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The tests on RHP Edinson Volquez are back. He has right elbow tendinitis and won’t do any baseball activity for at least 7-10 days. The Reds will put him back on the 15-day disabled list and pending MLB approval, will recall reliever Jared Burton.
Manager Dusty Baker was more relieved that Volquez’s injury wasn’t worse than it was.
“It’s not bad news,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s the best news it could be for bad news. There’s nothing structural or nothing in the joint.”
Volquez hadn’t pitched since May 16 because of mid-back spasms that put him on the DL for the firs time in his career. He threw in two side bullpen sessions while he was out and reported no arm trouble – before or after the back injury.
“He might have felt something and thought it might have been normal soreness or something,” Baker said. “If every time you felt something and you sat out, most of us would never play. He had never said anything to us about it.”
Baker held off making an announcement on who would replace Volquez in the rotation. His next turn would have been Saturday vs. the Cubs. At Louisville, lefty Matt Maloney pitched a three-hit shutout on Monday and is 4-3 with a 2.00 ERA through 10 starts. He would be able to pitch on his normal rest and it would be his big league debut.
The Reds could also opt to move Bronson Arroyo up and pitch him on three days rest. Homer Bailey, who came up for one unsuccessful start for the Reds already this season, is also pitching on Tuesday for Louisville.
What would you do if you were Baker and pitching coach Dick Pole?
It was raining cats and a dogs here at Busch Stadium but has stopped and became a pretty nice evening. Before I left for the ballpark, the hotel across the street from mine suffered wind damage and I heard a chunk of the building fell to the street. I don’t think anyone was hurt but there were a lot of fire trucks and TV vans. And the Starbucks awning at the side of my hotel was on the ground near the lobby entrance area because it fell off. Hopefully this all blows through so this game starts on time.
Encarnacion takes BP:
Edwin Encarnacion took batting practice on Monday for the first time since going on the DL April 28 with a chip fracture in his left wrist. Encarnacion also took BP indoors on Tuesday while it rained. Before hitting on Tuesday, Encarnacion still reported no pain from the Monday session.
“The next couple of days, we’ll see whether I can go play and what they’re going to do,” Encarnacion said. “They have to wait until I am between 90-100 percent and then I will go play somewhere.”
IF/OF Jerry Hairston was given another day off after being sick on Monday. Hairston thought his stomach illness may have been caused by food poisoning.
Minor League info:
1B Yonder Alonso had a nice first game at Double-A Carolina. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Meanwhile, OF Chris Heisey continued his season-long tear by going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Heisey has a 10-game hitting streak, and a four-game streak of at least three hits.
Public service announcement from the Reds:
Friday night, the Cincinnati Police Department is expecting a crowd of about 50,000 to attend both the Reds’ 7:10 p.m. game with the Cubs and a sold-out Keith Urban concert next door at US Bank Arena…the CPD recommends fans who don’t have passes for the parking garages adjacent to those venues avoid driving on Second and Third Streets and instead use exits into the northern part of downtown (5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, Gilbert Road, Reading Road, etc.).
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To make room on the roster for Edinson Volquez’s return from the DL, reliever Jared Burton was told on Monday he was being optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
In 20 appearances, Burton has a 6.33 ERA. Of his 10 inherited runners, seven have scored. It’s been rough especially the last few outings. He’s allowed six earned runs over his last four innings.
“We know he has the stuff. We’ve seen it,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Burton. “They’re going to try and pitch him a lot. Sometime when you’re not doing what you know you can do, it’s a natural thing to lose confidence. We want him to go back, get his act together, come back and throw the way we know he can throw and come back with confidence and conviction.
“If he pitches the way he’s capable of pitching, it will be a temporary situation.”
In other situations, newcomer Carlos Fisher might have been the likely choice simply because of his lack of tenure. But Fisher has pitched too well since his call-up from Louisville to go back down.
Because of Josh Hamilton, many overlook that Burton was the other Rule 5 draft pick the Reds took in 2007. He emerged that season as a tough eighth-inning set-up guy and before he strained a lat muscle last summer, was even nastier against opponent.
“Hopefully you all know I’m not pitching the way that I can pitch,” Burton said. “For some reason, it’s just a little mental thing. I have to get a little confidence going and have some things go my way and get locked back in. I know what I can do. I know how much I can help the team when I pitch the way I’m capable of pitching.”
