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Bailey to get checked out

Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey was headed back to Cincinnati Thursday afternoon after he suffered a right shoulder spasm during a 10-4 loss to the Phillies. Bailey allowed four runs and five hits with one intentional walk and two strikeouts for a no-decision. The injury came as a hitter during a fourth-inning at-bat when he grounded out to first base. The club did not know the seriousness of the injury.

“He said he just felt some discomfort on the swing when he was hitting,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You could tell his velocity went down quite a bit after that.”

Bailey has been exceptional this season with a 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA five starts. His season started on the disabled list because of an impingement in the same shoulder.

“It’s a little different,” Baker said. “He just said he felt pain when he went to reach when he was swinging. We’ll have to wait to see what we hear from Dr. Kremchek tomorrow.”

This was a development the Reds didn’t need. Not after Volquez got sent down on Monday. Not after Arroyo lasted 2 2/3 innings on Monday and had to get an MRI Tuesday because of back pain. And certainly not after they endured a gut-wrenching 19-inning loss on Wednesday.



*Daryl Thompson had to kind of be sacrificed as he allowed five runs, six hits and five walks over three innings after Bailey’s depature. Based on the last few days, injuries to LeCure and Maloney, Fisher being unavailable and with six more games until another day off, there was no other choice.

*Thompson was pitching in the Majors for the Reds for the first time since 7/2/08 vs. PIT.

*The rotation has pitched 21 1/3 innings the last five games, including the Volquez start in Cleveland. The bullpen has had 31 innings pitched over that same span.

*Mike Leake is definitely making the start on Friday, Baker said. Expect a corresponding roster move on Friday. GM Walt Jocketty will be in Atlanta. I wouldn’t be shocked if a second pitcher is added to provide bullpen depth. Just speculating, but Chad Reineke is scheduled to start for Louisville on Friday and has a 2.61 ERA. There is a spot open on the 40-man should he be summoned.

*Paul Janish snapped 0-for-21 skid with a two-out, bases loaded double in the fourth inning that scored two.

*Jay Bruce is seemingly locking up Player of the Month honors for May. In this series alone, he was 9-for-21 (.429) with three home runs and 11 RBIs.  In his last eight games, he’s hitting .486 (17-for-35). He has homered in four of his last five games and in five of his last eight.


“I don’t know how many more changes we have, you know what I mean? Walt will be in Atlanta tonight and we’ll get together and try to figure this thing out. You can’t be sinking too much deeper or too much faster.” — Reds manager Dusty Baker

“Sometimes when both teams are coming out, they’ll be kind of dead, but when you win a game like that, usually there’s still some effect to it, I believe. Guys wanna come out and get after it. We got a good start on ’em today plus we had a good pitcher going.” — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

“It’s tough. We’ve kind of been exhausting every option. We’ll get the hit and can’t hold the lead. Or we’ll hold the lead and can’t get the hit. It’s just back and forth and it’s going to pass though.” — Jay Bruce

My arm felt good and everything felt fine. It was just adrenaline and trying to make something happen pretty much instead of trying to relax and throw the ball and do what I’ve been doing all season.” — Daryl Thompson

*****FYI, I am taking the Atlanta series off. I will be back on the case Monday.

Long balls and walks

There was a lot to like and not like out of Wednesday’s 7-6 Reds win.

The positive:

Homer Bailey — looked very sharp in two scoreless innings. A leadoff bunt single by Juan Pierre in the first inning was the only blemish. Bailey was very pleased with his outing.

“I got to work my slidestep in the first inning and the second inning I worked out of the stretch,” Bailey said.

Daniel Ray Herrera — one scoreless inning, one walk. He also broke Alexi Ramirez’s bat on a groundout to first base.

Jared Burton — he looked good over his two-inning, one-hit relief outing with four strikeouts.

Offense — A five-run fifth inning started after a two-out error that made all the runs unearned. Jeremy Hermida smoked a long homer that sailed over the right field party patio.

Leading off the eighth inning, Devin Mesoraco topped Hermida with a homer to left field — it sailed well over the fence, over the grassy knoll and landed on the sidewalk concourse. It was absolutely tattooed and it was the game winner that snapped a 6-6 tie.

“Mesoraco hit one a mile and a half and Hermida hit one a mile,” manager Dusty Baker said.

The negative:

Carlos Fisher —  1 ip, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB in the sixth. Walks have been an issue in the past for Fisher. He started off the sixth with back-to-back free passes and both of them scored.

