Saturday, February 15, 2014

Early spring training Reds news and notes

Friday marked the first full day of workouts for Reds pitchers and catchers and the day also produced a plethora of notable news, notes, and quotes. Instead of browsing around the internet trying to catch up on all the latest Reds happenings, just relax and know that everything you need to know is included below.

+ Aside from Friday being the official start to spring training, the biggest news story of the day was Mat Latos having surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus in his left knee. Apparently, the big right-hander slipped off the mound Thursday and caused some minor damage. Dr. Timothy Kremchek operated on the knee Friday morning and Latos is expected to resume his throwing program in about 10 days. Although the team doesn't seem overly concerned, it's not clear how long Latos will be sidelined from live game action.

+ The Reds and Homer Bailey reportedly remain in talks about a possible long-term extension. They have until Feb. 20 to work out at least a deal for 2014 before heading to arbitration. I'm just not convinced a long-term contract is going to happen. Besides the fact that such a commitment doesn't fit into the payroll, Bailey doesn't seem too keen on the idea of bypassing free agency and sticking around in Cincinnati.

+ Mark Sheldon reports that both Johnny Cueto and Jonathan Broxton look much healthier now than they did last fall. Cueto should be ready to go by Opening Day while Broxton hopes to be go to go by then as well. Additionally, John Fay says Sean Marshall is a "full-go" after spending considerable time on the disabled list in 2013, too.

+ Speaking of Cueto, Sheldon also writes that Cueto will be shortening his delivery per the request of new skipper Bryan Price. His Luis Tiant-style twisting will be cut back to reduce the chance of injury.

+ Neftali Soto, who has played mostly third base and first base in the minors, will spend more time catching in the spring to increase his chances of helping the big league squad. Here's what general manager Walt Jocketty told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“He wanted to work on that so he could further his chances of helping out,” Jocketty said. “He can play first, third and catch. It’s really just an opportunity for him to come in and catch some bullpens and do some things to be familiar — he’d probably be an emergency guy.”

+ Aside from Soto, pitchers Carlos Contreras and Daniel Corcino were the only three Reds pitchers and catchers who did not attend Friday's first day of training. Each one had travel issues.

+ Brian Feldman of KMOV (St. Louis) took a look at the state of the National League Central Division with this post focused solely on the Reds. 

+ On Friday, I wrote a post entitled "five things to keep an eye on as a Reds fan this spring." If you didn't catch it, take a gander now if you like. 

+ Dusty Baker wants to manage again.

+ We're roughly five weeks away from Opening Day, guys. It may not seem like it now, but the regular season will be upon us sooner than we think.

Photo: Bryan Price (Credit: Jamie Ramsey/Better off Red)

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