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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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Friday, April 13, 2007

Fine forecast and Cruz

The weatherman on Fox here says there's a high pressure system over Chicagoland. That means it's going to be sunny and about 50 today. Good weather for baseball, all things considered.

No word on the corresponding move to get someone on the roster while Alex Gonzalez is out.

The move was just announced. It's Enrique Cruz, who looked very good in spring training. This from the Reds:

TODAY'S TRANSACTIONS: Prior to today's game the Reds selected from Class AA Chattanooga the contract IF Enrique Cruz...he takes the 25-man roster spot of SS Alex Gonzalez, who yesterday went on the bereavement list, and the 40-man roster spot of OF Chris Denorfia (right elbow surgery), who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list...Cruz will wear uniform number 48.

ABOUT THE NEW GUY: IF Enrique Cruz appeared in 8g for the Reds in spring training (.286, 2rbi)...this season he hit .350 with 2rbi in 5g at Class AA Chattanooga, all starts at 3B...he made his only career Major League apps in 2003 for the Brewers (60g), his last in a start at SS on 9/28/03 at Hou.


at 10:08 AM Blogger docproc said...

It's funny to think of 50 degrees being good weather for baseball, but you're right--it sure beats what we had during the first homestand!

at 10:15 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

why cruz and not bellhorn?

at 11:04 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Bellhorn was not very good defensively in spring training.

at 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw Cruz play Wednesday in Chattanooga - had three nice hits off a solid Montgoomery pitcher and made some smooth plays at third. Good for him on the callup.

at 11:19 AM Blogger docproc said...

To be honest, I'm surprised they even kept Bellhorn--he butchered so many plays in Spring Training. I'd like to see Janish at shortstop in Louisville instead. Bellhorn has no future with the Reds.

at 11:42 AM Anonymous Paul said...

The Cruz promotion makes sense to me over Bellhorn since you're looking for a bench guy for a week and if Castro is going to play SS (and he should), you need a quality backup defender at 2B, 3B, and SS.

I am curious how the Cruz promotion to the 40 man roster works in the grand scheme of things. The Reds had Cruz play a fair number of games with the varsity squad this summer, he is a former Rule 5 pick and it looks like he was outrighted off the 40 man roster of the Brewers the following year. So my guess is he has options. A guy like Bellhorn would be DFA'd if he's taken off the 25 man roster (and we'd lose him), but if Cruz has options you can keep him on the 40 man and send him back to Chattanooga or Louisville and continue to develop him into a utility infielder.

Of course, I could be wrong, but this move makes sense both now (assuming Castro gets the starting nod at SS the bulk of the time with Gonzalez gone--who else other than Phillips would it be?) and into the future. My guess is you won't see Bellhorn in Cincy this year unless Phillips is DL'd.

GO REDS! I'd like to see Harang and Dunn duplicate their Opening Day mastery of the Cubs today...

at 12:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this another message to EE by brining up at 3rd baseman?

at 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bellhorn sticks around as mid season trade bait...a throw in in a deal, or if a major injury happens on another team....plus, he is servicable enough to fill in for a week or two if need be.

at 1:35 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

If someone wanted Belhorn he would have signed with them instead of going to AAA.

at 1:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say move Phillips to SS and bring in Freel to 2nd so Hamilton can play in CF.

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