In other news, Willy Taveras still has a sore right hamstring but could appear later in the game. He should be back Tuesday. IF/OF Jerry Hairston is not playing Monday becuase of flu-like symptoms.
Another transaction of interest for you: 1B Yonder Alonso was promoted to Double-A Carolina today. Alonso batted .302 with 7 HR, 37 RBIs 22 BB, 28 K and .378 OBP and .503 SLG for high Class A Sarasota.
Put me in the camp that does not believe Alonso should be promoted while Votto is out. Tearing it up at the Florida State League is a far cry from the big leagues. Had Alonso been posting those numbers at Double-A, I’d have no problem with him jumping two levels. Three levels? No. He was only Drafted this time last year. You don’t bring a guy in his situation up as a stopgap. When he comes up, it should be either as a September call-up or for good.
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The tarp is on the field at GABP and it’s been raining most of the day in the area. Showers and thunderstorms are in the evening forecast. If there is a window in the forecast to play, I’m sure the Reds decision makers will wait for it.
After getting clocked in the head last night during the Tejada collision, Chris Dickerson isn’t starting today. But that likely has as much to do with Astros using a lefty starting pitcher in Wandy Rodriguez. Dickerson was scheduled for more tests today after feeling woozy last night. Struggling Edwin Encarnacion was dropped from sixth to seventh. Encarnacion is on a 0-for-12 skid and is 1-for-his-last-28.
More details later when I have it.
After the 7-3 road trip, the Reds really need these last two games vs. the Astros so they can finish 3-3 on the homestand.
Minor League news from the Reds’ Jamie Ramsey:
IF Adam Rosales (Louisville) last night vs. Indianapolis collected 3 more hits to lift his batting average to .426…he’s currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 16 of his games…since 8/3/08, he’s reached base safely in 27 straight games he’s played for Louisville…he ranks among IL leaders in most all offensive categories.
Daryl Thompson (5.2ip, 4h, 3r, 1bb, 1hr) earned his first victory, at any level, since 7/13/08…Robert Manuel with 2.0 perfect innings of relief … Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam yesterday for Class A Sarasota.
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Homer Bailey started Triple-A Louisville’s opener vs. Columbus Thursday night and the line wasn’t too pretty. Bailey gave up nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings (1bb, 5k, 3hr). Bailey was also charged with 2 throwing errors. The Bats were defeated 12-4.
Adam Rosales played third base and had two hits, including a solo homer.
In Class A Sarasota’s first game, 1B Yonder Alonso went 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.
The first roster trim came down and there were no surprises. Most of the top prospects were sent to the Minor League camp. Here’s the list:
Optioned to Class AA Carolina was 1B Yonder Alonso; reassigned to minor league camp were C Humberto Cota, C Chris Denove, INF Todd Frazier, C Devin Mesoraco, OF Drew Stubbs and INF Chris Valaika…the Reds have 56 players remaining in camp.
Dickerson CF, Gonzalez SS, Bruce RF, Phillips 2B, Barker 1B, Encarnacion 3B, Nix LF, Hanigan C, Bankston DH
Masset – P
Gardner CF, Damon LF, Nady RF, Matsui DH, Ransom 3B, Molina C, Miranda 1B, Berroa SS, Pena 2B
Chamberlain – P
Obviously, this will be a good test for Gonzalez’s knee to finally play the field. Look for a story postgame on that. More later once the Reds’ bus arrives at Steinbrenner Field.
- Dusty Baker said that Gonzalez would play four or five innings at shortstop tonight.
- 3B Edwin Encarnacion said his left wrist felt better after he took BP on Monday. Encarnacion has been sore since a check swing the other day.
“But I tried to stay with a pitch inside, that’s what hurt me more,” Encarnacion said.
- 1B Joey Votto is on a flight that should land in Sarasota tonight but Baker said he’s giving him Wednesday off. The team has a scheduled off day on Thursday, which gives Votto two days to regroup after the World Baseball Classic.
“With traveling and his family and Toronto, I’m sure he’s probably exhausted,” Baker said.
- RHP Johnny Cueto is OK after twisting an ankle on Sunday. He did his running on Monday.