Jose Arredondo — 2/3 ip, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. His first three batters of the seventh were as followed: BB, BB, HBP. After two strikeouts came a bases-loaded two-run single and another walk.

Daryl Thompson — walked in one of Arredondo’s runs to tie the game at 6-6 when he entered in the seventh. Thompson pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits after that.

“Some of the guys are trying too hard,” Baker said. “A little bit of overthrowing. We just have to calm them down, relax them and get them to be themselves. Fish was probably overthrowing more. Thompson a little bit. Arredondo was kind of expected. He hasn’t pitched in more than a year. He’s going to have some ups and downs. We’ll keep running him out there. He’s a little high right now. But when a guy has been out that long, you have to expect some ups and downs.”

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Nix, Thompson out/40-man set

The Reds set their 40-man roster in advance of the Dec. 10 Rule 5 Draft. Added to be protected were:

RHP Enerio Del Rosario, OF Chris Heisey, RHP Logan Ondrusek, RHP Jordan Smith, IF Chris Valaika, LHP Philippe Valiquette and LHP Travis Wood.

Removed from the roster: RHP Daryl Thompson, who was outrighted. OF Laynce Nix refused an outright assignment and elected free agency…C Craig Tatum was claimed off waivers by the Orioles.

That puts the Reds roster exactly at 40 players. At this point, there is no room to select someone from the Rule 5 pool.

Nix wasn’t too surprising of a move since he was a non-tender candidate eligible for arbitration anyway. With money tight and Jonny Gomes situation still be worked out, a spot for Nix was slim.

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Jones leads list of three cuts

The Reds have whittled down the list of players in big-league camp to 33, with Jacque Jones being the biggest name to be sent down.

Jones, 33, has spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues with the Twins, Cubs, Tigers and Marlins. He was a non-roster invitee to Reds camp and officially was reassigned today.

“The bottom line is I didn’t hit,” said Jones, who was hitting .091 this spring in 44 at-bats. “You want to do well to try to justify a slot on the team. Dusty [Baker] was great, giving me the opportunity to play. I got at-bats, I just didn’t do anything with them.”

Jones planned to stick around Sarasota for a while to wait and see if any opportunities arose with other teams. Another option might be to accept an assignment to Triple-A Louisville and continue working on re-finding his stroke, if there’s the chance for him to play there. Last year, Jerry Hairston Jr. got sent down and worked with Louisviile hitting coach Smokey Garrett. He came back up and hit .326 over 80 games for Cincinnati.

“We’re trying to see if there’s room,” Baker said. “So he can do what Jerry did last year and work with Garrett, who I respect a lot.”

In addition to Jones, outfielder Norris Hopper and pitcher Daryl Thompson were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Hopper, who once was a possible candidate for a backup outfielder spot, hit .135 in camp, going 5-for-37 with three stolen bases. Thompson hadn’t really been able to get any innings in big-league games, appearing just once and throwing two scoreless innings.

Little things, news and lineups

In another sign that the Reds are more focused on executing the fundamentals, or little things, than in past years — Friday’s 1-0 win over the Twins is a prime example. Dusty Baker was still thinking about one particular play and planned to point it out in the team meeting before taking the field for the workout.

With a runner on first and no outs, pitcher Micah Owings fielded Matt Tolbert’s hot grounder to the mound and threw quickly to second base for a perfectly turned a 1-6-3 double play. Those fielding drills seem mundane in the early days of camp, but they do have a purpose.

“The key to the ballgame and I point it out on PFPs about those comebackers,” Baker said. “In a game like that, 1-0, that was a key thing to the whole ballgame. When he snagged that ball, being a good athlete, threw perfectly to second base. That would have been first and third and nobody out. I’m a firm believer that a whole bunch of games lost on balls hit back to the box. That’s what Pete Rose taught us. He told us all the time. Stay back through the box and stay out of the air. That is what’s he told my kid last year when I was throwing to him in the cage. The biggest hole is the closest person, no reaction time.”

More news you can use:

  • Another tweak to the spring rotation — Homer Bailey will pitch in a Minor League intrasquad game during Monday’s day off to stay on his regular turn. Daryl Thompson will also pitch in that game behind Bailey.
  • Bill Bray is scheduled to pitch again out of the bullpen on Sunday vs. the Blue Jays. Bray, who had a sore shoulder earlier in camp, hasn’t pitched since last Saturday vs. Toronto. This layoff has had nothing to do with his shoulder however. Bray has been bothered by a tight left hamstring and pitched on the back fields in a simulated game earlier this week.

