Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday's Reds news and notes

The Reds haven't won a baseball game in a week, and two of their biggest stars (Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips) are currently on leave due to the World Baseball Classic, but have no fear, I have some great nuggets to share with you. Dive on in.

+ Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says the Reds are making two bold moves by sliding Aroldis Chapman into the bullpen and Shin-Soo Choo to center. No risk, no reward, right?

+ Speaking of Knobler, the veteran writer also penned a list of likes and dislikes he had about the Reds. It's a pretty interesting read if you're a fan of the Reds. Spoiler alert: Knobler may not be as high on Frazier as majority of the fans are.

+ Reliever Nick Masset continues to make progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He has gone from throwing just three days a week when he arrived to spring training, to everyday now. However, he still remains a long way from returning to full strength.

+ Team USA manager Joe Torre has finalized his starting rotation for the first round of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, slating R.A. Dickey against Mexico, Ryan Vogelsong against Italy and Derek Holland against Canada. WBC rules limit starters to just 65 pitches during opening round games.

+ Kyle Newport of the Bleacher Report gives some of his biggest surprises of Reds spring training camp so far. He says Devin Mesoraco has been the team's best offensive player, among other things.

+ The USA TODAY published a very interesting piece on how Arizona taxpayers are paying the price for hosting spring training baseball every year. Cities are reportedly taking losses due to the upkeep of facilities, while teams collect a good chunk of game revenue.

+ Mike Leake doesn't quite understand why the Reds are moving Chapman from the bullpen to the rotation, but says that he is using that for motivation this spring. Leake has held down a spot in the rotation for the last three seasons, however, he is now in jeopardy of losing his spot thanks to Chapman.

+ Trent Rosecrans has joined the Cincinnati Enquirer to provide another source of Reds news alongside John Fay. Rosecrans previously covered the Reds in the mid-2000s for the now defunct Cincinnati Post.

+ Here is a brief recap of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Reds have lost seven straight to drop their record to a hideous 2-11 on the spring.

+ Cincinnati will play an exhibition affair against Team Canada Wednesday evening beginning at 9:05 p.m. Mat Latos will get the ball for Dusty Baker's bunch.

+ Only 25 days until Opening Day, folks.

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