Here’s what Baker said about the roster moves. Three of the players (Alonso, Mesoraco and Stubbs) were the organization’s last three first round picks.
“They’re all good players. They’re good young men at the same time,” Baker said. “They worked hard, did what was asked of them. It was a matter of ABs getting tight. We’re going to get some guys back [from the World Baseball Classic]. They all got pretty good look-sees, especially for the first big league camp for most of them. Most guys don’t get that many ABs and innings.”
- The decisions were all made before Monday’s game. Chris Valaika hit a grand slam vs. the Phillies and Yonder Alonso hit a homer to center field, his first of spring. A fan retrieved the ball and returned it to Alonso.
“You hate to send them out when they did something so spectacular. I was hoping Stubbs would hit one out,” Baker said. “I’d rather have them go out on a high note.”
For envious folks in colder climates, you aren’t going to be missing much, weather-wise, down here. A front has moved in Sunday morning with gloomy gray clouds, rain and wind. When it’s finished, we’re looking at highs in the 50s and low 60s for a few days. Snow is predicted in very southern spots like New Orleans, Atlanta and possibly northern Florida.
“I learned for the first time that snow and Florida could be used in the same sentence,” joked pitcher Homer Bailey.
It’s not a lock yet that the Reds-Yankees game will start on time, or at all. Here is the Reds lineup:
McDonald CF, Rosales SS, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Dickerson RF, Keppinger 3B, Alonso DH, Hopper LF, Hanigan C
P – Harang
Gardner CF, Jeter SS, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Cano 2B, Nady RF, J. Rodriguez LF, Ransom DH, Cash C
- Alex Rodriguez was supposed to meet with MLB officials today but now he wants the meeting pushed back. His appearance here was interesting for friend Yonder Alonso.
“That’s one reason I’m playing Yonder today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s DHing so A-Rod can see him play.”
“It’s going to be nice. I can’t wait. Hopefully we can get this game in,” Alonso said.
- It turned out that Saturday wasn’t Joey Votto’s last game before the World Baseball Classic. He’s obviously in the lineup and will head to Dunedin, Fla. to meet up with Team Canada after the game.
“He wants to play,” Baker said. “His point of destination is a lot shorter than the rest of the guys.”
- The Reds are targeting to have Alex Gonzalez start at DH on Wednesday night vs. the Netherlands WBC squad. Gonzalez will run the bases and slide a couple more times before that game to test his knee. He told me he’s sore in the muscle above the knee but that the knee itself feels fine.
- Former Reds GM Jim Bowden resigned from the Nationals this morning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Marty Brennaman so giddy.
- The Reds agreed to one year contracts with Bailey and RHP Nick Masset.
Finally, friend and Boston photographer Brita Meng Outzen sent me this picture from Saturday’s game in Fort Myers. I thought it was pretty cool.
For starter Micah Owings, it was a decent first time on the mound for the Reds. Owings threw three scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Only two balls were solidly hit — Brendan Harris’ double to the center field wall in the first inning and a tailing liner to center field that Willy Taveras where made a nice diving catch in the third.
Owings mostly threw fastballs in the first two innings and kept the ball down pretty well. By the third, he started mixing it up. Considering it was the first game action he had seen since August when he was shut down with a sore shoulder, Owings was pleased.
“Initially warming up during pre-game stuff, you start thinking about how long it’s been since I’ve been out there,” Owings said. “It was nice to get back out there and compete. Everything felt pretty good. For the first time out, I was pretty happy. The arm felt good, most important.”
It wasn’t a smooth first outing for Francisco Cordero, who gave up two earned runs and four hits (including two infield singles) in the fourth inning. Brian Buscher’s two-run home run to right field was the big hit off Cordero. I happened to miss the whole inning because I was in the clubhouse talking to Owings.
After Cordero, David Weathers worked a perfect fifth inning. In the sixth, Arthur Rhodes gave up two earned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in the sixth.
A four-run seventh got the Reds on the scoreboard. Danny Richar lined a single and scored on Juan Francisco’s RBI single to left field. Craig Tatum added a RBI single to left field and Kevin Barker hit a two-run double to right field.
