cueto is put on the DL.

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 9
Taveras 8
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Balentien 7
Rosales 5
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Bailey 1

2B Brandon Phillips is back in there after missing one game with a sore left hand. Phillips was hit on the hand on Saturday. Baker made out two lineups just in case Phillips had trouble during batting practice.

“He said he’s feeling a lot better,” Baker said before BP. “He hates to miss games. If he can play, he’ll be out there.”

According to my Milwaukee colleague, Adam McCalvy, Brewers GM Doug Melvin is “working on something” with Bill Hall. The discarded infielder/outfielder that was designated for assignment, Hall had the Reds’ interest. The Brewers have until Friday to trade Hall or release him and eat the nearly $11 million he is owed through 2010.


Leake_Boxberger.JPGFinally, the Reds top two Draft picks got their first looks at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. Mike Leake, the No. 8 overall pick, was clearly comfortable in the group as he answered questions.

“Just to know I was who they wanted, even though I’m not typical at 5-foot-10,” Leake said. “I’m glad they had the trust in me to pick me. Hopefully I can do something special here.”

The No. 43 overall selection Brad Boxberger was a little more reserved. Both players had their families and their agent with them. They all got to meet manager Dusty Baker and owner/CEO Bob Castellini in the dugout after talking with reporters.

“I’ve been throwing a couple of days week and staying in shape,” Boxberger said. “I’m ready to get to Sarasota and start playing.”

Both players, signed late Monday night after passing their physicals, will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League affiliate in Sarasota but there’s little chance they will pitch again this season. The next step is likely the Arizona Fall League or the instructional league.

Jocketty, who dealt two young pitchers on July 31 in Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart to get Scott Rolen from the Blue Jays, didn’t deny that Leake and Boxberger would be on the faster track once their pro careers commenced.

“They’re definitely quality college pitchers out of quality programs that are further advanced,” Jocketty said. “They should be able to move along quickly. That’s why we felt we’d have some depth and were confident we’d get them signed.”

By the way, the Reds signed 32 of their 50 2009 draft picks, including all of their first 13 selections.

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Draft picks officially signed

Now that they’ve passed their physicals, the signings of the Reds’ top two Draft picks — pitchers Mike Leake and Brad Boxberger — became official on Monday night.

Leake, the eighth overall selection, got a bonus of $2.27 million. The organization’s supplemental first round choice at No. 43 overall, Boxberge received a bonus worth $857,000.

“We’re excited,” Reds scouting director Chris Buckley said. “We didn’t want to say anything until we worked out all the terms. That’s standard to get through the physicals. Everything is OK.”

Although the two sides reached agreements on Saturday, the deals were announced about 30 minutes before the midnight ET deadline. Both players and GM Walt Jocketty will meet with the media at Great American Ball Park at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Leake, a right-handed starter from Arizona State, was 16-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 24 walks and 162 strikeouts in 142 innings over 19 games this season. His bonus was over the MLB slot recommendation of $2.043 million but equaled the 2008 slot level.

Boxberger was 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 50 walks and 99 strikeouts in 14 starts this season for USC.

Leake was the first pitcher selected by the Reds in the first round since RHP Homer Bailey in 2004. He was the first collegiate pitcher selected by the Reds in the opening round since RHP Ryan Wagner in 2003. The Reds had selected a position player with their first pick in each of the previous four drafts: 1B Yonder Alonso (2008), C Devin Mesoraco (2007), OF Drew Stubbs (2006) and OF Jay Bruce (2005).

Both players will soon report to Sarasota.

“Neither one of the guys have pitched in a game in a couple of months,” Buckley said. “They have to get tuned up. I’m not sure they’ll pitch before the season is over. They both pitched a lot of innings this year.”

Draft picks in the fold?

Word from Baseball America is that the Reds’ top two 2009 draft picks have signed. I’ve been told that deals with pitchers Mike Leake and Brad Boxberger are not officially done yet. They still have to take their physicals, which could push their actual signings back to Monday.

The deadline to sign all Draft picks is midnight ET on Monday night.

