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Hairston hurt, Reds lose 9-7

You had to wonder how long Jerry Hairston Jr. would last in tonight’s game after fouling a ball hard off of his left ankle in the fourth inning. It looked very painful and replays showed Hairston yelping in pain right on contact.

Hairston was replaced by Darnell McDonald in center field before the top of the sixth and was later diagnosed with a “tight left lower leg.” It turned out that the fourth inning incident wasn’t what took him out.

“That one killed but went away,”Hairston said. “But the one that caused me to go out was the one I hit in the first inning. I hit it right in the calf. I hit it pretty good right in there and it just locked up.”

It wasn’t a pretty night for either starting pitcher — Edinson Volquez or Mike Pelfrey. Volquez threw pitch economy out the window — 107 pitches over just 4 1/3 innings (60 strikes). He gave up five earned runs and six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Two-out scoring chances hurt Volquez. He walked David Wright with two outs in a 24-pitch first inning. The next batter, Carlos Delgado, smoked a 438-foot homer into the right field seats. There were two outs when the Mets got a double and back-to-back walks by the seventh and eighth hitters to load the bases before Volquez escaped. But he used 32 pitches that inning.

The Reds had a nice first inning while sending nine up against Pelfrey, who was fooling no one while throwing 44 pitches. Joey Votto crushed a grooved fastball into the left-center field seats for a three-run homer.

But missed chances galore buried the Reds, none more than the ninth inning when Francisco Rodriguez had the bases loaded on two walks and one out. Alex Gonzalez struck out after going 2-0 and Laynce Nix just missed hitting a grand slam. The ball was caught at the warning track.

Some post-game quotes:

Dusty Baker: “We still fought back and had action at the end there. We had Frankie on the ropes. His control wasn’t there but he got it when he needed it.”

Joey Votto: “It’s frustrating but I still feel very optimistic about the team. I think as good as their bullpen is and supposed to be, we keep battling and made it pretty uncomfortable for them at the end.”

Laynce Nix: “I hit it solid. I was under it just a little bit. I would like to be in that position again and square that ball up.” 

Gomes to play for Louisville

When Triple-A Louisville opens it season on Thursday, outfielder Jonny Gomes will be on the roster. Gomes accepted the assignment on Wednesday instead of choosing free agency.

“He’s down there,” GM Walt Jocketty said.

It was stunning to me when Gomes was cut, but I split Florida before he really declined. Despite hitting .250, he still led the club during camp with four homers and was tied for second with 12 RBIs.

If Gomes gets hot at Triple-A, I could envision a quick return. I think the Reds bench is lacking a guy that can be a game-changer in the late-innings.

More news you can use:

SS Alex Gonzalez felt no ill effects with his left knee after going all nine innings Monday in poor conditions.

“I feel good. I don’t feel any soreness,” Gonzalez said. “Any time you play nine innings, your body feels like you got punched by somebody. I didn’t feel like my body was heavy and there wasn’t any kind of pain. I was working in Miami five days a week [in the off-season], groundballs, hitting and running. I worked all year, especially for that.”

Manager Dusty Baker hasn’t decided if he’ll play Gonzalez Thursday with a day game after a night game.

“We’ll see how he comes out today,” Baker said. “If we have a big lead, hopefully we can get him out today and get him back in tomorrow. We’re going on how he feels. We just told him he’s on the honor system and tell us the truth because we have a long way to go.” 

OF Jacque Jones was released when the club did not have a spot for him in Triple-A.

OF Willy Taveras is out of the lineup again tonight because of the flu. He could be available to pinch-run. Jerry Hairston Jr. is starting in center field and leading off while Chris Dickerson is in left field.

The Reds took their team photo today. The picture will be given away to the first 40,000 fans attending the 4/24 game vs. the Braves.

Have a favorite Reds pitcher? Vote to decide which one will be a bobblehead for a July 18 giveaway.