“We didn’t want to take a chance on him if he couldn’t cover first effectively or bunts,” Baker said. “There was a play at first base [last Saturday] to Daryle Ward and Billy didn’t cover. I kind of hit the roof a little bit and then I found out it was his hamstring.”

  • You will notice in the lineup that the Reds have dispensed with the DH in their home games. Pitchers will hit from now on when possible.

“It’s about time for my pitchers to hit,” Baker said. “They would have been hitting sooner but we’ve had so many guys in camp that needed at-bats. But now it’s time for pitchers to be part of the game. Hopefully, they last long enough to get up there.”

  • Because it was a day game after a night game, a lot of the regulars didn’t start. But many of them were available off the bench. Expect their innings and at-bat totals to increase more as they build towards Opening Day.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF, Keppinger SS, Nix RF, Ward 1B, Francisco 3B, Tatum C, Hopper LF, Janish 2B, Arroyo P

Rays lineup:

Bartlett SS, Crawford LF, Longoria 3B, Pena 1B, Burrell RF, Aybar 2B, Navarro C, Zobrist CF, Kazmir P 


Fifth starter choices

The Reds main candidates for the rotation’s fifth spot have gotten at least one turn to pitch this spring. Here’s out it looks to this point:

Homer Bailey: 2 G, 1 GS, 4 IN, 0R, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K

Micah Owings: 1 G, 1 GS, 3 IN, 0R, 2H, 0 BB, 2 K

Nick Masset:  1G, 1 GS, 1 IN, 4R, 3ER, 4H, 1BB, 0K

Daryl Thompson: 1G, 0GS, 2IN, 0R, 0H, 0BB, 0K

Ramon Ramirez: 1G, 0GS, 1IN, 5R, 0ER, 3H, 1BB, 1K

Notes: Bailey has looked sensational and Owings also looked strong. Thompson, who is considered to have an outside shot, was also strong. Ramirez gave up a grand slam following a two-out error that should have gotten out of an inning. Masset was a little too amped up and struggled in his start.

Other considerations: Bailey seems to have a new and improved attitude. Owings is good hitter and can also be used as a pinch-hitter. Masset is the only one in the group out of Minor League options. The club hasn’t ruled out sending any of the pitchers that don’t win the fifth spot to the bullpen. 

Based on one time through, who do you like in the fifth spot to this point? Who will get it? Who should win the job?


Reds-Red Sox lineup, notes

Just got to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers moments after the Red Sox finished destroying Northeastern Univ., 14-0. That must have been fun for the college boys. For my money, City of Palms is one of the best ballparks in the Grapefruit League, up there with Clearwater. It’s just a nice place to watch a game. This is the first of three stops in Fort Myers in the next week. The Reds play the Red Sox again here on Tuesday and the Twins on Friday at the Lee County Complex.
20090228_bmo_cinvsbos_0748_mark.jpgAlso for Reds fans/Cincinnatians making the trips, there is a Skyline Chili in the city about 10-15 minutes from both the Red Sox and Twins ballparks. I frequented it a lot when I used to do Spring Training here and it’s solid. They do it right.

Your Reds lineup:

Stubbs CF, Taveras CF, Hairston SS, Votto 1B, Encarnacion 3B, Bruce RF, Gomes DH, Jones LF, Richar 2B, Hernandez C

Masset – P

(Stubbs was mistakenly put on the game notes)

Your Red Sox lineup:

Lugo SS, Wilkerson CF, Ortiz DH, Drew RF, Bay LF, Varitek C, Carter 1B, Green 3B, Velazquez 2B

Notes from the clubhouse:

  • The Reds agreed to one-year contracts with 1B Joey Votto and RHP Daryl Thompson. Four players on the 40-man roster remain unsigned.
  • LHP Pedro Viola was named as a late addition to the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic. Viola was at Class AA Chattanooga last season.
  • It’s the last game before the WBC for players like Votto, Hairston, Taveras and Hernandez.

“I will have to keep up with the guys that are gone, see how they do,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Hopefully, I will not get an injury updates.I will speak to them tomorrow and see them in the morning before they leave. They know what to do. They came into camp in shape so I expect them to stay in shape. I just hope they get enough work and they all play or pitch.”

