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Reds acquire Bloomquist from KC

A couple of moves….

The Reds acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for cash or a player to be named later. Bloomquist was hitting .265 for the Royals this season with three homers, 17 RBIs and eight steals.

With the Reds strapped for healthy outfielders, the 32-year-old Bloomquist can do that and play the infield. He’s played every position this season except pitcher and catcher.

Bloomquist will wear No. 9. I will double check later to be absolutely sure, but he should be ineligible for the postseason roster since he was acquired after Aug. 31.

*To make room on the 40-man roster for Bloomquist, RHP Enerio Del Rosario was designated for assignment.

*Also, the Reds recalled reliever Jared Burton from Triple-A Louisville. Burton hasn’t been up all season and was 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 33 games for the Bats.

Monday lineup vs. ARI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Heisey 9
Arroyo 1

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Smith up, Del Rosario down

In an effort to get bullpen help, the Reds reached down to Double-A Carolina and called up RHP Jordan Smith on Tuesday. Enerio Del Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

At 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 27 games with 38 hits allowed over 28 1/3 innings, Smith’s numbers don’t look all that impressive but is a hot hand right now. In his last six appearances for Carolina, Smith posted a 1.13era (8ip, 1er). Dusty Baker also liked Smith in Spring Training.

Del Rosario had a 2.08 ERA in nine games but allowed seven of his nine inherited runners to score. Not good.

*Before this season, Smith had 74 Minor League games since he was drafted in 2006 — all were as a starting pitcher. The Reds told Smith he was becoming a reliever in Spring Training. Much of lofty numbers might reflect the adjustment.

Smith felt he was starting clicking once he improved his pitch selection and not just offering a first-pitch fastball.

“Since I’ve taken on the reliever role, I had to adjust my game just a little bit – different pitches at certain times,” Smith said. “I was trying to be too aggressive with my fastball at certain points. If you look at my hits, if you were there, probably half of those hits were infield hits, bloop hits that I was kind of getting unlucky. I started getting into a rhythm a couple of weeks ago and kept the ball down real good and it was moving. I feel better now.”

Smith got the good news of his first big league promotion from Carolina manager David Bell. He was napping and missed the call and had to call back.

“I called him back and he said ‘I have some good news but I can’t tell you over the phone. I have to tell you in person,'” Smith said. “I actually met him at a bank close to my apartment in Carolina. I got out of my truck and he said ‘you’re going to the big leagues.’ It was one of the most exciting feelings I’ve ever had. It was great.

“It’s starting to sink in now that I’m here. Yesterday, I couldn’t sit down. I was pacing so much. I couldn’t sleep. I finally fell asleep at six in the morning and woke up at seven to pack my stuff up in the clubhouse. I’m running on adrenaline right now.”

*Here’s what Dusty Baker said about Smith:

“We liked him at spring training. David Bell said he was throwing the ball real well, especially lately. We don’t know if this is temporary or permanent. It depends on him and depends on how we might revamp our rotation some in order to strengthen our bullpen some. We’re still at the drawing board on some of that stuff.”

My hunch is they’re considering either Sam LeCure or Homer Bailey for that spot. I asked Baker what options were on the table though.

“I can’t tell you that. We’ll see,” Baker said. “Some depends on how Smith fits in. Most of the pitchers are going six and a fraction. That seventh inning, it’s so very important. We’re looking for somebody to close that gap there. [Logan] Ondrusek has done a good job closing the gap but he can’t do it by himself.”

*Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after being diagnosed on Monday with a mild strain of his right hamstring. Phillips came in during the off day for treatment and it didn’t take any great lobbying to get back in the lineup after being scratched Sunday.

“He came in with the trainer,” Baker said. “A lot of it depends on what the trainer says. He says he

was feeling a whole lot better. He was playing with this for a while. I told him to just play smart, that’s all.”

*Ryan Hanigan took batting practice with the pitchers today and had no trouble. But trying to catch has still been a problem.

“It’s getting better but it [the thumb] still rattles when I catch,” Hanigan said. He has not been able to fit a pad into the thumb of his mitt that works. He was hoping the pain would subside to in a few more days to where it only hurts when he catches a ball in the wrong spot.


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Postgame extra: Rhodes hurting

Arthur Rhodes is only one man.

That one man has been super effective from the Reds bullpen, but is also hurting with a sore right foot. And the rest of the relievers haven’t been consistent at picking up the slack.

“I just have to deal with it,” Rhodes said of his foot after the Reds’ 6-5 loss to the Giants. “I don’t know what it is. I’m getting tired of it.”

Rhodes wasn’t the reason the Reds lost. He worked two-thirds of an inning in the eighth with one walk and one strikeout. That gave him 25-straight scoreless appearances (22 2/3 innings) and a 0.36 ERA in 27 games overall.

