David Lee Roth -- back in the saddle
David Ross looked solid in his spring-training debut Wednesday night in the Reds' 6-3 loss in Dunedin, Fla., to the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I felt fine," he said.
"I've felt fine throwing the minor-league games," he said. "I had some guys down there who tried to steal bases. Legs feel good, arm feels good. I thought my arm was going to be the thing that took the longest. My arm responded good. It feels good to be back in a big-league game playing with my teammates and getting the feel of just being out there.
"Being under the lights was good. I hadn't played any games under the lights. That helps out a lot. Just the atmosphere; I had a little Adrenaline pumping."
Ross said that even though he has caught Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez in the bullpen, he is anxious to catch them some in spring training games. Bronson Arroyo starts Thursday's day game in Sarasota, and Ross wouldn't likely catch a day game after a night game, anyway.
The starters for Friday's and Saturday's games haven't been announced.
If Cueto and Volquez do any final tuning up, look for Ross to be in there.
"(For a catcher), it usually takes a couple innings just to see how they go," Ross said. "You want them to get in trouble. But yeah, three or four innings just to see what they like to throw in certain situations and see how their rhythm works. Javy (Valentin) and (Paul) Bako have been doing a good job of catching those guys, so maybe they'll start off catching them (in the regular season), I don't know. But they do a good job, too. So, I think we''ll be all right."