Baseball America reported that Leake, the eighth overall pick and a right-handed starting pitcher, will receive a $2.27 million bonus. Boxberger, a right-handed pitcher who was No. 43 overall as a supplemental first-rounder signed for $857,000.

LATE UPDATE: has confirmed the agreement to a deal. Both players are in Cincinnati to take their physicals on Monday.

Leake was 16-1 with a 1.71 ERA, 24 walks and 162 strikeouts in 142 innings over 19 games this season for Arizona State.  The bonus was over the MLB slot recommendation of $2.043 million.

This season in 14 starts for the Univ. of Southern California, Boxberger was 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 50 walks and 99 strikeouts.

Third baseman and prospect Juan Francisco is one step closer to the big leagues. Francisco was promoted and will be with Triple-A Louisville Saturday night. He took Kevin Barker’s spot after Barker was called up by the Reds.

In 109 games for Double-A Carolina this season, Francisco batted .281 with 22 homers, 74 RBIs and 64 runs scored (26 doubles, .501 slugging percentage.). He is first in the Southern League in homers, tied for first in RBIs, second in hits and extra base hits.

As for the big league team, injured third baseman Scott Rolen (concussion) was on the field today manning first base while infielders took groundballs. Rolen was scheduled to hit soft tosses in the cage Saturday and do some running on Sunday. If he’s not bothered by more headaches, he could begin to take batting practice.

Nothing is physically wrong with outfielder Wladimir Balentien, manager Dusty Baker said. Balentien is batting .346 since being dealt to Cincinnati but wasn’t starting Saturday for the third-straight game.

“He’s playing [Sunday]. I can’t play everybody,” Baker said. “He was supposed to play [Friday] but Gomes had three home runs [Thursday]. I talked to him. I don’t have to tell anybody anything. As a former player, you wonder why you’re not playing. You’d like to know why.”

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Leake, Boxberger updates

It’s been pretty quiet on the top Draft pick front with the Reds but that could be changing soon. Progress has been made in negotiations with the top two selections — No. 8 overall pick Mike Leake and No. 43 overall Brad Boxberger.

“It’s going very well with both of those guys,” Reds scouting director Chris Buckley said by phone on Wednesday. “We haven’t been in a super duper rush because both guys pitched a lot and were tired. Hopefully, we’re pretty close.”

Both players happen to be representing by the same agent, Dan Horwitz. He is the agent for five of the Reds picks overall this year.

If Leake and Boxberger signed soon, neither would likely get a tremendous amount of work — especially Leake. This season, he has 142 innings pitched and he is less than a month removed from the College World Series.

“We haven’t pressed him too hard,” Buckley said. “The kid wanted some time off and we thought he should take the time off.”

The deadline to sign Draft picks is Aug. 17

Reds lineup:

Dickerson 8
Hairston 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Nix 7
Hernandez 2
Bruce 9
Encarnacion 5
Bailey 1

Chris Dickerson is playing mostly because Philadelphia is starting right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. Dusty Baker said that Willy Taveras would be back in the lineup Thursday when the Phillies start Jamie Moyer. Baker said that he was not platooning Dickerson and Taveras.

Ramon Hernandez is batting .250 this season but is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position. He is fourth on the team with 34 RBIs. He was the clutch dude with a game-winning RBI single off of Brad Lidge in Tuesday’s 4-3 win.

“Everybody has to like those situations,” Hernandez said. “You have nothing to lose and a lot to win.

You contribute and make your team win. You always want to be in that spot. I don’t mind.”

As a follow-up on Brandon Phillips’ sac bunt Tuesday — the Elias Sports Bureau said he was the first MLB player to produce two home runs and a sacrifice bunt in the same game since Arizona’s Conor Jackson did it Aug. 10, 2007, vs. the Nationals. Aaron Boone was the last Reds player to do that on May 28, 2002, at Florida.

And a two day’s later follow: Paul Janish is the first Reds position player to pitch more than once in the same season since Mel Queen did it seven times in 1966.

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