Cincinnati Reds Spring Training 2014: Day-by-Day Updates, Scores and News

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Cincinnati Reds Spring Training 2014: Day-by-Day Updates, Scores and News

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    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    With all of the Cincinnati Reds' players reporting to spring training, baseball season is about to slowly get going.

    The Reds don't have much intrigue entering spring training. Aroldis Chapman's role is defined, Billy Hamilton is going to be on the club and nearly all of the roster is set. 

    Fans can keep an eye on some of the prospects throughout the spring. Everyone wants to know how Robert Stephenson, Daniel Corcino and David Holmberg will do. None of them will make the club out of spring training if everything goes according to plan, but seeing how they progress will be something to watch.

    A lot goes on during the spring. There will be news from the coaching staff, and games will be played. It can be a lot for fans at times, so luckily, this tracker will keep everyone caught up.

    Be sure to keep checking back to see what is going on in Reds' camp. 

     

    All information is via MLB.com.

Reds' Schedule and Results

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    Cincinnati Reds' 2014 spring training record: 8-12

     

    Spring Training Schedule

    DateTime (ET/MT)OpponentBallparkResult
    2/263:05/1:05 p.m.at Cleveland IndiansGoodyear BallparkW, 8-3
    2/273:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark L, 12-3
    2/283:05/1:05 p.m.at Cleveland IndiansGoodyear Ballpark L, 4-0 
    3/13:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Colorado Rockies Goodyear Ballpark W, 3-2
    3/23:05/1:05 p.m.at San Diego Padres Peoria Stadium W, 15-4 
    3/33:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Seattle Mariners Goodyear Ballpark L, 6-5
    3/43:05/1:05 p.m.at Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium L, 9-5 
    3/59:05/7:05 p.m.vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Goodyear Ballpark L, 10-3 
    3/63:05/1:05 p.m.at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Stadium L, 3-2 
    3/73:05/1:05 p.m.at Seattle Mariners  (ss)Peoria Stadium W, 10-9
    3/73:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Chicago White Sox (ss)Goodyear Ballpark L, 4-3
    3/83:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Chicago Cubs Goodyear Ballpark L, 9-0 
    3/93:05/1:05 p.m.at Los Angeles Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium L, 4-3 
    3/103:05/1:05 p.m.at Texas Rangers Surprise Stadium L, 8-2 
    3/113:05/1:05 p.m.vs. San Francisco Giants Goodyear Ballpark L, 8-5 
    3/123:10/1:10 p.m.at Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields at Talking Stick L, 3-2 
    3/133:05/1:05 p.m.at Los Angeles Dodgers Camelback Ranch W, 8-2 
    3/149:05/7:05 p.m.vs. Texas Rangers Goodyear Ballpark W, 2-1 
    3/153:05/1:05 p.m.at Milwaukee BrewersMaryvale Baseball Park W, 16-4 
    3/163:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Oakland Athletics Goodyear Ballpark W, 7-6 
    3/173:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/198:05/6:05 p.m.at Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium  
    3/203:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Texas Rangers Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/213:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Kansas City Royals Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/223:05/1:05 p.m.at Chicago Cubs Cubs Park  
    3/233:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Milwaukee Brewers Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/243:05/1:05 p.m.vs. Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark  
    3/253:05/1:05 p.m.at Oakland Athletics Phoenix Municipal Stadium  
    3/263:05/1:05 p.m.at Chicago White Sox Camelback Ranch  
    3/272:05/12:05 p.m.at Milwaukee Brewers (ss)Maryvale Baseball Park  
    3/272:05/12:05 p.m.vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Goodyear Ballpark  

     

    Pre-Opening Day Games

    DateTimeOpponentBallpark
    3/286:10 p.m. EDT/5:10 p.m. CDTat Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA)Pensacola Bayfront Stadium
    3/294:05 p.m. EDTat Louisville Bats (AAA)Louisville Slugger Field

March 16: Cincinnati Reds 7, Oakland Athletics 6

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    For those who were worried about the Reds when they were losing, relax. A four-game winning streak, albeit in the spring, has eased some fans' worries.

    Cincinnati's offense came on strong on Sunday, thanks to a big performance out of the top of the lineup.

    It's becoming a (great) trend to have to talk about Billy Hamilton as one of the top performers. All eyes have been on him this spring, and he has exceeded expectations. Hamilton recorded two more hits in this game to up his average to .303 on the spring. The speedster stole two more bases, which puts him up to nine this spring without being caught.

    Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto provided the lumber. Votto got the Reds on the board in the first inning with his first home run of the spring, and Phillips blasted his second of the spring later in the game.

    Tony Cingrani was hurt by an error in the first inning. Although he allowed two runs right after it, he settled down. He retired the next 10 batters after surrendering two runs in the first. Unfortunately he ran out of gas in the fifth and got touched up for three runs, which led up to getting pulled before he recorded an out in the inning.

    The bullpen came through in a big way. Cincinnati's relievers allowed only one run on three hits and a walk over the final five innings. Drew Hayes allowed the lone run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

    It was a great day for the top of the lineup, and it should have Reds fans more at ease now that everyone is starting to produce.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 2-for-4, RBI, R, 2 SB

    2B Brandon Phillips: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, 2 K

    1B Joey Votto: 1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI, R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R (3 ER), 4 K/3 BB

    RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB

    RHP Logan Ondrusek: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Ramon Santiago: 0-for-3, RBI, 2 K

    1B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0

Homer Bailey Scratched from Start with Groin Injury

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    The Reds went through the entire 2012 season without suffering an injury to the rotation. In the past year, all of five of the team's projected starters have dealt with an injury now that Homer Bailey is banged up.

    The right-hander was scratched from his start on Saturday with a mild right groin strain, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon

    Bailey spoke about the injury:

    It was kind of weird. It all just kind of happened at once. I was already done with my throwing for the day and throwing a little flat ground and literally said, 'OK, one more.' Sure enough, that one more was [it]. I didn't feel anything before it happened, nothing. It just kind of came out of nowhere.

    It scared me right away. Even afterwards, I was doing stuff and it kind of tightened up on me, and I said, 'Well, maybe I'll get it checked out. Let's be proactive about it and get this thing knocked out.'

