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Posts Tagged ‘Spring Training.’

Reds announce roster moves involving Dennick, Smith & Villarreal

(courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have made some roster moves involving their bullpen in the past few days.

On Monday, they recalled right-hander Josh Smith.

Smith, who did not get into a game after he was called up, was not on the 40-man roster prior to the promotion. By rule, the club could not have called up a player on the 40-man roster without a disabled list move until 10 days into the season, which was Wednesday, April 14. Smith, a starting pitcher was on hand to pitch in long relief if he was needed.

On Wednesday,  right-handed reliever Pedro Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Smith was optioned back to AAA to make room on the roster.

In another move, lefty reliever Ryan Dennick was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. Dennick, who had an 11.57 ERA in eight games for Cincinnati last season, was designated for assignment Monday. The Reds had 10 days to trade, release or if he passed through waivers, be sent back to the minors.

Villarreal pitched in 12 games for the Reds last season with solid results. Eventhough he had a 4.30 ERA, all 11 of his inherited baserunners were stranded.

Trying to win a bullpen spot in Spring Training, Villarreal ran into some tough luck. He posted a 13.00 ERA in eight appearances, with 13 runs and 17 hits allowed, including three homers.

Former utilityman Miguel Cairo filling in as Reds coach for ailing Mark Berry

Miguel Cairo (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

For those fans who watch the Cincinnati Reds baseball games on television, and thought they spotted former utilityman Miguel Cairo on the bench, you’re not mistaken.

Cairo, who played 17 seasons in the majors, was hired as a special assistant to the general manager after retiring after last season, his third with the Reds.

Cairo is serving as the team’s bench coach for third base coach Mark Berry when he is unavailable while undergoing cancer treatments.

During Spring Training games Reds manager Dusty Baker brought Berry into the dugout and inserted his regular bench coach Chris Speier into the third base coaching box.

Cairo certainly has the qualifications to be a coach having played for several top-notch managers, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Baker.

 

Key members of Indians bullpen hurt; Closer Perez (shoulder), longman Hermann (ligament)

One of the Cleveland Indians strengths in 2012 was their bullpen.

They feel that it’ll stay that way in 2013, but there are a couple of key personnel that have come up hurt as Spring Training camp continues.

All-Star closer Chris Perez could miss a month due to a strained right throwing shoulder.

Long reliever Frank Hermann suffered a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow on Monday. It is not known how long he will be out of action.

Perez saved 39 games last season and Hermann has a career record of 4.26 ERA with 72 strikeouts.

 

Info & logo courtesy of Cleveland Indians & MLBpressbox.com

Former pitching phenom Mark Prior making comeback with Reds

Mark Prior with Cubs (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

For the fourth straight Spring Training, former MLB pitching phenom, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.

Now 32 years old, the righthanded Prior has signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Prior was fantastic with the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2006. He had a won-lost record of 42-29 with an ERA of 3.51 with 757 strikeouts. The San Diego, California native was an All-Star in 2003.

His MLB career ended when he endured various injuries totaling 12 trips to the disabled list.

Prior has not pitched in the major leagues since 2006.

He pitched in the minor leagues last season with the Boston Red Sox at Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 19 games with a 3.96 ERA.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, MLB news

 

Reds sign Mike Leake to one-year deal; will compete with Chapman for rotation

Mike Leake (photo by dbking, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract for $3.06 million with young right-hander Mike Leake.

The 25-year-old California native will be competing in the upcoming Spring Training camp for a spot in the starting rotation.

Leake will make an additional $25,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched.

The Arizona State product made $507,500 in 2012, when he went 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 30 starts, a career-high.

Since his MLB debut in April of 2010, Leake has a record of 28-22, with a 4.23 ERA and 325 strikeouts.

Leake asked for $3.5 million and the Reds offered $2.650,000 in arbitration.

Reds players still offering arbitration include Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Shin-Soo Choo.

 

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds

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