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Friday, January 18, 2008

Surgery for Bray (appendectomy)

From Rob Butcher:

TODAY’S NEWS: LHP Bill Bray is recovering from an appendectomy...the 1-hour surgery was performed today in Grapevine, Texas by Dr. Larry Elliott...Bray is expected to begin working out in 7-10 days and throwing again in 2 weeks...also today the Reds claimed off waivers from the Brewers OF Drew Anderson, filling the club’s 40-man roster...Anderson, 26, in 120 apps last season at Class AA Huntsville and Class AAA Nashville combined to hit .291 with 5 HR, 47 RBI and 17 stolen bases...

RED HOTS: The club announced the Indianapolis stop on their Winter Caravan schedule...from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 the caravan will stop at Champps Indy Northside...pitching prospect Matt Maloney will join the caravan in Columbus on Thursday, January 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Flannagan’s Dublin...special congratulations to long-time Reds clubhouse manager Bernie Stowe and wife Priscilla, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary today.

SPRING TRAINING TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW: Two-game ticket packages for 2008 spring training games at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at the Reds’ spring training complex box office, on-line at reds.com and by phone at (877) 647-7337...tickets for all individual games will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. next Saturday...for information regarding spring training tickets or Premium packages, call (941) 954-4464 or visit reds.com.

ROSTER MANAGEMENT: Reds players eligible for arbitration include Most Valuable Player 2B Brandon Phillips (.288, 30hr, 94rbi, 32sb) and RHP Matt Belisle (30gs, 8-9, 5.32)...arbitration figures were to have been filed today...hearings are scheduled from February 1-20...the Reds haven’t gone to arbitration since 2004, when they won their case against RHP Chris Reitsma.


To clarify: Drew Anderson is not the Drew Anderson already in the Reds organization. This Drew Anderson is a left-handed hitting outfielder. (the Reds apparently cannot have too many of those). The other Anderson is switch-hitting infielder.


10 Comments:

at 3:27 PM Blogger Will T. said...

With all of the outfield depth that the Reds have, they still keep claiming these outfielders off of the waiver wire who have had their chance on a 40-man roster and lost it. I do not understand this. Why do they continue to do this instead of getting pitching. There are probably pitchers on the waiver wire also. If you are going to make a waiver claim, do it on something you need.

 
at 3:45 PM Blogger Rob said...

Now if we could just get a guy named Drew Anderson who's a #3 pitcher we'd be all set.

 
at 3:57 PM Anonymous Red at the beach said...

WK grabs yet another AAAA outfielder -- and he hits lefty, awesome!

I suppose this could be an attempt to position us for an early trade of Freel and/or another OF. At least that is the only plausible reason I can see to make that move.

As will t. stated, I would think the last 40 man spot is best filled by a pitcher, even if a long shot...

The other read I get on this trade is that it is now unlikely that the Reds sign a FA pitcher. If they do, someone will have wasted money, and the cost wary Reds do not like to ever do that.

 
at 4:56 PM Anonymous BigRedMachine said...

It makes perfect sense. They're going to trade Bruce now. I've been telling you. Actually that would be pretty crazy, but if Krivsky still pulled off the Bedard deal I'd be thrilled.

 
at 6:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a huge Reds fan and an Indy resident, I am very disappointed that the Winter Caravan is being held in a bar. In Indiana, no one under 21 is allowed. My wife and I really wanted to bring our daughter, but so much for that idea! Who was the genius who thunk this one up?

 
at 7:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous BigRedMachine said...It makes perfect sense. They're going to trade Bruce now. I've been telling you. Actually that would be pretty crazy, but if Krivsky still pulled off the Bedard deal I'd be thrilled. 4:56 PM

BigRedMachine, I hope your joking. They will NOT trade Jay Bruce. Think about it: a 20yr. old outfielder with the potential to be a 30+ hr, 125 rbi, .300+ hitter for the next 10+ years?? And the first 4 yrs. will be relatively cheap. They traded Hamilton to make room for Bruce. If he pans out, he'll fill the seats more than Griffey ever did. You don't win the 'minor league player of the year' and get traded. He will not be traded.
Jim in AZ

 
at 9:18 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

Good grief. It's not very hard:

* The acquisition of Anderson is for outfield depth on the Louisville roster. It means nothing to the big league squad. He has no chance whatsoever of sticking without an injury. He can just as easily be removed from the 40-man and be sent on waivers again.

* This move has zero to do with Jay Bruce being traded.

* This move doesn't cost any more money than adding any other player to the 40-man. They woulda had to pay it anyhow.

* What under the Castellini ownership says they are cheap? Amazing how often Reds fans blur the very distinct lines between the current ownership and the past two. It's not the same world.

* A minor can go to a bar if they are escorted by their parents or guardian, and/or it's during daytime hours.

* Drink a beer. It's a holiday weekend.

 
at 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Mr. Redlegs, as an Indiana resident, I can tell you that minors are not permitted in bars during business hours. Period.

 
at 3:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minors should be permitted to a bar if they are escorted by their parents or guardians as long as the bar sells food.

 
at 9:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few more things you should know about Indiana laws that differ from Ohio....

*You can't purchase alcohol on Sunday

*You can't buy cold beer from a gas station or grocery store.

*You can't take a minor into an establishment that is a "bar", with or without parental supervision. That's a HUGE "NO NO".

Hey, I have no problems with not bringing children into a bar setting. Adults are drinking and being loud and very offensive with language. Hell, it's pretty bad at games any more to take your kids to. (Have you ever been to a Cubs/Reds game in Cincinnati?) Either the Reds had an oversight, or they aren't target marketing a "family" following for their team or the game.

 
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