    Manager Bryan Price also discussed the issue:

    We just decided to be cautious. He's right on time, he's throwing the ball good, so we're just going to push him back. I can't tell you exactly when he's going to make his next start. It's not a significant strain.

    It doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Bailey was scratched as a precautionary measure, and The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported that the pitcher is expected to make his next start.

    Even with all of the injury concerns this spring, Price isn't too concerned about his staff:

    I guess better now than when the season starts. Optimistically, I feel like there's a chance we can start with all five intact. I don't think the Homer thing will be an issue. Johnny has been feeling good. Mat came out of [Friday live batting practice] feeling good. Leaker seems to be over the hump. Some of these things we could have been more aggressive with if it was in-season or if it was a big series. These guys probably could have pitched. It just doesn't make any sense to run these guys through it.

March 15: Cincinnati Reds 16, Milwaukee Brewers 4

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    The Reds are on a roll, and the offense came to play on this day.

    Eleven different players, including pitcher Brett Marshall, recorded a hit. Cincinnati scored 16 runs on 18 hits, and they scored early and often. The club scored seven runs in the first three innings.

    Outfielder Chris Heisey clubbed his fifth home run of the spring, which leads all major league players. Infielder Neftali Soto, outfielder Roger Bernadina and infielder Chris Nelson added homers to help make it a rout.

    Aroldis Chapman had another multi-inning appearance. The southpaw was touched up for two runs on five hits over two innings. Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover also got to work an inning apiece. 

    It was a big day for the Reds' offense. A huge outburst helped the club pick up its third straight victory.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

    3B Todd Frazier: 2-for-3, BB, RBI, 2 R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 K/0 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K/0 BB

    RHP J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 K/2 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF/RF Roger Bernadina: 2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

    SS/3B Ramon Santiago: 0-for-5

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-1, HR, RBI

Mat Latos Continues to Recover from Elbow/Knee Surgeries

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    Update: Saturday, March 15 at 12:05 a.m. ET

    Mat Latos faced live hitters on Friday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery. He threw 20 pitches to Chris Nelson and Brayan Pena, and it looks like everything went well. Latos talked about his outing, via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon:

    Everything was good. I was a little anxious, a little nervous. My mechanics are definitely rusty. I can't complain for the first time out facing live hitters. I was a little amped up. All in all, I'm satisfied. There are a couple of tweaks and adjustments I need to make.

    Latos is ready to take the next step. The right-hander is tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, March 12 at 12:05 p.m. ET

    The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported that Mat Latos threw curves and sliders in his latest bullpen session. The progress led manager Bryan Price to saying that the pitcher is "very close to game-ready."

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET

    Any Reds fan who is hoping to see Mat Latos pitch on Opening Day can pretty much give up on that thought. Manager Bryan Price hasn't named an Opening Day starter, but he did rule Latos out, via The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

    The plan for Latos will be to throw one more bullpen session, live batting practice and four starts if he is going to be ready to go for the start of the season. Cincinnati can go until April 6 without using a fifth starter, so the club has until then to get the right-hander ready.

    Price talked about how he will handle Latos:

    We don't want to put a carrot in front of him because we don't want to do anything irresponsible to have him on the Opening Day roster. If he's stays on his protocol, he'll be ready to start after that off day on the first. He could pitch on the sixth but everything has to go right.

    [...]

    The innings our starters don't pitch our relievers do. We're concerned with how many times we have to go to our relievers in April. If we can build Mat up to where he's ready to throw 90 pitches in a big league game, I think that's reasonable. Then he can throw six innings comfortably and not overtax the bullpen.

    It appears that Opening Day will go to either Johnny Cueto (who has allowed one run in 14 innings over the last two openers) or Homer Bailey.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. EST

    Mat Latos' bullpen session on Wednesday went well, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. The right-hander threw 20 pitches, which included two-seam and four-seam fastballs along with five changeups.

    Latos talked about his first time back on the mound:

    Everything feels fantastic. I expected a little bit of soreness while I was throwing or to feel it once or twice. I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing. My mechanics were a little off. The ball was up but that’s to be expected. I’m almost three weeks late.

    I let go for the last one and cut it loose and didn’t feel anything in the knee or the elbow. That’s a plus.

    As for his status for Opening Day, Latos is still aiming to be back for the start of the season.

    “I’d love to be there against St. Louis for Opening Day and the next away series [at New York],” Latos said. “Am I pushing for it? Yes. But there’s nothing I can do. It’s out of my hands.

    Cincinnati would love to have him back at the start of the season, but his health is more important than one or two starts.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Tuesday, March 4 at 11:15 a.m. EST

    Reds manager Bryan Price expects Mat Latos to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans.

    --End of Update--

     

    Mat Latos missed the Wild Card Game due to bone spurs in his pitching elbow, and he had surgery shortly after the season to clean them up, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

    The 26-year-old spent the offseason trying to recover from that surgery and get back to his routine. He had gotten back on track and recovered from that surgery, but unfortunately, he had a freak accident early in spring training that served as a minor setback.

    After reporting to Goodyear, Ariz. early, Latos slipped while throwing before pitchers and catchers were supposed to arrive. He suffered a torn meniscus and waited until the team's doctor got out there Feb. 14 to have surgery.

    According to Sheldon, Latos is walking without a limp and is already back to his throwing program. The right-hander shared how he is feeling on the knee injury:

    I had been doing my exercises and strengthening stuff, but I wasn't able to actually get out and interact with the guys. This was a huge positive to be able to go out there and throw and run and the other stuff.

    We're boosting up the cardio where I'm putting in a huge amount of effort real quick, because I have to get my legs under me. The arm has been there. I've already rehabbed that. I haven't taken a huge step back. After four days, I'm already at 100-plus feet. The knee feels good. Dr. [Tim] Kremchek says he's not worried about me reinjuring it.

    Cincinnati doesn't have much pitching depth in the minors. Not having Latos at the beginning of the season would put the team in a tough spot, but the pitcher shouldn't rush back before he's ready to limit the risk of a long-term injury.

    The Reds could adjust their rotation to skip Latos during the first couple series, but they will most likely need a fifth starter April 6. 

    Latos hasn't thrown off a mound yet since undergoing surgery, so that's one big step that he will have to take before he knows when he will be ready. There's no rush right now, especially for a pitcher coming off two surgeries since the end of last season.

