Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HUGE Edition of Quotes & Notes: Cueto, Baker, Alonso, Scheduling Conflict & More

  • With Atlanta's 4-1 win over Florida on Wednesday, the Reds are officially eliminated from playoff contention.
  • Owner Bob Castellini told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday that both GM Walt Jocketty, who's contract expires at the end of this season, and Dusty Baker will return in 2012 amid rumors that they would not. Said Castellini on Baker: “Of course, he’ll be back.”
  • Johnny Cueto on his injury and leaving after only 3 2/3 IP on Wednesday: "I felt it pop on the pitch to Soriano. I wanted to stay in but it was sore and painful. I hope I don't have to miss an outing after I'm examined tomorrow." Cueto, who retook the league's ERA lead after his start (2.31), still needs to accumulate at least 162 innings before year's end to be eligible for the ERA title. He currently sits at 156.
  • Dusty Baker on Cueto being forced to exit the game early due to injury: “He didn’t want to, but we had to take him out. He was throwing the ball great. He was pitching for that ERA title. Hopefully, we got him out of there on time. . ."
  • Cubs starter Casey Coleman & the game's losing pitcher on his outing: "I didn't have command. I felt like I didn't know how to pitch."
  • The 2012 schedules for all 30 MLB teams were released on Wednesday, and already there's a gripe in Cincinnati. The Reds are currently looking to move the tentatively scheduled opener on Friday, April 6th against the Marlins to Thursday, April 5th to avoid a conflict with Good Friday.
  • The Reds told Yonder Alonso they need him to return in 2012 slimmer and quicker so that he can be more fit to roam left field. Alonso on trimming down the pounds this offseason: “It’s going to be an offseason where I’m going to do a lot of things differently. I hired a chef. That’s going to help me out. I’m going to get faster. My offseason workout regiment is going to be very different. A lot more running. It’s going to be a left fielder-type attitude coming into the offseason. I’m very excited. We’ll go from there.”
  • Reds minor league pitcher Cole Green was issued a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug and prevention program. Green, the 9th round pick of the Reds in this year's Draft, tested positive for Methylhexaneamine -- a substance often found in stimulants and/or nasal inhalers. The right-hander was 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 10 games for the rookie-level Billings Mustangs this year.
  • Homer Bailey (8-7, 4.34 ERA) gets the nod on Thursday and will square off against Chicago's Randy Wells (7-4, 4.73 ERA) in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.

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