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Hernandez hurting

Reds vs. A’s, 4:05 p.m. ET, WLW/MLB.com audio

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Leake 1

*The regulars are playing nine innings today, except for Phillips.

*Ramon Hernandez has been bothered by a sore elbow and will be examined Thursday when Dr. Kremchek is back in town. It wasn’t known how much time, if any, Hernandez might miss. 

“He’s treating it,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It just came up. It just happened. It’s nothing structural in there. He’s having a little trouble getting extended sometimes.”

Hernandez will DH tomorrow in a Minor League game since he’s not bothered while hitting.

*And because someone asked, here are the remaining 35 players in Reds camp.

Pitchers (16)

33 Arredondo, Jose
61 Arroyo, Bronson
34 Bailey, Homer
51 Burton, Jared
48 Cordero, Francisco
47 Cueto, Johnny
44 Leake, Mike
63 LeCure, Sam
40 Masset, Nick
66 Ondrusek, Logan
36 Volquez, Edinson
45 Bray, Bill
54 Chapman, Aroldis
56 Maloney, Matt
50 Willis, Dontrelle*
30 Wood, Travis

Catchers (4)

29 Hanigan, Ryan
55 Hernandez, Ramon
65 Mesoraco, Devin*
37 Miller, Corky*

Infielders (8)
 
43 Cairo, Miguel
64 Francisco, Juan
7 Janish, Paul
4 Phillips, Brandon
16 Renteria, Edgar
27 Rolen, Scott
3 Valaika, Chris
19 Votto, Joey

Outfielders (7)

32 Bruce, Jay
31 Gomes, Jonny
28 Heisey, Chris
26 Hermida, Jeremy*
15 Lewis, Fred
77 Sappelt, Dave*
6 Stubbs, Drew

* = non-roster player

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Wednesday’s lineup vs. White Sox

Stubbs DH
Heisey 8
Lewis 7
Francisco 5
Hermida 9
Hernandez 2
Cozart 6
Frazier 3
Valaika 4

Bailey 1

*Ramon Hernandez is back in camp after being away for two days. Hernandez went to Ft. Lauderdale to take his U.S. citizenship exam. He said he passed without issue. All that stands between him and being an American is the swearing-in ceremony. Hernandez is a native of Venezuela.

“I already live here,” Hernandez said Wednesday. “My wife is a citizen. My kids are citizens. I’m the only one left.”

*Dusty Baker remains firmly in the corner of pitcher Homer Bailey, who will start later today. Here is a small sample of Baker’s feelings on Bailey:

“There were some great pitchers I’ve seen that started out a whole lot worse than Homer,” Baker said. “He’s got a chance to be an ace, I think.”

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Games a welcomed sight

Today’s 1:05 intrasquad game is scheduled for five innings.

Team White:

Sappelt 8
Cozart 6
Lewis 7
Francisco 5
Hermida 9
Heisey DH
Alonso 3
Valaika 4
Miller 2
Wood 1

Team Gray:

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Mesoraco DH
Frazier 5
Janish 6
Hanigan 2
Ondrusek 1

Scott Rolen, Edgar Renteria and Ramon Hernandez are not playing in the scrimmage. Miguel Cairo will replace Votto at first base.

“You notice the common denominator here? Age,” manager Dusty Baker said. “If I play them today, do I start off two days in a row with Renteria, Hernandez or Rolen? I don’t think so.”

Baker is trying to program the camp for his veterans to get enough rest to be fresher, longer during the regular season.

*Also scheduled to pitch today:

RHP Daryl Thompson, RHP Jerry Gil, RHP Matt Klinker, RHP Logan Ondrusek, RHP Jordan
Smith, LHP Philippe Valiquette and LHP Jeremy Horst.

The games are generally a welcomed time for players, coaches and writers alike. You get excited for the first workouts to get here and just when you’re getting itchy to get beyond that, the exhibition games start. And just when that seems to get tedious, it’s time for the regular season to open.

“Like anything else out here, you get used to the monotony and you’re ready for a change,” center fielder Drew Stubbs said. “We’ll still obviously have the same workouts we’re doing now but we’ll start mixing in some games. We’ll start seeing some new faces on the other side. It keeps everything fresh for us.”

Some people often ask me how a player “looks” during the early workouts or bullpen session. I’m not a scout or coach so I don’t often pick up on mechanical issues with deliveries or swings. There’s not much to tell from one live BP or a bullpen session. But in a game, you can begin to judge outcomes and how they fare in competition.

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Catching situation and older guys

The line of Monday morning came in Dusty Baker’s office when a younger reporter the manager didn’t know walked in among the regular group of beat writers.

“Who are you with young man?” Baker said.

The guy said he was from Baseball Youth Magazine.

“I knew you weren’t with AARP,” Baker responded to laughter. “They send me stuff every day. As long as you’re there by 5 p.m., you can eat the early bird special.”