  • Votto is off to a nice start through three games, batting .429 (3-for-7) entering Saturday. A nother good sign came when he hit a homer to left field Friday vs. the Phillies. His homer in the intrasquad game Tuesday was to center field.

“I do worry about that. I want to spread the ball around the field,” Votto said. “I’ve had the swings that I used during the season.”

Votto smartly points out that he doesn’t put much stock in Spring Training results.

“I could hit .500 or .200 and I will be the exact same person for Opening Day,” he said. “From that point on, it really matters to me.”

  • We learned today that the Reds have a new nutritionist named Michelle Macedonia. Before the bus left for Fort Myers, she held a meeting in the Sarasota clubhouse.

“I was very impressed,” Baker said. “It’s what Hank [Aaron] used to stress to us all the time – taking care of yourself and eating right. It’s the days where we have fast food kids. They have to learn. We’re not trying to take it all from them but if you eat better and take care of yourself better, your body will stay healthier, you’ll have a healthier life in the long run and hopefully stay healthier in the short run for us and their career.”

Thursday's plethora of Reds stuff

First game of the last spring at Ed Smith Stadium. The nostalgia is rampant (not really). I will say that I’ve talked to several locals that are obviously disappointed the Reds are headed to Arizona next spring. It’s too bad they didn’t have voices on the county commission or city council who won’t know what they’ve lost until it’s gone.

Beautiful day in Sarasota — not a cloud in the sky and highs expected in the mid-to-high 70s.

On to the Reds detail:

I talked to Homer Bailey today to see how he liked his one inning. He made quick work of the Rays with two strikeouts and a total eight pitches.

“Six out of eight were fastballs,” said Bailey, who threw 25 more pitches in the bullpen. “They went pretty much where the glove was and I was glad to see that.

Is he confident since the start of camp?

“I came into spring more prepared than I ever have,” Bailey replied. “Any time you feel like you’re completely prepared, you have more confidence. It was the first game but we have a long spring to go and a long season ahead of us. I will try to go out and keep things on a roll.”

Bailey is scheduled to make his first start on Monday vs. the Pirates at Bradenton.

Fellow fifth spot candidate Daryl Thompson is feeling quite confident after his brief exposure in the Majors last season. Thompson is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen after Bronson Arroyo in Friday’s game vs. the Phillies.

“Last year, doing as well as I did, my confidence has gone up so much,” Thompson said. “I maintained it all through the season and brought it with me into this season. Hopefully, I can make the club and help the team the whole season.”

“I know he’s not scared. He wants it,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He pays attention. He doesn’t talk too much when he should be listening. A lot of young guys like to talk when they should be listening and he’s not one of them. He’s very respectful and works hard. He’s gotten stronger from last winter.”

Thompson had what I think was an interesting off-season at home in Maryland too. Check the web site later today for a feature.

The Reds will be holding their annual union meeting with Don Fehr on Friday morning. Clubhouse access will be very limited as a result, especially if it goes long. I’ve seen a few instances in the past where the meeting went right up to first pitch and there wasn’t even batting practice taken.

In environmental news, outfielder Chris Dickerson received his shipment of aluminum water bottles from the Sigg company. Wanting to cut down on the team’s consumption of plastic bottles, he’s trying to get his teammates to use them.

“I just passed them all out,” Dickerson said. Many of the bottles were in the players’ locker stalls.

Dickerson also got the Reds to put recycle bins in the clubhouse and is sometimes seen picking plastic bottles out of the garbage can.

“It’s a work in progress,” Dickerson said. 

 Check out Dickerson’s web site that details his environmental efforts:


Almost that time…

Early Friday morning, I will be catching my flight to Sarasota, where the forecast says it will be 76 degrees (not bad). If all goes smooth with the trip, I will head over to the complex around midday and see who is around. Maybe I will be able to start banging out some copy too. The pitchers and catchers report date is Saturday and it’s Tuesday for position players.

Media relations director Rob Butcher sent out a note earlier listing some of the early arrivals.

RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Jared Burton, OF Chris Dickerson, IF/OF Jeff Keppinger, LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Homer Bailey, RHP Nick Masset, RHP Josh Roenicke, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Daryl Thompson, C Ryan Hanigan, IF Adam Rosales, IF Paul Janish and OF Norris Hopper.

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