Roster Cuts

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    March 14

    The Reds optioned the following players to Triple-A Louisville:

    • C Tucker Barnhart
    • RHP Curtis Partch

    [John Fay]

     

    March 11

    The Reds optioned the following players to Triple-A Louisville:

    • RHP Carlos Contreras (4 G, 0-0, 1 SV, 2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K/1 BB)
    • RHP Daniel Corcino (3 G, 0-1, 58.50 ERA, 2 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 13 R, 3 K/7 BB)
    • LHP David Holmberg (1 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 K/2 BB)
    • OF Ryan LaMarre (.250/.333/.250, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 1 K)
    • LF Donald Lutz (.235/.316/.529, 1 HR, 0 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K)
    • RHP Chad Rogers (3 G, 0-1, 10.13 ERA, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 HR, 6 R, 5 K/4 BB)

     

    The Reds optioned the following players to Double-A Pensacola:

    • LF Juan Duran
    • LHP Ismael Guillon
    • OF Yorman Rodriguez

     

    The Reds reassigned the following players to minor league camp:

    • RHP Tim Crabbe
    • RHP Michael Lorenzen
    • INF Rey Navarro
    • C Rossmel Perez
    • C Max Ramirez
    • RHP Robert Stephenson

     

    The Reds released:

    • INF Henry Rodriguez

     

    [John Fay, Fay, Fay]

March 14: Cincinnati Reds 2, Texas Rangers 1

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    All is right in Reds country as the team is now on a two-game winning streak, thanks to great pitching.

    Right-hander Johnny Cueto had a very impressive outing. He threw five innings, allowing only one run on five hits. The veteran continues to make his case to start a third straight Opening Day.

    Jeff Francis had his best outing of the spring. The southpaw allowed only one hit in three innings, and he was able to hold the Reds' lead. Left-hander Manny Parra capped off the great pitching by throwing a scoreless inning.

    It was another strong game for Billy Hamilton. The rookie had a hit and a walk in four plate appearances, and he stole his seventh base of the spring and has yet to be thrown out. He also threw a guy out at third base with a strong throw.

    Utility man Chris Nelson helped his cause by upping his average to .304 and knocking in two runs. However, he also committed his third error of the spring.

    It was an efficient day on the mound for the Reds, and they got just enough offense to come out on top.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-3, BB, SB

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-3

    C Devin Mesoraco: 1-for-2, BB, R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Johnny Cueto: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K/0 BB

    LHP Jeff Francis: 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K/0 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 0 H, 2 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Reds Being Cautious with Sean Marshall

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    A year after appearing in only 16 games due to shoulder issues, Sean Marshall continues to try to find a way to stay healthy.

    According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, the Reds are taking it slow with Marshall this spring.

    Update: Sunday, March 15 at 12:10 a.m. ET

    MLB.com's Mark Sheldon shared some disappointing news for Reds fans. It looked like a long shot already, but it appears that relievers Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton will not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Bryan Price spoke on the matter:

    We're not going to put the kibosh definitely on Broxton until we've let him get out there and pitch and see how he recovers,. We don't want to put anyone on speed-up rules and not start the season -- not just healthy but ready to handle the rigors of what we ask them to do.

    They've got to be able to do what the other guys are doing -- pitch back-to-back games and have the durability necessary to be able to help us in that way.

    The Reds' two highest-paid relievers are likely to start the season on the disabled list, which is where they spent a lot of time last year.

    If Mat Latos isn't ready for the start of the season either, that creates a big hole in the bullpen. Alfredo Simon would shift to the rotation, so three spots could potentially be up for grabs in the bullpen.

    --End of Update--

     

    Update: Sunday, March 9 at 7:45 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Barry Bloom reported that Sean Marshall is still working to get back from injury. Manager Bryan Price spoke on how the club will handle Marshall this spring:

    He had some real challenges with the shoulder last year. Every time we seemed to get close, we took a step back. So we didn't want to go down that road again. He checked out well with Dr. [Tim] Kremchek. He's done a lot of offseason work, but he just didn't get out of the gates the way we hoped. Instead of pushing him through it, force him through it, we decided to take a step back.

    He's been playing catch, but he hasn't gotten back on the mound yet. We're hoping that's going to come soon. And if it does, and there are no setbacks from that point, it's still realistic to see him on the Opening Day roster. But if we're talking about it being a week from now, that might be more of a challenge.

    --End of Update--

     

    The southpaw has yet to appear in any of the team's games and isn't expected to appear in any during the first week, and possibly the following week as well.

    Manager Bryan Price spoke about how the club will handle the 31-year-old reliever:

    He's just a little stiff. We're going to be on the front end of this thing. We're going to back him off. He doesn't need a full Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day. He did all of his offseason throwing. Slowing him down a little bit here, hopefully, will pay dividends later in the spring.

    We're going a lot slower with him, No. 1, to make sure he's completely strong, he's pain free and we don't have any setbacks. We're going to be cautious on the front end.

    Marshall has pitched in enough games to be able to get ready quickly. The left-hander is a big part of the team's bullpen, so the Reds need to do whatever it takes to make sure he is healthy enough to throw more than the 10.1 innings that he threw in 2013.

Reds Set Spring Rotation

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    Cincinnati manager Bryan Price has set the rotation for spring training, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

    Update: Saturday, March 15 at 12:10 a.m. ET

    If Mat Latos is not ready to go on April 6, it appears that Alfredo Simon will be the man to take his place. Manager Bryan Price praised Simon's work this spring, via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon:

    I'm still optimistic that Mat could be ready to pitch -- it'd basically be as the fifth starter for timing reasons.

    He's [Simon] doing a terrific job. I know he'd love to start. We'd like our rotation intact if they're all healthy. We'd love having Freddy in our bullpen. That being said, if we need a starter, he's certainly pitched his tail off. He deserves that chance.

    --End of Update--

     

    Alfredo Simon will start the opener against the Cleveland Indians on Feb. 26. Here's the order after Simon: Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake.

