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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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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Freel's OK, well sort of

Ryan Freel said he could play today, despite some very sore ribs on the left side, some more soreness near his scapula on the right side, and some nasty road rash on his left arm.

All was a result of the spectacular catch he made last night in Clearwater.

Freel has been told. "I told him to try to play at 80 percent," Jerry Narron said. "Maybe he wasn't going 100 percent. If he was going 100 percent, he would have really gotten hurt."

Freel says he's trying to try less.

"In the back of my mind, I think I should," he said. "But I see a flyball, and I don't think about it."

Freel's lucky. His shoulder hit the padding of wall at full speed. His head hit next. He said he didn't lose consciousness. He stayed in the game but his back began to spasm when he returned to dugout. He was going for x-rays, but it looks like he'll be all right for Opening Day.

I stopped on Starbucks on my way in today. I don't drink coffee. But I needed an iced tea to get going -- day game after a night game and all. The woman working the counter was easily the perkiest person I've seen in years. I was looking for IV line pumping espresso right into her. She thanked me for waiting in line, thanked me for ordering, thanked me for picking up the order. It was like something straight out Saturday Night Live skit.


at 10:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much was the tea at Starbucks???

That's why she was so perky and polite. :^)

-ScottyJ, Chas., WV

at 10:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


What is your take on how the Milton thing will play out?

at 10:53 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Tea and slice of iced lemon cake was $4.09. That would have bought a couple dozen donuts at Koester's Bakery on Glenway. My take on Milton: I think they're going to put him in the fifth spot. He'll get three to four starts. If he's awful, they'll make a move, i.e., release him.

at 11:31 AM Blogger BradP said...

Did Bubba Crosby's move to minor league camp remove him from the 40-man roster? I bring this up because I believe we'll need to create a spot for Hermanson. Thanks for the blog...i'm enjoying it.

at 11:45 AM Anonymous Tom from Oakwood said...

Sounds like Freel would fit right in as a Starbucks employee.

Freel has got to keep his wits about him. He's more valuable to himself and the Reds healthy than he is as an ESPN highlight reel.

at 11:47 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Yes, Crosby is off the 40-man. He was outrighted.

at 12:03 PM Blogger ewad said...

I'd sit Freel down for the rest of spring training. Have him stay in Sarasota and take batting practice only.
Force him to get better!
Dont' tell him not to hustle.

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