Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday's huge list of Reds news and notes


+ Could Billy Hamilton revolutionize the game of baseball? Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer seems to think so. If Hamilton can get on base enough this season, Daughtery believes other teams will take notice and begin to put more value on speed, again.

+ Former Red and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss 7-10 days after receiving an epidural injection for an inflamed disk in his ailing back on Wednesday. The 37-year-old had to be scratched from his Tuesday start after feeling discomfort in pre-game warm-ups. Keep in mind that Arroyo has never spent time on the disabled list in his career.

+ Brandon Phillips continues his vow of silence with the local media. However, he did speak to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com and the second basemen appears to have no intention of talking with Cincinnati reporters any time soon, saying he has "nothing to say to those cats."

+ Are you looking for an awesome job with the Reds? Apparently, the team is in need of a replay assistant thanks to the new instant replay system in MLB.

+ Neftali Soto has something to prove in 2014, writes C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. At age 25, Soto feels like it's time for him to take the next step up to the big leagues and stay there.

+ Here's a nice piece by Rosecrans that features Skip Schumaker. Jay Bruce and Bryan Price had some complimentary things to say about the scrappy veteran.

+ Daniel Corcino continues to have a rough spring. His ERA ballooned to 58.50 after allowing five runs on three hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of work on Friday. After having a solid 2012 campaign, Corcino has not pitched well at all ever since.

Chris Heisey went deep twice in Friday's, 10-9, split-squad victory over the Mariners in Peoria. He now has three home runs this spring.

Alfredo Simon takes the hill for Cincinnati on Saturday against the Cubs. The Reds continue to prepare Simon for a starting role in case Mat Latos isn't healthy once the regular season starts.

+ Mike Leake looked healthy during his start Friday after being scratched last Sunday due to a minor abdomen strain. That's certainly some good news.

+ Here's seven players turning heads this spring in Reds camp, writes our buddy Tyler Duma over at the Bleacher Report.

+ Congrats to Dave Hall on being named the winner of our Big League Chew giveaway. Dave will receive a free 12-pack of Original Big League Chew for his efforts.

+ Only 23 more days until Opening Day.

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