    If Mat Latos is not ready for the start of the season, there's a good chance that that will be the order to open the regular season. Price shared his thoughts, via Sheldon, on the rotation:

    What I look at now is how we get out of the blocks and match up with the early opponents. That's more my concern now. We have some history with St. Louis, who we play in six out of the first nine games. I think setting the rotation to line ourselves up to match up the best we can with an in-our-division opponent is important. We don't know where we'll be with Mat, so we have to look at a lot of different potential candidates should he not be ready to start the season and see how that affects how we line up our rotation.

    Fans might wonder why Cingrani is ahead of Leake. If it stays that way for the regular season, it would make sense based on last year's results. The St. Louis Cardinals struggled against the hard-throwing starters (Latos, Bailey and Cingrani) but feasted on the pitchers who rely on control (Bronson Arroyo and Leake).

    Cingrani was 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in two starts against St. Louis last year. His earned run average is slightly higher than fans would like, but that was inflated due to the fact that he failed to pitch more than 5.1 innings in either start.

    Leake went 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals in 2013. He allowed 15 runs in 16.1 innings, so St. Louis was able to get to him often.

    With six of their first nine games against the Cardinals, the Reds need to play matchups with the rotation. If Latos is unavailable and the team sticks with the spring rotation, Leake would not have to face St. Louis in his first start.

    Cincinnati could be looking to stretch Simon out in hopes that he fills the No. 5 spot if Latos isn't ready to start the year. David Holmberg, Daniel Corcino, Jeff Francis and Chien-Ming Wang could also be candidates to fill in if Latos misses some time.

March 13: Cincinnati Reds 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 2

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    For the first time in a while, the Reds came out on the smiling side of the scoreboard. 

    The offense got off to a quick start. Cincinnati scored six runs in the first three innings, thanks to two home runs. Outfielder Chris Heisey and infielder Todd Frazier both hit homers. For Heisey, it was his fourth blast of the spring.

    Center fielder Billy Hamilton finally cooled off at the plate. He didn't record a hit in four at-bats, but he did force an infielder to commit an error. That is hopefully a sign of things to come. Right fielder ay Bruce ended up driving Hamilton in with a single off a southpaw.

    Right-hander Alfredo Simon continued to get stretched out. He threw 4.1 innings and allowed only one run against a solid lineup. He was the only who took the mound in this game that is expected to make the Reds' roster.

    The lineup had a different look to it on Thursday. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco had the day off, so some players got moved up in the lineup. Zack Cozart moved back up to the second spot and Frazier was right behind him.

    It was a good day for the Reds, thanks to a fast start.



    Notable Position Players:

    LF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R

    1B Todd Frazier: 1-for-2, BB, HR, RBI, R

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-4, RBI, R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Alfredo Simon: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1

    3B Ramon Santiago: 2-for-3, 2B

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0, RBI

March 12: Colorado Rockies 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

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    Cincinnati had a great chance to come out on top for once, but a ninth-inning rally came up short.

    The first four batters of the ninth inning walked to cut the deficit to 3-2, but two ground balls ended the game.

    A few of the regulars (Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart) got the day off. Ryan Ludwick and Chris Heisey helped carry the offense early on by picking up two hits apiece.

    Mike Leake had a good day overall. He allowed only one run in three innings on the mound, and he picked up a hit in his lone plate appearance. Sam LeCure and J.J. Hoover got some work in as well.



    Notable Position Players:

    RF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, 2B, R

    LF Ryan Ludwick: 2-for-3

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Mike Leake: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 K/1 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/1 BB

    RHP J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-1, BB, RBI

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-0, BB, R

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-3

March 11: San Francisco Giants 8, Cincinnati Reds 5

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    This spring has not been kind to the Cincinnati Reds.

    For the ninth time in 10 games, all in nine days, the Reds came out of a game with a loss. This time, starting pitching was to blame.

    Left-hander Tony Cingrani got roughed up for six runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work. He made it 2.2 innings without giving up a run, but he got roughed up over his final three outs.

    Manager Bryan Price continues to stretch out Aroldis Chapman. The southpaw tossed three shutout innings, yielding only one hit and one walk. It wasn't a typical Chapman outing, as he recorded only one strikeout. He even managed to get an at-bat, a grounder to third.

    The story of the spring continues to be Billy Hamilton. The rookie continued his impressive spring by drawing a walk to lead off the game and followed that up with an RBI double a few innings later. The speedster is hitting .318 a year after hitting .192 in the spring. He also has five walks to only two strikeouts.

    Cincinnati has to be encouraged by Hamilton's performance, and Chapman is showing that he can go multiple innings.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Bill Hamilton: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI, R 

    3B Todd Frazier: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

    LF Skip Schumaker: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 3.2 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 6 R, 3 K/0 BB

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    CF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, 3B, R

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-1, committed error on defense

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-2, RBI

March 10: Texas Rangers 8, Cincinnati Reds 2

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    The Reds had a lot of runners, but they struggled to score yet again.

    Although Billy Hamilton didn't have his best day at the plate, he did manage to pick up another hit. Reds fans should be thrilled that it was a bunt hit. He did finally strike out for the first (and second) time this spring. It took him 21 at-bats to do strike out for the first time, which has to be a good sign.

    Right fielder Jay Bruce upped his average to .353 with an RBI double that drove in Hamilton.

    There doesn't appear to be much separation in the race for the final roster spot. Chris Nelson continues to play different positions to improve his value. 

    On the mound, Homer Bailey did alright. He continues to be tough to hit as he allowed only three hits in four innings.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Bill Hamilton: 1-for-3, R, 2 K

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-3, RBI, 2B

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Homer Bailey: 4 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 5 K/0 BB

    LHP Jeff Francis: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 K/1 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    LF Jason Bourgeois: 0-for-2, K

    1B Chris Nelson: 1-for-2, R

    2B Ramon Santiago: 1-for-2, RBI

March 9: Los Angeles Angels 3, Cincinnati Reds 1

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    Another day, another game without much offense.

    A few of the regulars got the day off, but those who did play had a hard time getting much going against the Los Angeles Angels.

    None of the four regulars (Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier) who played managed to get a hit, but Votto was in midseason form as he drew two walks.

    It was a good day overall on the mound.

    Johnny Cueto rebounded from a rough start to go four shutout innings. Right-hander Robert Stephenson had his best outing of the spring to date by throwing a perfect inning.