On to the business of the morning —

*I asked Baker if he was planning on splitting catching duties mostly even between Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan. Last season, Hernandez wound up with more at-bats with 313 to Hanigan’s 203 but Hanigan also missed 38 games with a fractured left thumb.

“It’ll probably be about the same,” Baker said. “They were both very productive. They’re both strong and caught well, threw well. That’s about as good of a tandem as there is in baseball. And they get along well, which helps.”

*Baker has had some meetings lately with some of his older players

“I pulled up the stats from last year of at-bats and innings to get an idea of how to program each guy and get them ready,” Baker said. “Everybody is different, especially guys like Scotty, Renteria and Cairo. Older guys seem to take a little longer to get ready. Last year, Cairo didn’t look good at all and got better as the season goes on That’s what usually happens to the older guy. It takes him longer to get ready and younger guys are usually ready sooner. It’s kind of hard to compare and older guy to a younger guy at Spring Training, especially early.”

*Today’s workout was pushed back to the afternoon to let the fields dry after all of the weekend rain.

“We need to get on the field, especially our infielders,” Baker said.

*Live batting practice, where Reds hitters face Reds pitchers begins Tuesday.

*An intrasquad game will be played on Saturday.

*No pitching assignments have been revealed yet for when games start on Sunday.

*Baker plans on using the DH in Cactus League games until the middle of March to give hitters more at-bats. With pitchers not working very long that early in spring, they wouldn’t get many at-bats any way.

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Reds re-sign Hernandez

The Reds re-signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a one-year contract, worth $3 million.

Hernandez’s return wasn’t too stunning since the club indicated it was interested in having him back. He was just as interested. Talking on the phone from his home in Miami, he seemed very pleased.

“I wanted to come back,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got a great group of guys, a great pitching staff and I like to be around good people. I can trust them and they are loyal.

“Anyone wants more than one year but it is what it is. I didn’t want bounce around from team to team.  I like Cincinnati. At least I am back next year. It’s the same [money]. I’m happy with what I’ve got and back with the team. We all know each other. We know what it takes to be a winning team. We got a taste and know what we have to do to get to the next level.”

Below is the release from the Reds:

            “We wanted to provide our young pitching staff with some continuity. We felt all of our pitchers were comfortable pitching to Ramon,” Jocketty said. “We also like his production at the plate. Our catchers were very solid last year offensively.”

            Last season, Reds catchers led the National League with 168 hits and a .296 batting average while ranking second with 91 RBI and third with an on-base percentage of .375.

            Hernandez, 34, was acquired by the Reds from the Baltimore Orioles, along with cash, during the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in exchange for IF/OF Ryan Freel, IF Justin Turner and IF Brandon Waring. In the last 2 seasons he hit .278 in 178 appearances, including .297 in 97 games last year.

            In 2010, Hernandez led the Reds with 85 starts behind the plate but also made 2 starts at first base. He hit .311 in his last 40 appearances of the season and for most of the year led all National League catchers in fielding percentage.

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Free agency begins

And so it begins…the Hot Stove season.

At the very moment of Brian Wilson recording the final strikeout to give the Giants the World Series win over the Rangers, 142 players automatically became free agents late Monday night. Under new rules, they no longer have to file for it…it just happens.

The new rules also shorten the exclusive negotiating period for free agents from 15 days to five days. After the fifth day, free agents can negotiate and sign with any club.

As expected, these are the Reds free agents from the list provided by the MLBPA:

Bloomquist, Willie               
Cairo, Miguel                      
Edmonds, Jim                       
Hernandez, Ramon                
Lincoln, Michael              
Rhodes, Arthur               
Springer, Russ

From this list, expect the Reds to make attempts to bring back Hernandez, Cairo and Rhodes. Edmonds was contemplating retirement but I could envision his potential return if he wanted to keep playing and was healthy enough to give it a go. 

Also — be sure to bookmark this blog link — http://mlb.mlblogs.com/ — it will be our MLB-wide blog of transactions, rumors and breaking hot stove news during the winter.                

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Postgame: Wood a playoff starter?

Rookie Travis Wood did nothing tonight to make me believe he shouldn’t start in the best-of-five NLDS, especially if the Reds end up facing the lefty-hitting heavy Phillies.

Wood’s line: 6.1 ip, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Two of his runs were given up with Logan Ondrusek on the mound.

Philadelphia will feature  Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez — all left-handed. Rollins and Victorino are switch-hitters.With a short series, it would seem more conventional that the Reds go with three starters. Or do they take four?

If only three starters go for the Reds? Who gets exiled to the bullpen?

Edinson Volquez seems to have a hot hand. Bronson Arroyo isn’t going anywhere. Wood has two walks allowed with 24 strikeouts over his last four starts (24 1/3 innings).

What about Johnny Cueto? He has a 1.20 ERA vs. the Phillies in two starts this season. But he is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA over his last six starts of the regular season. After his mostly solid year, could he actually not start in the first round of the postseason? What becomes of Homer Bailey?

It’s a tough call and I don’t envy Dusty Baker and Bryan Price. What would you do?