Under the Lights: Twins-Reds early notes

Night tilt today, folks. Here’s the nitty-gritty. First the lineup:

Taveras  CF
Hairston SS (first game back)
Votto  1B
Phillips  2B (back from illness)
Bruce  RF
Keppinger 3B
Dickerson LF
Hernandez C
Owings P

A couple quick notes:

  • Reds starting pitchers haven’t allowed a run in 17 innings
  • While Owings got the night start, fifth starter competitor Homer Bailey threw in a Minor League game this afternoon. I’ll pass along info on that when I get it. Update:  Still don’t have the line on his outing, but Dusty Baker said, “He looked pretty good. He had trouble getting his secondary pitches over. He was out of sync a little bit.”
  • Arthur Rhodes and Jared Burton threw in a minor league game yesterday. Each threw an inning, with Rhodes giving up two hits, but no runs, while striking out a pair. Burton struck out two and gave up just one hit, but it was a solo homer.
  • Edwin Encarnacion‘s shoulder still wasn’t ready to today. He was going to try to swing a little today. The test will be how he throws after swinging. To that end, Baker said he had to see him do both before he’d be ready to put him back in the lineup. Friday is a possibility, but giving him an extra day to see how his shoulder responds to heightened activity might not be a bad thing. He had had his shoulder examined and there wasn’t any damage, just some inflammation
  • Alex Gonzalez was going to test his hamstring a little today. It was still unclear when he’d be ready to return to game action.
  • With Hairston and Phillips back in the lineup, the Reds are starting to look like, well, the Reds. Once they get the two aforementioned infielders back, they’ll be good to go. “We want to start the season healthy,” Baker said. “That’s one of the real keys.”

. — Jonathan Mayo

Notes of note pre-game Red Sox-Reds

I need to work on my headline writing. That will not entice people to read, will it? But here we go…

  • Edwin Encarnacion remained out of the lineup with his sore shoulder, but Dusty Baker said he was feeling better and they were hoping he’d be able to play on Friday.
  • Jerry Hairston Jr.  is going to DH in a Minor League game today. It’ll be one of those deals where he’ll lead off every inning so he can get a bunch of at-bats. He could see big-league action tomorrow, at least for a few innings. Look for a story about Hairston over on later today.
  • Baker was waiting to hear an update on Alex Gonzalez and his hamstring. He went home to Miami to see his therapist. Trainer Mark Mann said it was just a little spot and not too bad. He is the proverbial “day-to-day.” Baker: “More than anything, it scares him. He’s thinking, ‘Oh no, not again.’ (in terms of getting injured). I’m glad he stopped when he did.”
  • Brandon Phillips was back in camp today following his illness. He might play a few innings tomorrow.
  • Don’t pay attention to Bronson Arroyo’s line from his Minor League start yesterday (5 IP, 6 runs, 5 earned, 11 hits, 1 BB, 3 K). He threw only fastballs and changeups the entire 84-pitch outing. Here’s what Arroyo had to say about it:

“I told the catcher no signs. I just told him to set up inside and outside and I’d throw fastballs and changeups to either side. The hit the ball nice, but the wind was blowing out at hurricane speed. I threw a lot of fastballs, which I wanted to do, because I can lose command of that when I’m tired. I must have thrown 70 fastballs. My arm was sore an hour after, which was good. It’s better to be killed back there than on the big field on Sunday.” (Arroyo will start on Sunday against the Rays here in Sarasota.

  • The rotation goes as follows: Tomorrow vs. Twins: Micah Owings (Homer Bailey will pitch in a minor-league game; Aaron Harang starts Friday in Tampa against the Yankees; Edinson Volquez gets the start in Port Charlotte against the Rays, then Arroyo on Sunday.
  • Arthur Rhodes and Jared Burton will start in minor league games today. Daryl Thompson will pitch with Homer Bailey in that minor league game tomorrow.

That’s all I got for now. Have a great day, everyone…

Hairston sick, lineups & news

It’s a breezy morning in Port Charlotte, where the Reds and Rays will play at 1:05 p.m.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF, Dickerson LF, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Bruce RF, Encarnacion 3B, Jones DH, Keppinger SS, Hanigan C

P Volquez (Micah Owings, Jared Burton, Bill Bray and Arthur Rhodes will also get work)

Rays lineup:

Bartlett SS, Crawford LF, Aybar 2B, Pena 1B, Burrell DH, Gross RF, Kapler CF, Ensberg 3B, Hernandez C

P – Hammel

News you can use:

  • We learned late that Owings will not be here. He remained in Sarasota to pitch in a Minor League game. Results will be posted when I get them.
  • IF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. is done with the World Baseball Classic now that Mexico is out. But Hairston is sick with a viral infection he picked up down there and manager Dusty Baker it would probably be Friday, maybe Thursday, before Hairston arrives.