    Sam LeCure was touched up for two runs, although he was hurt by a missed call. Although they reviewed the play (the first time the Reds have used expanded replay), the call on the field stood. However, The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reported that MLB's Randy Marsh admitted the call was wrong. In spring training, officials don't have every camera angle to use.

    J.J. Hoover wasn't sharp and got charged with a run after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of work.

    The story of the day was Cueto. With Mat Latos unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Cueto is working to make his case to start a third straight opener.



    Notable Position Players:

    CF Chris Heisey: 1-for-3, 2B

    1B Joey Votto: 0-for-1, 2 BB

    LF Ryan Ludwick: 0-for-3

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Johnny Cueto: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K/0 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 K/1 BB, Balk

    RHP Robert Stephenson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    LF Jason Bourgeois: 0-for-1

    RF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, K

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-1, BB, K

March 8: Chicago Cubs 9, Cincinnati Reds 0

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    Not much went right for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

    Arguably the team's most impressive player through the first part of the spring, pitcher Alfredo Simon, finally had a letdown. The right-hander had yet to allow a hit through five innings, but he got roughed up in his longest outing of the spring. He allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in four innings.

    First baseman Joey Votto has had a rough start to the year, but he finally came around in this game. He recorded two hits and drew a walk.

    The story of the spring for the Reds has been Billy Hamilton. The speedster continues to amaze. He walked to lead off the game and proceeded to steal second and third, which puts him at six steals without being thrown out this year.

    Unfortunately for Cincinnati, it failed to take advantage of a big opportunity in the first inning. The Reds loaded the bases with only one out in the opening frame but failed to score. It's been a struggle to come up with a big hit with runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the first inning this spring.

     


    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 0-for-2, BB, 2 SB

    1B Joey Votto: 2-for-2, BB, 2 2B

    2B Skip Schumaker: 2-for-3 (.533 in spring)

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Alfredo Simon: 4 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 5 R, 1 K/2 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

    RHP Logan Ondrusek: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 K/4 BB 

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-1

    DH Jason Bourgeois: 0-for-1, K

March 7: Cincinnati Reds 10, Seattle Mariners 9

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    In a split-squad game, the offense came to life despite not having many of the big bats.

    Second baseman Brandon Phillips and outfielder Chris Heisey has excellent days at the play. The No. 3 and No. 4 hitters on this day combined to 4-for-4 with three home runs, five runs scored and seven runs batted in. 

    Speedster Billy Hamilton cooled off a bit, but he was able to reach base via bases on balls. Another top prospect, Jesse Winker, made his spring debut. He doubled in his first plate appearance and went 1-for-2 in this game.

    The Reds led 8-0 through 4.5 innings, but the Mariners were able to tie it up with eight runs in two innings.

    One of the biggest reasons the Mariners mounted a comeback: Daniel Corcino. The former highly-touted prospect has yet to make it out of an inning this spring. He has been lifted after getting rocked and only recording three outs in each of his three appearances this spring. Corcino has allowed 13 runs in two innings, which is troubling considering the disappointing year he had in 2013.


    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 0-for-2, BB, R

    2B Brandon Phillips: 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

    RF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Daniel Corcino: 0.2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 5 R, 0 K/2 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-2

    DH Jason Bourgeois: 0-for-2, R, K, BB

March 7: Chicago White Sox 4, Cincinnati Reds 3

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    In the other split-squad game, there were plenty of position players to watch. However, all eyes were on the pitching.

    Mike Leake, who made his first appearance of the spring, looked solid. He was scratched from his first start after suffering an abdomen injury but reported no problems after this appearance. The right-hander threw 27 pitches in two innings.

    Aroldis Chapman also made an appearance. For the second time this spring, he went more than one inning. Manager Bryan Price is working to stretch Chapman's arm out this spring in order to prepare him for more innings this season. Both times that he has thrown more than one inning this spring he has allowed at least one run.

    At the plate, there wasn't much to look at.

    Right fielder Jay Bruce hit a long blast for his first home run of the spring, and shortstop Zack Cozart upped his spring average to .429 with a double.

    It was a rough day at the plate for a few key players. First baseman Joey Votto struck out in two of his three at-bats, and designated hitter Devin Mesoraco whiffed three times.

    On a lighter note, catcher Brayan Pena recorded his first steal of the season and went to third on an error.


    Notable Position Players:

    SS Zack Cozart: 1-for-3, 2B, R

    1B Joey Votto: 0-for-3, 2 K

    RF Jay Bruce: 2-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Mike Leake: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K/0 BB

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K/0 BB 

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    OF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, R, BB, K

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-3, RBI, K

March 6: San Francisco Giants 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

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    On a day that the stars got to take off, the Reds suffered a close defeat at the hands of the San Francisco Giants.

    Third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco were the only regulars who played on Thursday. They managed one hit in four combined at-bats.

    This was a day that the players battling for the final roster spot tried to make a case for themselves. Unfortunately, nobody stood out. Roger Bernadina, Ramon Santiago, Chris Nelson and Jason Bourgeois all failed to record a hit. However, Bernadina did draw two walks.

    On the mound, Tony Cingrani looked good. He threw three hitless innings, and of the three batters he walked, the southpaw picked off two of them.

    For the second straight game, a potential replacement candidate got hit around. Chien-Ming Wang, who is trying to make a comeback, got roughed up. He took the loss after giving up three runs in the fifth.

    Cincinnati had the tying run on third base in the ninth, but it couldn't come up with the equalizer.

     

    Notable Position Players:

    OF Chris Heisey: 0-for-2, K

    3B Todd Frazier: 0-for-2

    C Devin Mesoraco: 1-for-2

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K/3 BB

    RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 3 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 3 R (2 ER), 5 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    OF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-2, 2 BB

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-2, K

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-1

March 5: Los Angeles Dodgers 10, Cincinnati Reds 3

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    Reds fans saw a familiar sight in this game: Homer Bailey leaves an outing without allowing a hit.

    The right-hander went three innings and allowed only a walk. Those numbers are not easy against a lineup like the Dodgers', even in the spring. 

    A few of the Reds' regular relievers, Sam LeCure and Manny Parra, were roughed up a bit. Both LeCure and Parra threw one inning, and they combined to give up six runs (two earned).

    On offense, there weren't many standouts.