For those itching to get Joey Votto moved to left field to make room for Yonder Alonso, it wasn’t an easy day for the kid at first base. Alonso missed a scoop in the dirt in the seventh and committed a run-scoring E3 on Luke Hughes’ slow, slow roller up the first base line in the eighth. That would have been the third out. The next batter, Brock Petersen, hit a grand slam to right field. So that was five unearned runs off pitcher Ramon Ramirez that inning.
“Yonder was a little out of control and too aggressive,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He comes in early every morning and works on his defense. He’s getting a lot better.”
One of the true perks of getting to cover Spring Training in Florida is Siesta Key. Last year was the first time I stayed on the island and I returned to the same spot this year. I’m not exactly a beach person, but it’s certainly nice to have it close by — especially when you can watch some of the best sunsets around.
My cellphone camera that took this shot Monday night probably doesn’t do it justice.
Later today, the Reds will be playing in what’s being termed an afternoon workout. Aaron Harang will be pitching to hitters. There will be three outs per inning and no batting cage being used. But it’s not technically a game.
The first game is on Wednesday at the Rays’ new facility in Port Charlotte.
“Now you’ll have something to write about, and talk about,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Definitely. In my nine seasons of covering baseball, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more serene camp. There have been no major injuries — with only precautions being taken with Alex Gonzalez and a little soreness for Bill Bray. There has been no drama. No superstars mean little national coverage. USA Today has been around twice and someone from SI.com made an appearance today. With games starting, performances can be evaluated and news can hopefully start flowing.
As mentioned last week, second baseman Brandon Phillips will be batting fourth. He acknowledged that he isn’t your prototypical cleanup hitter but embraces the role.
“I will go out there and do my best to hit fourth,” Phillips said. “I’m not really a No. 4 hitter so I’ll try my best. If I was on any other team, I know I wouldn’t be out there hitting fourth. Me hitting fourth and having the year I had last year, I was very happy. I’m not complaining. I understand I hit .260 with 20 jacks but those are beautiful stats for a second baseman. I’m not a home run hitter but I have to be that guy that’s going to drive in runs. I wish I could have drove in more but I missed three weeks of the season.”
Phillps broke his right index finger while bunting in September at Milwaukee. He said he’s had no issues since coming to camp.
With Joey Votto one of several players leaving camp for the World Baseball Classic soon, Baker plans to have a plethora of players manning first base. Expect to see Daryle Ward, Jeff Keppinger, Kevin Barker, Todd Frazier, Yonder Alonso, Adam Rosales, Wes Bankston, Jacque Jones and Jonny Gomes all get chances.
The Reds have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with four more 0-3 year players: OF Chris Dickerson, C Ryan Hanigan, IF/OF Jeff Keppinger and IF Danny Richar. That means 11 players remain unsigned.
More later from the afternoon workout — please check back.
A fit and trim Alex Gonzalez was in camp as the full squad reported on Tuesday morning. As the regular shortstop, Gonzalez will be a focal point all spring after he missed all of last season with a compression fracture that required microfracture surgery.
Before the team held it’s first workout, Gonzalez said he was fully healthy and ready. He also worked out with his Venezuelan winter ball team before coming to camp.
“I tried to play but they wouldn’t let me play,” Gonzalez said. “I was training with the team, taking groundballs, running drills, running the bases.
“Right now, I feel good. I’ve been moving side-to-side, back and front. I’m running and hitting. I’m doing all that kind of stuff.”
The Reds say they boast a strong middle defense with Brandon Phillips, Willy Taveras and Ramon Hernandez but any hopes for the team to improve defensively will require Gonzalez to be healthy.
Update: Gonzalez looked very smooth taking infield practice and showed no signs of favoring his knee.
Other notes from Tuesday:
- Reliever Bill Bray has yet to throw from the mound because of a tender left shoulder. Bray has had a history of shoulder tendinitis.
“He’ll be on track soon,” Jocketty said.
- Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan arrived in camp as a guest instructor on Tuesday. Morgan, who is now the main game analyst for ESPN, could be seen giving instruction to infielder Chris Valaika and Gonzalez.
- I saw 2008 first round Draft pick Yonder Alonso take batting practice for the first time. One of the first balls he hit cleared the fence and he looked very good swinging to all fields. Of course, it was just BP with coach Freddie Benevides throwing from 40 feet away, and not Jake Peavy from 60 feet, six inches.
- Joey Votto will definitely play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He was told that he would likely be the DH since the squad already has Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.