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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Cuts and the Opening Day lineup

The Reds cut outfielder Dewayne Wise, infielders Anderson Machado and Mark Bellhorn and catcher Ryan Jorgensen. All were re-assigned to the minor-league camp.

In Bellhorn's case, he has the option of taking his release. He had a decent spring at the plate -- .250, a home and eight RBI in 40 at-bats. But defensively, he was shaky.

Jerry Narron was impressed with the Jorgensen, but he hasn't been able to play since taking a foul tip in the worst possible place. It was a pretty serious deal. "We just got to get him healthy," Narron said.

Wise is a guy the Reds could go get if they need an outfielder.

The lineup for today: Ryan Freel CF, Adam Dunn LF, Brandon Phillips 2B, Ken Griffey Jr. RF, Edwin Encarnacion 3B, Scott Hatteberg 1B, Alex Gonzalez ss, David Ross C, Bobby Livingston P. That's the Opening Day eight in order.

The roster is down to 34 healthy players.

Speaking of health, Gary Majewski is scheduled to pitch in today's game. My guess is he still starts the year on the DL. That's probably will be the case with Bill Bray, who still can't even toss because of his bad finger.

Here's my roster:

Starting pitchers: Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Kyle Lohse, Eric Milton and Matt Belisle.

Bullpen: David Weathers, Mike Stanton, Dustin Hermanson, Todd Coffey, Rheal Cormier, Jared Burton and Kirk Saarloos.

Starting 8: Freel, Dunn, Phillips, Griffey, Encarnacion, Hatteberg, Gonzalez, Ross.

Bench: Javy Valentin, Juan Castro, Josh Hamilton, Chris Denorfia and Jeff Conine.

DL: Bray and Majewski.

Cut: Bobby Livingston, Chad Moeller, Jerry Gil, Elizardo Ramirez, Jon Coutlangus, Victor Santos and Norris Hopper.


at 10:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, while on vacation last week, saw Jerry Narron Tuesday night at Lido Beach Resort shortly after sundown. Took son up to room to grab pen and paper so he could ask for autograph, but Narron nowhere to be found when we returned. I think he sensed we recognized him, although I don't think anyone else did. His voice was the give-away.

at 10:16 AM Blogger DanH said...

I agree with you on the roster. It will be interesting to see what happens if Bray and Majewski go on the DL when they return. Who goes to make room? Also Hermanson needs to go on the 40 man roster who is removed?

at 10:25 AM Blogger docproc said...

Your roster sounds right on the nose, John. Sure hope you're correct about keeping Burton and dropping Moeller--that's the biggest question mark I see.

And I'd love them to trade Cormier to clear at least one spot for Bray/Majewski when they're healthy.

at 10:46 AM Blogger RedsFanInHershey said...

Victor Santos, average career at best, but having a great spring, how come there is barely a whisper about him, also, I understand Miltons contract, but, if he continues to blow up, isnt it more important to win, then getting rid of the contract and giving, livingston,Saarloos,Santos a shot

at 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Belisle. It's pronounced MIKE Belisle. We, however, will excuse your ignorance.


at 11:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why keep Mike Stanton vs Vic Santos? His spring stats are what you'd expect for his age - does a roster slot have to be used to cover an overpaid signing?

at 11:29 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Hermanson does need to go on the 40-man. He's my closer. Stanton will make it on his record and the fact the Reds owe him $2.25 million. Santos sounded like he's willing to go to Triple-A. I wrote something on him two days ago. And, anon, Jerry would have signed and thanked you for asking.

at 11:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Livingston pitches well today I think he makes the roster and Belisle goes down ... for 2 reasons. First, he will have pitched well against Yankees and Red Sox, no small feat -- especially today with TV and all.

Second, they want Belisle to be on a regular pitching schedule -- he wont have that in Cincy at the beginning of the year.

I think the whole reason Belisle pitched yesterday and Livingston is scheduled today is to see how he pitches in a 'big game'.

at 11:51 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Interesting theory. No Manny Ramirez or David Ortiz in the Red Sox lineup.

at 11:58 AM Blogger ewad said...

Juan Castro.... why can't this guy seem to lad a starting job?
No All-Star, but not bad at the plate. And the best fielder on the team. What am I missing?

at 12:00 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Only with Mark Bellhorn does .250 with one HR constitute a "decent spring" at the plate.

at 4:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

castro is good with the glove but cant hit a beachball in slomo and the reds need offense. They can use freel for the infield and keep deno/hopper in the bigs. this team would better itself by dumping half of the geriatric unit and letting the young guns play.

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