The “blown save” came in the seventh against Daniel Ray Herrera and Enerio Del Rosario. Johnny Cueto was in line for the victory, despite an off night, when the Reds took a 5-4 lead in the sixth. The Giants scored two in the top of the seventh.

“The last thing we want to do is kill Arthur Rhodes,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We were hoping some other guys would come through and pick Arthur up. We didn’t want to use Arthur if we could help it. He’s a warrior and a man. He’s been pitching in pain the last couple of weeks. … You can’t pitch Arthur every inning.”

Rhodes shrugged at questions about the foot, as he removed the wrap. He comes in early each day for treatment.

“I’ll be ready tomorrow,” he said. “It just hurts on certain pitches. I can fight through that.”

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnny Cueto has been the victim of five blown saves, most for any pitcher in the Major Leagues.

*It was not a good night Monday for Aroldis Chapman for Triple-A Louisville at Syracuse. Actually, it was a terrible line in a 7-2 loss: 2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 WP. 72 pitches/33 strikes.

*To learn more about catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall Draft pick by the Reds, click here.

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Bullpen help, Votto back

The Reds have bullpen reinforcements for Tuesday’s game vs. STL.

RHP Mike Lincoln went to the disabled list with a straight right latissimus dorsi muscle (on his side). RHP Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Both guys got pummeled yesterday and Lincoln allowed 12 runs over his last 7 2/3 innings. 

Recalled from Louisville were relievers Enerio Del Rosario and Logan Ondrusek

1B Joey Votto is back in the Reds lineup as well…

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

*Dusty Baker said that Lincoln had been dealing with this injury for a while.

“He doesn’t complain, alibi or cry about anything,” Baker said. “Last year, he had that neck problem. He had been on the DL so much in his career, that’s the last thing he wanted to do. When he gets healthy, he still has good stuff.”

*Ondrusek had eight of his last 10 outings at Louisville be scoreless but was roughed up for four runs in the two other games. He believed he made some adjustments to be back better this time.

“It’s just making sure I’m locating the fastball early, and getting ahead,” Ondrusek said. That’s the  big thing where I got hurt here. I was falling behind and having to throw more over the plate. Guys just started crushing me.”

*It was asked why Jared Burton wasn’t considered for the call-up. Burton had four-straight scoreless outings for Louisville…but had only had five outings since coming off the DL.

“Burt is throwing the ball but they thought he needed some more time,” Baker said. He hasn’t been back that long. It might have been Burt if he was pitching more. He has to get his endurance up. They say he’s looking pretty close to where he was last year. We want him all the way back.”

*Homer Bailey threw from 120 feet today. He is scheduled to have a bullpen session on Thursday. He hoped to return to start when he is eligible to come off the DL June 8.

*Sam LeCure was amped for his start on Wednesday, his second in the big leagues. He grew up a couple hours away in a small town near Jefferson City, MO. He already has 20 tickets set aside for family, and expected more people to attend.

“I even thought to myself after the first one, I might even be a little more nervous for the second one,” LeCure said. Growing up in this area – not that I was necessarily a Cardinals fan – it was always a dream to play in this stadium.”

*Here’s some interesting info — Baker’s teams are 88-90 all time vs. Tony LaRussa, entering today.

SF vs STL, 34-32
Cubs vs STL, 37-34
CIN vs STL, 17-24

Overall, 88-90

*In the 2002 NLCS, the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, which pushes Baker ahead 92-91.

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No Votto, roster move made

Fri lineup vs. HOU

Cabrera 6
Cairo 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
LeCure 1

*Joey Votto is missing from the lineup for the third-straight day (stiff neck).

Asked about whether the disabled list was possible for Votto, manager Dusty Baker couldn’t really say.

“I don’t know. I ain’t no doctor. I hope not,” Baker said. “I hope it’s just a stiff neck. It was better yesterday than the day before. We’ll wait as long as we can.”

*Miguel Cairo is 5-for-9 with a homer over the previous two games in Votto’s place, which has been a solid picking up of the slack.

“You want to contribute and do the little things that help the team win games,” Cairo said. “You don’t play every day so when one of the big boys, the regulars, gets a day or something happens to them, you’ve got to be ready to go out there and help the team.”

Cairo will be making his fourth start this season at first base, a position he hasn’t previously played since 2008 with the Mariners. Of his 727 career games in 14 seasons, 131 have been at first base.

*Arthur Rhodes, who has had been bothered by a sore foot the last couple of days, said he was ready to pitch tonight.

*To make room for Sam LeCure on the roster, Enerio Del Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

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Postgame extra: Reds 7-5 win

The good —

*Drew Stubbs went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the five-run sixth and a RBI double in the second. As is often the case, Stubbs was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He just missed going 4-for-4 when Iwamura stopped his rocket on the ground for a 463 GIDP.