“I told my trainer I don’t want him,” Baker said. “That’s the worst thing that can happen, especially this time of year, you can get a plague going through your clubhouse. I know he’s champing at the bit. I haven’t called him because I know he’ll try to convince me if I call him.”

  • Jacque Jones got a lot of extra at-bats as the DH in a Minor League game Tuesday. As you likely saw above, Jones is in today’s starting lineup. He’s entering the day batting .077.

“Jacque got seven or eight at-bats and hit the ball pretty good,” Baker said. “He hit a home run to left field, which is his stroke, and a couple of other hits. You can work on some stuff when it doesn’t count.”

  • Baker was asked about the comparisons people are making about the Reds being like the Rays of last year.

“A lot of people are going to compare you to the Rays if you have a young team,” he said. “It took them a while to get to this point, and a whole bunch of No. 1 draft choices to get to this point. But here and now, they have a good man at the helm and a good coaching staff. The Rays have given a lot of mid-range payroll teams hope.”

  • In the something I haven’t seen before at a ballpark department, a local animal control officer was in the seats behind home plate trying to catch a raccoon during BP. Using one of those long rods with a noose, he eventually caught the raccoon with the device and stuffed him safely inside a crate.

“He’s probably going to make raccoon stew,” joked Marty Brennaman.


Reds 1-0 in Grapefruit League play

It was a solid start for the Reds, which played a solid overall game for a 7-0 win over the Rays. A five-run fifth inning broke a scoreless tie as Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a grand slam and Darnell McDonald added an RBI single. In the ninth, Adam Rosales deposited a two-run homer into the left field bullpen.

It was a positive start for Edinson Volquez, who gave up two hits, a walk and a wild pitch with three strikeouts over three scoreless innings. Volquez had a challenge in the bottom of the third when he walked the leadoff batter, gave up a one-out single off his glove. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. With two outs and Evan Longoria up in a 2-0 count, Volquez used three changeups and Longoria was called out on strikes.

“I felt good today,” Volquez said. “I was a little bit wild but I made the adjustment and made good pitches. I was in trouble with my fastball command a little bit and went to my changeup.”

On getting Longoria? “That was a big inning with two men on base,” Volquez said. “I got him out with a changeup.”

Johnny Cueto threw three hitless innings with three strikeouts in relief on Volquez. Homer Bailey followed with a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh with two strikeouts.

“It was a real good day, any time you get a shutout,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We threw strikes and we played very good defense – no errors. Guys executed well and that’s what happens when you get that good pitching. All of a sudden, boom, you get  a big inning.

“Everybody threw the ball well – Cueto, Volquez, Homer, [Aaron] Fultz, [Jared] Burton, all of them.”

Here is your box score:


Game on.

Today is the first day of the rest of the season…really. Grapefruit League action starts today and if we’re thinking alike — it’s a very welcomed date on the calendar.

For now, here is the Rays’ lineup. (See earlier post for the Reds)

Bartlett SS, Crawford LF, Longoria 3B, Burrell DH, Aybar 1B, Navarro C, Zobrist 2B, Gross RF, Perez CF   P Hernandez.

In transactions — LHP Bill Bray, SS Paul Janish and C/IF Wilkin Castillo agreed to one-year contracts. The Reds have eight players unsigned.

In other notes from the clubhouse:

Castillo and LHP Pedro Viola were not selected by the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic but no reason was given. Manager Dusty Baker did not rule out carrying three catchers so Castillo could benefit from the D.R.’s decision.

“For Castillo, it’s a chance to show more what he can do,” Baker said. “His chances were increased by not going without being selected.

“If you’re going to have a third catcher, you’d like him to be more versatile. He could play a lot of places.”

“I’m trying to make the team and I’m working hard,” Castillo said. “I am ready to play everywhere — wherever the manager needs me.”

The Reds’ lineup appeared to be similar to what you will see on April 6 for Opening Day.

“Pretty close,” Baker said. “It depends on who we’re facing. On Opening Day, we’ll see [Mets lefty ace Johan] Santana so it might be a little different.”

The lineup will be together for the next four days since Joey Votto, Willy Taveras, Jerry Hairston and Ramon Hernandez are leaving March 1 for the WBC. Baker used a DH in Jacque Jones and doesn’t plan on having pitchers hit until at least March 10. 