    However, the most notable performer had to be Billy Hamilton. The speedster notched two hits to bump his average up to .417. That average is impressive alone, but it's even better considering that he hit only .192 during last year's spring.

    It's a great sign for Cincinnati. Hamilton has made a lot of adjustments since last spring, which could pay off in a big way for the Reds this season.

     


    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 2-for-3, R, RBI

    2B Brandon Phillips: 1-for-3

    3B Todd Frazier: 1-for-1, BB, R

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Homer Bailey: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K/1 BB

    LHP Jeff Francis: 2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 4 R, 1 K/2 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 4 R (1 ER), 1 K/0 BB

    LHP Manny Parra: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 K/0 BB 

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-2

Mike Leake Dealing with Abdominal Injury

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    Update: Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. EST

    According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, Mike Leake threw a bullpen session on Wednesday. There were no problems with his session, which is great news for the rotation. Leake is scheduled to make his first start of the spring on Friday.

    --End of Update--

     

    One issue the Reds can't afford to have is injuries to the rotation. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, it has been a rough spring in that department.

    Mat Latos is already working to get back on the mound. Now Mike Leake will miss a start due to an abdominal injury, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

    The injury occurred about a month before spring training. Manager Bryan Price is optimistic that Leake's injury will be fine just by skipping a start, but the Reds need to give the right-hander as much time as he needs to recover. Pitching depth is an issue, and it could be tested early in the season.

    Leake is coming off the best season of his career. The 26-year-old went 14-7 with a 3.37 ERA and came close to throwing 200 innings (192.1) for the first time in his career. 

March 4: Kansas City Royals 9, Cincinnati Reds 5

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    The Reds got some early power from some players who will need to have big seasons at the plate, but the pitching was the story of the game.

    Left fielder Ryan Ludwick and third baseman Todd Frazier went back-to-back in the first inning, which helped give the Reds a 4-0 lead. The two right-handed batters carried the team’s offense in the second half of the 2012 season, so it’s a good sign that the two—especially Ludwick—are swinging the bat well right now.

    Catcher Devin Mesoraco also shined at the plate as he recorded two more hits.

    However, the pitching staff had a rough game.

    Johnny Cueto retired the side in order in the first but allowed runs in each of the next two innings. After getting two outs in the third inning, Cueto allowed four straight batters to record extra-base hits (one homer, one double and two triples). His day was over at that point.

    Right-hander Robert Stephenson also struggled. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base and score in both of his innings. It was the second straight outing in which he struggled.

    The pitchers weren’t all bad. Michael Lorenzen tossed a perfect inning and routinely threw anywhere from 96 mph to 98 mph, according to the Reds.

    It’s important to remember that Arizona is a tough place to pitch. The numbers are always going to be inflated during spring training, so don’t put much stock into the numbers alone.

     

    Notable Position Players:

    LF Ryan Ludwick: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R

    3B Todd Frazier: 1-for-2, HR, RBI, R

    C Devin Mesoraco: 2-for-3, R, K

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Johnny Cueto: 2.2 IP, 7 H (2 HR), 6 R, 4 K/0 BB

    RHP Robert Stephenson: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 K/0 BB 

    RHP Logan Ondrusek: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-3

    OF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, R, HBP

March 3: Seattle Mariners 6, Cincinnati Reds 5

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    Cincinnati was able to score four runs in the third inning, thanks to three Seattle errors. It wasn’t a great offensive showing like it was on Sunday, but the top of the lineup produced.

    Center fielder Billy Hamilton continues to impress at the top of the lineup. Even on grounders to first base he is able to make it a close play. The speedster had a few plays on offense that will get Reds fans excited. In his second at-bat, Hamilton was able to beat out a bunt for a hit. After walking in his third at-bat, he stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher—for the second time this spring.

    Also on the bases, shortstop Zack Cozart was thrown out trying to steal second.

    Skip Schumaker and Joey Votto were each able to take advantage of Hamilton on base. Both players knocked the speedster in.

    On the pitching side, it was a day of stretching a couple of arms out.

    After walking the second batter of the game, Alfredo Simon retired the final eight batters he faced. He held the Mariners hitless for three innings, and he has been one of the most impressive Reds pitchers early on this spring.

    In what could be a sign of things to come, Aroldis Chapman threw more than one inning. He struck out the first two batters he faced, which made it five straight to start the spring.

    Chapman retired the final batter of his first inning but ran into trouble in his second inning of work. The southpaw allowed three of the first four batters he faced in his second inning to record hits. He allowed only one run, so he did a good job of limiting the damage.  

    Hopefully running into trouble doesn’t become a trend for Chapman when he throws more than one inning.

     

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-2, BB, SB, 2 R

    LF Skip Schumaker: 2-for-2, R, RBI

    1B Joey Votto 1-for-2, R, RBI

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Alfredo Simon: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K/1 BB

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K/0 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-4, 2 K

March 2: Cincinnati Reds 15, San Diego Padres 4

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    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    It looks like the regulars were able to take advantage of their day off on Saturday.

    A day after the team’s starting position players had the day off, they put on quite the show. It was an impressive day at the plate and on the mound.

    On a day in which Mike Leake was scheduled to pitch, the Reds got effective outings out of their other pitchers. (Note: Leake was scratched due to an abdominal injury.) Brett Marshall, Tim Crabbe and Curtis Partch held the San Diego Padres hitless through the first five innings.

    Daniel Corcino extended the no-hitter to 5.2 innings before running into trouble, which made it the second straight outing in which he failed to get through an inning.

    Billy Hamilton had another extended at-bat to start the game, although he didn’t reach base this time. He did have an RBI double later in the game and reached base on a fielder’s choice as well.

    Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart each put on a hitting display. San Diego pitching failed to get either player out, and they combined to score four runs in five innings. The Reds pushed the running game as well. Cozart, who did not attempt a steal last year, and Todd Frazier each stole a base in this game.

    It was a big day for nearly every starter. The Reds need to rely on getting several hits in an inning rather than pressing for home runs. The starters put up 10 runs without hitting a home run, which is a very good sign.

    With two outs in the ninth inning, Donald Lutz (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI) put an exclamation point on the game with a home run. 

