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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, May 7, 2007

Bullpen help on the way?

Eddie Guardado mentioned May 31. That's the day he's eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list. That might not a realistic date, but if Guardado's keeps throwing like he did Monday in a session to hitters, he's going to want to push the timetable up. He threw 20 pitches -- all fastballs Monday.

"I went good, real good," he said. "Forget Louisville, put me in the damn game."

He was kidding, I think. He said it felt like the first day of spring training. That, by my estimation, would put him a two weeks or so away from getting in a minor-league game. May 31 might not be realistic, but I'm guessing he's pitching for the Reds by mid-June -- barring set backs. Elsewhere on the relievers front:

--Bill Bray threw to hitters in Sarasota. He could get into an extended spring training game by the end of the week.

--Gary Majewski is expected to return from the temporarily inactive list and rejoin Louisville tomorrow. He left the team to attend the funeral of his sister, who was killed in an ATV accident.


at 6:16 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Did they have the gun on Guardado and if so do you know what he topped off at?

at 6:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

They usually don't put guns on guys in rehab. The last thing they want is them doing is trying to light up a gun. At this point, the key is he's throwing free and easy.

at 7:51 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...


Was checking out the Louisville Bats and saw that Chris Dickerson is playing for them tonight and that Jared Burton is back on their roster. Also Keppinger has been playing 3B lately, maybe swap him for Encarnacion in Cincy. What is your take on these items?

at 8:01 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Dickerson got promoted. I asked Krivsky is Jay Bruce was headed for Chattanooha. "Not immediately." Burton was simply at Chattanooga because Lousville was on the road. I could see the Keppinger thing happening if Encarnacion contiunes to struggle.

at 8:05 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...


Who are the guys on the Louiville disabled list and what is their status?

at 9:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullpen help cant come soon enough. Narron shouldnt be on the hot seat, Todd Coffey should. He may be one of the best the Reds have but he just isnt good enough right now. AAA would be good for him. If he can get his stuff, control and confidence at a higher level there, he might help later this season. Right now, he's a disaster waiting to happen. He's the bullpen version of Milton

at 9:50 PM Blogger Bengal43 said...

When is Cormier's 10 days up for DFA?

at 10:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much longer will they continue to run out the same players out of the bullpen with the same result? You have a chance to beat the Astros and Oswalt tonight, and you bring Coffey in to face Lee who is 3-8 vs him. And leave him in to face a lefthander in Scott who hits a bomb. Right now, the hot seat needs to be management for not making a better effort to win. Once a chance, twice a possibility, but three times a trend. We are not at 5 or 6 times vs. the Astros alone. The Reds should be 16 or 17 wins. Tell Castellini I'm not coming back to the yard until he makes a change in the bullpen.

at 10:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay-what part of this don't I understand-tonight in a tight game,
Narron once again called on Stanton and Coffey-results were the same as they have been the past 10 days-surprise
Why not try something different-who knows, you might get different results-Salmon has pitched 2 times without giving up a run-yes he's inexperienced but look what happens with experienced guys-got to try something new-eventually even rats learn that if they touch the switch enough, they will get shocked.
The season is slipping through our hands

at 10:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long do we have to watch the game like this? Reds fans are obviously miserable.

at 10:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was pathetic. Coffey needs to go down to Louisville and ride a bus for awhile. Stanton just needs to go away. Management needs to do something now or the team will be out of it by Memorial Day. The entire starting rotation deserves better.

at 10:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously can't watch this team anymore, it seems like every game against Houston is a replay of the previous game. Management has to do something with coffey, he is the worst situational pressure pitcher in baseball and he shouldn't be on this roster, bring up somebody that can get a hitter out when it counts, they can't do any worse than the guys pouring gas on the fire now...

at 2:13 PM Blogger Ken said...

Am I to believe that our "help" is a 30-something year old reliever who has been past his prime for at least a few years now? This is what we are resting our hopes on? How soon does training camp start for the Bengals?

at 2:16 PM Blogger Ken said...

Am I to believe that our "hopes" are lying with a 30-something year old guy who is at least a few years past his prime? It seems the Reds love to have guys who have seen their best days on this team for some reason. This is the best we can do? I've had it already with this team - and nobody seems to want to do anything about it.

When does training camp for the Bengals start....not soon enough!

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