*Stubbs’ average jumped 15 points from .203 to .218 and he’s batting .415 (17-for-41) since moving from leadoff to the seventh spot.

“I don’t do anything different than I do hitting first, ninth or whatever,” Stubbs said. “I felt good. I got some good pitches to hit up there. I put some good swings on them.”

*Lots of runs scored with two outs.

*After a Hanigan 643 GIDP with bases loaded, no outs, Reds kept rally going with four more runs. Aaron Harang’s lined RBI single was well done for a guy not known for hitting.

*Harang trucked around and scored standing up from first base when Orlando Cabrera followed in fourth with double through the left field gap.

“I was praying I could make it home at that point,” Harang said. “We don’t get to run the bases that often and Berry felt like I had a good shot at scoring and tried to make it home without falling on my face.”

*Arthur Rhodes made his 800th career appearance and worked another scoreless inning with one hit. Rhodes has not allowed a run in 18-straight appearances.

*Cool effort by the Reds and GABP to recreate some of the 1935 feel to mark the 75th anniversary of the first night game. Although I missed the video screen, the organ music was a great change of pace. It made me dislike a couple of the regular sound elements even more like a certain Black Eyed Peas song and the oft-used “Everybody clap your hands.”

The not so good —

*The Reds hit into five double plays in the game — including four on the ground.

*The B.E.P. music returned after a very nice seventh inning video montage that marked the return of modern ballpark displays.

The odd —

Enerio Del Rosario’s MLB debut line is this: 0 IP, 1 K. His lone batter, Andrew McCutchen, struck out but reached on a Ryan Hanigan passed ball.

Quote —

“The main thing is we got him runs and he scored a run and drove in a run. He won and we won. That’s the big deal. The line doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win.” — Dusty Baker on Harang, who gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

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Bailey to DL, Del Rosario up

The Reds placed starting pitcher Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Right-handed reliever Enerio Del Rosario was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s spot on the 25-man roster.

A starter to take Bailey’s turn will be needed on Friday, when the Reds open a series vs. the Astros. Bailey, 24, lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his start on Sunday and was lifted after his 46th pitch because of tightness in his right shoulder.

Del Rosario, who will wear No. 58 and make his big league debut when he appears, is a side-armed reliever that impressed in Spring Training. In 20 appearances for Louisville, he was 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA. He had four walks and 17 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings.

Last season, Del Rosario posted a 3-1 record and 1.68 ERA with 12 walks and 54 strikeouts in 50 games combined at three levels. His career took off once he switched from throwing overhand to sidearm. 

Here is something Dusty Baker said about Del Rosario during Spring Training.

“He’s impressed me,” Baker said. “You wouldn’t know it’s his first time in big league camp. He fields his position well. I talked to some guys about him and they said he calls infielders off he’s such a great fielder. He keeps the ball down, runs it in on them. There’s always a place on a team, sooner or later, for a guy with a good natural sinker.”  

Thursday afternoon notes

The Reds are up to a .500 spring record after a 3-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday. They were outhit, 7-6, and committed two errors but there were many positives.

*Joey Votto snapped a 0-for-9 skid to start play with a long home run to the grassy knoll in right-center field. His long ball provided the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

“It was just a matter of time because Joey can hit,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It was nice for him to hit one on that bank over there.”

*Starter Johnny Cueto pitched three scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and one strikeout. He had made some mechanical tweaks he seemed to be pleased with.

“I wanted to bring my leg up and stay in a straight line and keep my shoulder in,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “I threw fastball, two-seamer – no curveball. I threw a slider and changeup.”

*A throwing error by pitcher Jared Burton led to a run scoring on a double play in the sixth. The run was still earned and ended a streak of 15 scoreless innings for Reds pitchers.

*After Burton, Enerio Del Rosario, Pedro Viola and Logan Ondrusek combined for three scoreless innings.

*1B Yonder Alonso was charged with his third error of spring when missed a catch in the ninth.

“We’ve got good pitching today but we still made a couple of errors, which was not pleasing,” Baker said. “We have to keep working on it.”

*Chris Dickerson is 4-for-11 (.364) through five games. Dickerson hit two-out, RBI triple in the fifth inning.

*One funny thing I saw before the game this morning was Aroldis Chapman trying to hit in the cage. Chapman fouled back his first three offerings and people in the field were laughing. Chapman was a good sport and smiled his way through it before he got some knocks into the field to sarcastic cheer. Jamie Ramsey took a little video but what I saw wasn’t included in the clip.

