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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, September 14, 2007

Maybe Bailey, but not Bruce

Homer Bailey is pitching a simulated game tomorrow in Sarasota. That would line him up to the make the next start in Kirk Saarloos' spot. But don't jump to that conclusion.

"We'll see how he does," Wayne Krivsky said when asked if Bailey would pitch for the Reds again this season.

The Reds did not consider bringing Jay Bruce to the majors after Josh Hamilton's injury. ONe of the reasons they didn't bring Bruce up in the first place was there weren't enough at-bats for him. Bruce is home in Texas. He'll go to instructional league in about a week, then to Arizona to train with USA Team for the tournament in Taiwan.


at 6:36 PM Blogger Dan H said...

You'd think if he is pitching a simulated game at this time of the year it would only be to get him ready for a start and the only team still playing is the Reds. But "we'll see".

at 7:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be that the Reds do not want to bring up Jay Bruce because of money issues. Would bringing him up start his clock to becoming a free agent?

at 9:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This concern with not getting enough at bats for Bruce (or any other prospect) is phony. First of all, just the exposure to Major League life and the chance to talk baseball with veteran players would do anyone a world of good. And so what if all he gets is a few late-in-the-game pinch hitting appearences or defensive replacements. I doubt Bruce would complain. You recall, this kind of thing used to be commonplace. Ron Oester and Eddie Milner got exactly that kind of thing for 2 seasons before they were up in the Majors to stay. And they stayed in the Majors a good amount of time

at 9:49 PM Blogger captainbiscuit said...

The Bruce thing is about money and roster room. They don't want to have to put him on the 40-man roster before they have to...if they were to call him up, they'd have to add him to the 40-man (and take someone else off and risk losing them on waivers). Also, it'd start the arbitration clock for Bruce a year earlier. I'm sure Jay was disappointed, but I'm sure he's enjoying the time off before playing fall ball with TEAM USA. He wasn't going to help the Reds make the playoffs this year, but he's going to be a big part of the future. He'll get that major league experience soon enough.

at 12:01 AM Anonymous MONEY MIKE said...

Well said captainbiscuit...this Bruce issue is somewhat of a broken record. He is not going to come up now for whatever the reason may be. He will be up next year, although hell likely start for louisville, but end up in cincy I would say around may or so. This is just one Reds fan's opinion

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