     

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI

    2B Brandon Phillips: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

    RF Jay Bruce: 2-for-2, 1 BB, 3B, R, RBI

    SS Zack Cozart: 3-for-3, 3 R, RBI, SB

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Brett Marshall: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K/2 BB, 1 HBP

    RHP Curtis Partch: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/0 BB

    RHP Daniel Corcino: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 K/2 BB (36 pitches)

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    OF Roger Bernadina: 2-for-2, 1 BB, 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

    1B Chris Nelson: 1-for-3, R

March 1: Cincinnati Reds 3, Colorado Rockies 2

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    Cincinnati finally faced someone other than Cleveland this spring, and it got back on the smiling side of the scoreboard.

    All of the team's regulars got the day off, although a few impact players saw some time. Outfielder Chris Heisey was the team's designated hitter,  and catcher Brayan Pena was able to get behind the plate.

    This game saw some effective pitching by players the Reds will be counting on this season. Tony Cingrani looked very good in his two innings of work. He retired the final four batters he faced, highlighted by striking out the side in the second.

    Cincinnati's relievers had a good showing on this day. Southpaw Manny Parra threw a perfect inning. Right-hander Sam LeCure allowed a batter to reach via an error, but he had a quick inning thanks to a double play. Right-hander J.J. Hoover was hurt by an error, and he also allowed a hit and a walk. A double play helped him out, and he was able to avoid giving up any runs.

    Many pitchers had a good showing in this game, but the Reds got a bad sign from Chien-Ming Wang. The right-hander allowed a run on five hits in two innings. Colorado's hitters weren't fooled at all. Wang could be in the mix to make a spot start if any of the Reds starters miss time this year.

    The starters on the offensive side got the day off, but plenty of key pitchers were able to get some (good) work in.


    Notable Position Players:

    OF Chris Heisey: 1-for-3

    C Brayan Pena: 1-for-2, 2B, 1 R, Passed Ball

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    LHP Tony Cingrani: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K/0 BB

    RHP Sam LeCure: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K/0 BB

    RHP J.J. Hoover: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K/1 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    LF Roger Bernadina: 0-for-2, 1 R

    SS Ramon Santiago: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, SB

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-2

Feb. 28: Cleveland Indians 4, Cincinnati Reds 0

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    There wasn't much offense today, especially for the Reds. The two teams combined for four runs on seven hits, and unfortunately for Cincinnati, Cleveland was the only team to cross the plate.

    Right fielder Jay Bruce picked up his first hit of the spring, and left fielder Ryan Ludwick continued to impress early on. Cincinnati needs Ludwick to be ready to be hot starting on Opening Day, and he has done well through the first few games of spring.

    The pitching staff was in the spotlight on Friday.

    Homer Bailey allowed a home run on a 3-1 count after walking a batter in the second inning. Other than that, there wasn't much wrong with the right-hander. It's important to remember that numbers aren't important for starters in the spring. This time of the year is just about getting in work for starters.

    The bullpen had a few standout performances, starting with Aroldis Chapman. The hard-thrower struck out the side in the fifth inning on 12 pitches. He was throwing 100 mph consistently, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay. This outing was a very good sign for Chapman.

    Logan Ondrusek also recorded three strikeouts in an inning of work. 

    However, Reds fans were anxious to see top prospect Robert Stephenson. He started off well, but he ran into some trouble. The right-hander retired the first two batters he faced, but he couldn't get the third out without allowing the Indians to cross the plate a few times. He allowed a walk and two hits, which resulted in two runs. 

    It's important to remember that Stephenson has made only four appearances above Single-A. This will be a learning experience, so keep an eye on this spring.

     


    Notable Position Players:

    1B Joey Votto: 0-for-2

    RF Jay Bruce: 1-for-1, BB

    LF Ryan Ludwick: 1-for-2

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Homer Bailey: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 2 R, 0 K/1 BB

    LHP Aroldis Chapman: 1 IP, 0 H, 3 K/0 BB (12 pitches)

    RHP Robert Stephenson:: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, 0 K/1 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-2

Jack Hannahan Had Offseason Shoulder Surgery

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    Gregory Bull/Associated Press

    Third baseman Jack Hannahan underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.

    Cincinnati did not report the procedure, so it was news to everyone when the reporters found out. Hannahan has yet to play in a game this spring as he is still rehabbing.

    In his first season with the Reds, Hannahan hit .216/.317/.288 with one home run, five doubles, one triple and 14 RBI.

    The 33-year-old serves as the main backup to Todd Frazier at third base.

    Hannahan is under contract for one more season, but the Reds do hold a club option for 2015. The option is worth $4 million and includes a $2 million buyout. 

Feb. 27: Cleveland Indians 12, Cincinnati Reds 3

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    Reds fans want to know if Billy Hamilton will be able to get the offense going like Shin-Soo Choo did last year. If the first two games of the spring are any indication, the rookie is poised to be a nice replacement.

    For the second straight game, Hamilton reached third base before an out was recorded in the game. Just like in the first game, he was stranded at third. He also tried to bunt later in the third inning, but it went right back to the pitcher. Through two games, that appears an area that he needs to improve.

    A day after banging up his thumb, Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup. The second baseman didn’t have a hit, but it was good to see that he was able to be in the lineup.

    Third baseman Chris Neslon and Zack Cozart each drove doubles into left-center in the second inning, although Cozart was thrown out trying to extend his into a triple after knocking in two runs.

    Johnny Cueto wasn’t extremely sharp on this day. He allowed three batters to reach base in two innings, but he did manage to work his way out of trouble when he needed to. The right-hander made it through the outing healthy and got to face some hitters with his shortened twist.

    David Holmberg, who was acquired in the three-team deal involving catcher Ryan Hanigan, had a shaky debut. The southpaw struck out the first two batters that he faced. Unfortunately he had to work out of trouble before getting the final out of the inning, and he allowed a two-run blast in his second inning of work.

    Daniel Corcino also made an appearance in this game. The right-hander was all over the place, which is what hurt him last year. He was pulled from the game with bases loaded, having already surrendered a run while recording only two outs. Ismael Guillon allowed a grand slam to the first batter he faced, which blew up Corcino’s stat line. Corcino’s control needs to improve before he can even begin to sniff the majors.