Quick notes —

*Friday’s 4-3 Reds loss in 11 innings does not guarantee a NLDS with the Phillies but it did assure them of starting the playoffs on the road — either at Philly or the NL West winner.
If the NL West leading Giants or Padres get the Wild Card away from the Braves, that team would get the Phillies.

*The Brandon Phillips E4 on Casey McGehee’s grounder in the 11th was changed to a RBI single. Phillips was screened some by the umpire, which was why the change was made by the official scorer postgame.

*A string of 22-straight retired for the bullpen was snapped on Craig Counsell’s single of Logan Ondrusek in the seventh inning that went as a blown save.

*Scott Rolen’s exit in the fifth was pre-planned before the game to preserve him for the playoffs. Rolen will not start Saturday, Dusty Baker said.

 

Postgame quotes –

“He pitched good. He threw the ball pretty good and was down in the strike zone and ahead of the hitters. I think he threw a very good ballgame. It’s one of those games you get bad luck. There’s nothing you can do. It won’t be the first or last time it happens.” — Ramon Hernandez on Travis Wood

“That seventh inning, things kind of happened. He had 103 pitches and he usually doesn’t go quite the long. He was still looking good that inning. We just kind of let that one get away from us tonight.” — Dusty Baker on Wood.

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Postgame: Wood good for playoffs?

Reds rookie LHP Travis Wood is trying to make a case for getting a spot on the Reds postseason rotation. On Tuesday, Wood pitched well but not great. He gave up nine hits and three runs over five innings with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts.

Wood is 5-3 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Over his last six starts, he is 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA.

With Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto locked in. Wood, Homer Bailey and Edinson Volquez will seek the other one or two spots in the rotation.

“I try not to think about it,” Wood said. He has a career-high 183 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Other notes —

*Got to give credit to Daniel Hudson because he flat out pitched great with eight scoreless innings. Since coming to the NL, Hudson is 6-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine starts. The one loss was vs. the Reds in Arizona on Aug. 17.

*Ramon Hernandez was robbed of a potential game-winner in the ninth. He scored a bases-loaded drive to the right field gap that was snared with a great running catch by Justin Upton.

*Aaron Harang made his first relief appearance of the season in the ninth. After he walked leadoff batter Augie Ojeda, he caught him stealing and got two fly outs to left field.

*Sam LeCure pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Wood departed.

*Brandon Phillips is 1-for-his-last 19 after a 0-for-4, 2 K game.

*A Cardinals loss to the Cubs closed the Reds’ magic number to 12.

More quotes —

“With [Hernandez] I wasn’t playing so much to right field I was playing more to the gap because he drives balls out there. Once it came off the bat I knew I had a bead on it. Actually it kind of went up in the lights a little bit and I was a little hesitant whether I was going to catch it or not, but it came out once I got beyond the lights and I was able to snare it.” — Arizona RF Justin Upton

“He’s a good athlete and very fast. He got a good jump after I hit it. It was a great play. You have to tip your hat to a guy that can make a good catch like that, especially to end the game.” — Ramon Hernandez on Upton

“He had a lot of strikeouts but they centered some balls too at the right time, RBI time. Travis pitched pretty good.” — Dusty Baker on Travis Wood

“At the end of the day, 3-1 them. I need to go deeper in the ballgame, control pitches and get ahead of hitters.” — Travis Wood.

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Reds seeking series win

Sunday lineup vs. LAD

Phillip 4
Cairo 5
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2 Hanigan 2
Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

Dusty Baker tipped yesterday that Rolen might not play and that Heisey would definitely play. But it’s an unexpected twist that Hernandez is catching since Hanigan is usually paired with Arroyo. Hernandez has been super hot at the plate of late (.379 with 17 RBIs, last 15 games) but it’s still worth asking.

**Sorry — there was a mistake is the info. Hanigan is the starting catching, not Hernandez. It’s not a scratch or anything.

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Roster moves — Izzy, Hernandez

*The Reds agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with RHP Jason Isringhausen. He will report to Triple-A Louisville.

Isringhausen, 37, threw a bullpen session for the Reds on Tuesday and impressed. Just how much he impressed was kept on the downlow.

“I thought he threw very well,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I didn’t say it that day because I didn’t want too many people on the outside to know. I was very pleasantly surprised.”

*Ramon Hernandez was activated from the disabled list. Catcher Corky Miller was designated for assignment. The Reds are hoping Miller can clear waivers so he can go outright to Louisville. Miller cleared waivers and was sent outright to Louisville.

Miller, 34, batted .246 in 24 games, well above his .188 career average. He also was excellent defensively and called good games.

“It was a very tough decision,” Baker said. “He played well. It’s a situation where you hope he’s not claimed on the selfish side but if he was claimed, you’re happy for him on the unselfish side. He’s valuable to our organization and to us and he’ll be back at some point in time.”

Thu lineup vs. WASH

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

*As was made known yesterday, this is just an off day to rest Joey Votto.

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