This just in . . . Hopper to the DL
Outfielder Norris Hopper will not be coming north with the Reds.
"He might be DLed," Jerry Narron said.
Does that mean Chad Moeller gets the last spot for a position player?
"He's got a good chance,"Narron said.
Hopper will go on the DL and stay here to rehab. Dewayne Wise also make the trip to Dayton, so there a chance he could make it if the Reds decide they need an outfielder. Remember, Ryan Freel hasn't played since he hit the wall in Clearwater. He is in the lineup today.
The call on who is fifth starter -- Matt Belisle or Kirk Saarloos -- will probably be announced Sunday. Both are pitching today. Saarloos was listed as the starter for the last couple of days. But Belisle is actually going to start. Read into that what you will.
There's definitely a get-away day feel here. The bags are packed. Players wore suits in. The media contingent is down to me and Gary Schatz. I'm flying out Saturday morning. I made my reservations before the game in Dunedin became at Triple-A game. I tried to get out later today. Delta would change my flight for only $390. That Gold Medallion status really carries some weight, eh?
It seems like about a year ago that camp opened. Driving in, I had the pleasant realization that I won't drive in rush hour more than a handful times over the next six months. People are in bit of hurry and a bit stressed on their commute.