     

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-2

    2B Brandon Phillips: 0-for-2

    SS Zack Cozart: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Johnny Cueto: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K/2 BB, 45 pitches

    LHP David Holmberg: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 K/2 BB

    RHP Daniel Corcino: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 K/3 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    3B Chris Nelson: 1-for-2, 2B, R

    LF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, 3B, R

Feb. 26: Cincinnati Reds 8, Cleveland Indians 3

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    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    In the first game of the spring, the Cincinnati Reds looked ready to go.

    The starters looked good from the first pitch. Center fielder Billy Hamilton started the game off with a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat against Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer. The speedster took off on the first pitch and wound up on third base after catcher Yan Gomes’ throw went into the outfield.

    However, the inning took a scary turn. Second baseman Brandon Phillips walked to put runners on the corners with no outs for Joey Votto. The first baseman’s first at-bat of the spring ended in a strike-‘em-out, throw-‘em-out double play.

    On the other end of the play, Phillips’ left thumb got banged up as he dove headfirst and caught an Indians player foot. He was seen getting attention for his thumb in the dugout, which nearly caused Bryan Price and trainer Paul Lessard to check on him in the field in the bottom of the first. However, Phillips appeared to shake it off and stayed in the game.

    Price commented on Phillips' injury, via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon:

    He kind of bent his fingernail back, his thumb back a little bit but didn’t have any complaints. We’ll certainly follow up and check in on him when we get inside but I think he’s fine.

    The Reds got on the board with a pair of two-out singles by Votto and Ryan Ludwick in the top of the third inning.

    Cincinnati made a mass substitution in the fifth inning. Every starter except for third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Devin Mesoraco reached base.

    Chris Heisey, who came on in the fifth to play right field, had the Reds’ first home run of the spring with a no-doubter to left-center in the seventh. Heisey and Skip Schumaker, both of whom will come off the bench this year, reached base as well.

    Pitchers Alfredo Simon and Chad Rogers each threw two hitless innings. However, Tim Crabbe allowed the first four hitters he faced to reach base in the fifth on his way to blowing a 2-0 lead. No other Cincinnati pitcher allowed an earned run in the game.

    It was a strong showing overall by the Reds to start the spring.

     

    Notable Position Players:

    CF Billy Hamilton: 1-for-3, SB

    1B Joey Votto: 1-for-3, RBI, R, 2 K

    RF Chris Heisey: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI

     

    Notable Pitchers:

    RHP Alfredo Simon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 K/1 BB

    RHP Chad Rogers: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K/1 BB

     

    Notable Non-Roster Invitees:

    3B Chris Nelson: 0-for-1, 1 RBI, K, 1 E

    OF Roger Bernadina: 1-for-2, R, K, BB

    SS Ramon Santiago: 0-for-1, K, 2 BB

Bryan Price: Reds Will Be More Aggressive on Bases

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    Some Reds fans weren't pleased with how little the team ran under Dusty Baker, but new manager Bryan Price says that will change in 2014.

    Price, via Sheldon, says he will be encouraging the team to be more aggressive on the bases. That means more stealing and putting additional pressure on opposing defenses by trying to take extra bases when the ball is in play.

    Cincinnati was tied for 10th in stolen bases last season with only 67 which was the team's fewest since 1971. Speedster Billy Hamilton had 13 steals—good for second on the teamafter being called up in September.

    Obviously, the Reds are going to be running more this year. With Hamilton expected to be the team's everyday center fielder, he will have the green light nearly every time he gets on base.

    However, Price wasn't talking about Hamilton. That would be too obvious. The manager was talking about some of the other players in the lineup, like shortstop Zack Cozart and third baseman Todd Frazier.

    Cozart did not attempt a single steal last year. He is in a tough spot when it comes to stealing. When the shortstop was hitting second, Baker wanted to keep the hole on the right side of the infield open for Joey Votto. When Cozart hit seventh or eighth, it's tough to run when the pitcher's spot is soon to follow. Cozart has four stolen bases in the majors, and he stole 30 bases while in Triple-A in 2010.

    Frazier stole six bases in 11 attempts in 2013. He topped out at 17 stolen bases in a season in the minors, so he's not going to be a huge threat on the bases. However, he has good enough speed to steal anywhere from 10 to 20 bases per year.

    The 2010 club thrived on taking extra bases when the ball was in play. It forces the defense to make a play, and it rewards the offense when done right. Fans love to see aggressive baserunning because it shows that the team is trying.

    Price says that the team is going to use the spring as a chance to see who can make plays on the bases. With a new philosophy in place, the Reds should be able to get into a better flow on offense in 2014.

Feb. 20: Homer Bailey Signs 6-Year, $105 Million Deal (Mutual Option for 2020)

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    As Sheldon reported, the Cincinnati Reds were finally able to lock up Homer Bailey to a long-term deal.

    There had been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Bailey would sign an extension with the club. The Reds had been unable to reach an agreement with the pitcher in the past. Extension talks resumed earlier this offseason, but nothing happened until players reported to camp. 

    The Reds were able to give Bailey well-deserved money. Bailey has two no-hitters and has repeatedly stood out in big games. The pitcher signed a six-year, $105 million deal, and there is a mutual option for a seventh season. 

    The Associated Press, via Sheldon, was able to get a hold of the year-by-year salaries:

    YearSalary
    2014$9,000,000
    2015$10,000,000
    2016$18,000,000
    2017$19,000,000
    2018$21,000,000
    2019$23,000,000
    2020$25,000,000 mutual option ($5 million buyout)

    Some might believe that the Reds overpaid Bailey, but he has earned the big salary. With the improvements that he has shown in recent seasons, this is a very reasonable deal. Early projections had the 27-year-old fetching $20 million per year had he hit the market next winter, as Craig Calcaterra of NBC Hardball Talk notes.

    Reds fans now wonder what Bailey's extension will mean for the rest of the staff.

    Johnny Cueto, Latos, Mike Leake and Chapman are all nearing free agency. It's unlikely that the team could re-sign more than one or two of those at the most. A new television deal for the club in the coming years will determine who the organization can keep.

    Latos is on pace to earn an even bigger contract than Bailey. Cueto could also top Bailey's deal if he can find a way to stay healthy, but his injury history means the Reds may have a chance to sign him to a smaller deal than what Latos might get.

    No matter what happens with the other pitchers in the future, the Reds found a way to lock up one of their aces for the long haul.