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.