This is the first time big league baseball has been played in Port Charlotte since 2002 when the Rangers were in the facility. They moved to Surprise, Ariz., the following year. Since then, a $27 million renovation was done here and the ballpark looks like a very nice place for fans to watch baseball.


Reds representing

World Baseball Classic rosters were revealed on Tuesday night on MLB Network. There are nine players, six in particular, that you’ll probably care about more because they play for the Reds.

First baseman Joey Votto will play for Team Canada while starting pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto and center fielder Willy Taveras are set to play for the Dominican Republic. Utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. will play for Mexico and catcher Ramon Hernandez will play for Venezuela.

Among the Minor Leaguers in the organization, pitchers Alexander Smit and Juan Carlos Sulbaran are playing for the Netherlands while infielder Yen-Wen Kuo is headed to the Chinese Taipei club.

Mario Soto, who works in the Reds front office, will be the pitching coach for the Dominican squad and will supervise Volquez and Cueto closely.

Participating players will leave camp to join their squads on March 1. The 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament will run from March 5-23.

What do you think of the Reds participating? Would you like seeing some of the players facing off against one another? 

No early games for Gonzalez

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez has had no setbacks since running the bases the other day but the Reds decided to not start him for the start of exhibition games as a precaution. Gonzalez also won’t play in Tuesday’s intrasquad afternoon workout.

“Gonzo isn’t going to start [Tuesday], or for a few days. My guess is at least a week,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s just what I see and the trainers see. And where we are in the scheduling to get him ready for Opening Day. We’re trying to keep him healthy to be ready, that’s all. There are still a few tests he has to pass – sliding, cutting or if he had to get out of the way for a double play and avoid a collision.”

Gonzalez missed all of last season with compression fracture in his left knee, which required surgery. Look for Jeff Keppinger and Jerry Hairston Jr. to get more time at shortstop to prepare just in case Gonzalez isn’t ready — not that anyone is saying yet that he won’t be ready to start the season.

Other notes for Monday:

Baker said he is considering carrying five or six outfielders. With Willy Taveras set in center field and Jay Bruce in right field, that means there could be room for left field candidates Hairston, Chris Dickerson, Jonny Gomes and Jacque Jones to all make the roster.

“Somebody just might emerge and take it. That’d be fine with me,” Baker said. “But if we started right now, it probably would be more of a platoon situation with somebodies.”

No decision has been made yet whether to carry 11 or 12 pitchers.

I made a slight error in my Jones feature on Sunday. He had the lasiks eye surgery after he played in Mexican winter ball and not before like I wrote. That means Jones hit well while not seeing well down there. Interesting.

I think almost everyone is looking forward to a game of some sort being played on Tuesday. The repetition of drills does get redundant and people can start to separate themselves a little during game action. For me at least, Tuesday morning will be like how Bill Murray felt when he finally got to Feb. 3 in “Groundhog Day.”

Here are some lineups for Tuesday’s five-inning workout:

Home team:

1. Willy Taveras CF

2. Jerry Hairston Jr. LF

3. Joey Votto 1B

4. Brandon Phillips 2B

5. Jay Bruce RF

6. Edwin Encarnacion 3B

7. Jeff Keppinger SS

8. Ramon Hernandez C

9. Laynce Nix DH

Aaron Harang – P


1. Norris Hopper CF

2. Chris Dickerson LF

3. Adam Rosales 2B

4. Juan Francisco 3B

5. Jonny Gomes RF

6. Daryle Ward 1B

7. Ryan Hanigan C

8. Paul Janish SS

9. Jacque Jones DH

Jordan Smith – P



Cueto definitely pitching for D.R.

Johnny Cueto has delievered his RSVP for the World Baseball Classic. He’s definitely pitching for the Dominican Republic, instructor Mario Soto confirmed on Saturday.

With Edinson Volquez already locked in, the Reds will have two-fifths of their 2009 rotation away for a while. The World Baseball Classic tournament runs from March 5-23. Cueto, Volquez and Soto will leave camp on March 1 to begin workouts with the Dominican squad.

“They could be gone a week, or three weeks,” Reds pitching coach Dick Pole said.

Other Reds also planning on playing in the Classic are first baseman Joey Votto (Canada), catcher Ramon Hernandez (Venezuela) and utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. (Mexico).

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