Monday, March 5, 2012

Some quotes and some notes



-"I’ve had a couple of spring training slow starts. I think this is just one of them. Hopefully, a couple days and I’ll be able to get back into it full steam. I’m not concerned. Usually every spring training, there’s about a week, 10 days, where I’m just sitting around ready to pitch in a game, kind of wasting bullets." -Closer Ryan Madson on his sore elbow that has temporarily shut him down

 -“I felt pretty good. I felt like the ball was coming out all right. Overall in general, I pretty happy with it.” -Starter Homer Bailey on his outing on Sunday (2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, K)

-“Soto hit 30 home runs last year and missed a month. That’s why we could afford to trade (Yonder) Alonso. I’ve seen Soto in the weight room. He’s very strong. He works hard. He plays a very good first base.” -Manager Dusty Baker on 1B prospect Neftali Soto

-“He looked so-so but I’m not worried about him. He couldn’t control his breaking ball. He was coming up short. You know he can throw that breaking ball any time when he’s ready. He’s not going to get it unless he throws it down here. This isn’t exactly the place to throw breaking balls.” -Baker on reliever Sean Marshall spring debut on Sunday (1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H)

-“He could be behind a little bit but at the same time, he hasn’t had a lot of bad teaching either. When we got him, he was pretty raw and an open slate. His energy and enthusiasm for the game kind of sets him apart from the other kids. He really likes to play and he’s a very coachable young man.” -Double-A Dayton manager Delino DeShields on prospect Donald Lutz

-“For me, it’s hitting. I’m not really worried about the defense. You hit the ball, you play. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. The reality of it is we have an all-star caliber infield. You’ve got to understand where you think you can play and where Dusty thinks you can play. I talked to him. He said to come in and do what you have to do and everything will take care of itself.” -UTL Todd Frazier on playing time

- Monday's 3:05 pm ET game against the Indians will be the only game televised by FS Ohio this spring.

- Jamie Ramsey of Better Off Red provides the radio/TV schedule for all Spring Training games on his blog. Check it out.

- Left-hander Bill Bray continues to be sideline by a left groin injury. He believes he'll be back to practing by this upcoming weekend, according to this report by the Bleacher Report.

- CBSSports.com's Trent Rosecrans previews the Reds' 2012 season in the following piece published over the weekend.

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