*Reds great Barry Larkin was scheduled to start as guest instructor today but I didn’t see him. His familiar No. 11 jersey was hanging in a locker with his name on it in the coaches room this morning. Larkin is expected to be in camp for about 10 days. 

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Keep an eye on Del Rosario

Reliever prospect Enerio Del Rosario has been one the more impressive arms in camp this spring. A sidearmed, sinker thrower — his pitches move…a lot and stay down. He could be an interesting call-up at some point if the Reds need late-inning help. You’ll want to keep an eye on his progress this season.

What’s interesting about Del Rosario is he nearly washed out as an overhand thrower. Class A Sarasota pitching coach Tom Brown got him to throw sidearmed and zing … it might have been a career salvaging fix.

“I hoped I could help him a little bit,” said Brown, who was moved up to Double-A Carolina for 2010. “He was just one of those guys that was an over-the-top four-seam fastball and threw 93 mph. He had a 9.00 ERA and that didn’t work real well. But he was such a great athlete. His ability to field his position, make quick decisions and do things almost like a shortstop. “[Then-GCL Reds skipper] Pat Kelly and I sat there and said you know what? Let’s give it a shot.”

Del Rosario reached Triple-A by the end of the season. In 50 relief appearances combined at three levels, he was 3-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 12 saves. This will be my story for later today…

Some notes from Dusty Baker’s office this morning:

*Baker is not opposed to the notion of carrying three catchers out of camp. But there’s plenty of stipulations needed for that to happen.

“It depends on the makeup of the club,” Baker said. “If you have three catchers, he needs to play more than one position. It depends on what we need – a right bat, switch, speed, utility. When putting a club together, you try not to have any weaknesses if you can help it. you try not to be too right-handed dominant or left-handed dominant. When you play certain clubs, they’re going to overmatch or outmatch you.”

The only extra catcher in camp that could play other positions would be Wilkin Castillo. He can play around the infield.

*To get more work for the players, the Reds are trying to schedule another ‘B’ game for March 14. They haven’t found a club, yet.

“We’re just trying to get a match,” Baker said. “That would be perfect for our pitching.”

*Here is the starting rotation plan for the next few days. Mike Lincoln has at least two more starts scheduled while fellow fifth spot candidate Matt Maloney is slated for his first.

Wed at LAA: RHP Mike Lincoln (0-1, 27.00) vs LHP Trevor Reckling                    
Thu vs Mil (ss):    RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 9.00) vs LHP Chris Narveson

Fri at LAD (ss):    RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Clayton Kershaw 

Sat at Cubs (ss):   RHP Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.53) vs TBA                                              

Sun vs WSox:        LHP Matt Maloney (2-4, 4.87) vs TBA                                               Mon vs Oak:          RHP Mike Lincoln vs TBA  

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Tuesday morning notes

You never know who is reading the stories that go up on the Internet. The other day, I wrote one on Dusty Baker and it being the final year of his contract. The first quote included the following phrase:

“It ain’t no thing.”

Sure enough, Baker got a phone call from a certain former teacher — his mother.

“My mom got on me. ‘How many years have I been telling you to quit saying ain’t?'” Baker said on Tuesday morning. “What is ‘ain’t no thing? You’re more articulate than that.'”

Sorry, Mrs. Baker.

*Only two more days of straight workouts before there is some game activity for Thursday’s intrasquad game. For those in Arizona, that one isn’t open to the public because the city is getting Goodyear

Ballpark ready for Friday’s opener.

*One pitcher who has impressed many in camp has been sidearmed right-handed reliever Enerio Del Rosario. The 24-year-old is 6-foot-2 and listed at only 165 pounds but his ball has lots of movement and stays down.

Del Rosario is the kind of reliever that can put out a fire with runners on base by getting the double play.

“He’s impressed me,” Baker said. “It was the first time I’ve seen him. I heard about him. he has a loose arm. You wouldn’t know it’s his first time in big league camp. He fields his position well. I talked to some guys about him and they said he calls infielders off he’s such a great fielder. He keeps the ball down, runs it in on them. There’s always a place on a team, sooner or later, for a guy with a good natural sinker.”

*Two instructors in camp have no connection to the Reds but have been here helping out — former big leaguers Ellis Burks and Tony Phillips.

“I just brought [Phillips] and Ellis in – big league guys that know how to play big league baseball,” Baker said. “They both live here. Perhaps they can help the minor leagues and the guys that stay behind in the Arizona League. We’ll see. They’re here on a spring training invite.”

Phillips played from 1982-99 with six teams. He played seven different positions, plus designated hitter. Burks played with five clubs from 1987-2004. 

Baker knew Phillips with the A’s and GM Walt Jocketty knew Burks when they were with the Rockies.

“Just like ED [Eric Davis], they can bring more to the table than just one department,” Baker said.

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