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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, March 21, 2008

Two more cut

From the Reds:

Today the Reds reassigned to minor league camp C Alvin Colina and LHP Scott Sauerbeck. The spring training roster is at 42, including injured players LHP Bobby Livingston and SS Alex Gonzalez.

Today's lineup v. the Pirates, 1:05 p.m.
Corey Patterson CF
Jeff Keppingger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Joey Votto 1B
Javy Valentin C
Aaron Harang P

Could be the Opening Day lineup.


15 Comments:

at 10:17 AM Blogger ST fan said...

With Hatteberg at first instead of Votto...yes, opening day line up.

 
at 10:23 AM Blogger Kenworld said...

Griffey and Dunn need to be switched, which will NEVER happen. but I bet your right.

 
at 10:26 AM Blogger Landlocked Bubblehead said...

Hey John - John Patterson just got released from the Nats. How difficult would it be to take a flyer on someone like him. If the injury bug is behind him, we are now looking at a potential innings eater - give him a stint in AAA, and get ready, cuz I don't feel increadibly comfortable with Volquez and Cueto lasting a full season....

 
at 10:48 AM Blogger docproc said...

Yep, I think that's the Opening Day lineup except for Hattey replacing Votto, who will likely be in Louisville.

 
at 10:51 AM Blogger Red Faced said...

I have to agree with you John, this does indeed look like our opening day lineup. Perhaps Hatteburg gets the start over Votto but part of me thinks we are likely to see Votto start. The 7 spot is a good place for him to start out, it will be a lower pressure spot for him. Would love to see Dunn's bat get a little warmer this last week of spring though. He's been ice cold for over a week now after his strong start. Basically ever since Dusty told him to be more aggressive.

 
at 11:08 AM Blogger minman said...

That will be the opening day lineup barring injury, like it or not.

 
at 11:10 AM Blogger minman said...

That will be the opening day lineup barring injury, like it or not!

 
at 11:28 AM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

OBP, SLG, OPS

Patterson .298 .414 .712
Keppinger .367 .439 .806
Griffey .374 .553 .927
Phillips .306 .419 .725
Dunn .381 .519 .900
Encarnacion .348 .450 .798
Votto .360 .548 .908
Valentin .308 .401 .708

So the person with the lowest OBP leads off. Dusty Baker doesn't even know the meaning of the word objectivity!

 
at 11:32 AM Blogger lookouts fan said...

John,

What are the chances Lincoln makes the 25 man?

Haven't hear much talk about him but he has been dealing.

Will he be re-assigned to Louisville as well if he doesn't make it?

Thanks.

 
at 12:09 PM Blogger Matt said...

The benefit of starting Votto is it improves the bench and keeps him playing every day. His struggling with the big club is the risk, obviously. But it's better to start him in AAA then have him on the bench. I know this has been said before but the weaker looking bench has brought it up to code orange. If they did send Votto down, it would open up a spot for a non-roster invite who has played well, possibly Green or Phillips, or Jerry Gil. A 3-way platoon with Gil/Kepp/Hatteberg with Kepp playing full time could be the way. Gonzalez won't be out too long, hopefully. The bench obviously gets a boost then.

 
at 12:15 PM Blogger NJREDS29 said...

John,
A couple of things bother me as the spring winds down: We did not acquire a dependable starter like Blanton to shore up the rotation (I say trade Bailey and someone else for him right now. Our bench has no pop in it. If we need a homerun somewhere down the road it isn't going to come from the bench, and why are they going to carry Stanton out of spring training. Cut him loose and eat the money. What are you going to do pay him to lose ball games for you. That doesn't make sense to me.

 
at 12:28 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Not sure picking up Bowden rejects is a good idea.

Seriously, who wants a pitcher that wasn't good enough to play for a last place team?

Besides, the Nationals are made up almost entirely of former Reds...let's keep that a one-way thing.

 
at 1:26 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

NJREDS or maybe they will be paying Stanton to win games for them. He has helped win quit a few.

Who knows how a vet like Staton could respond to Dusty. Maybe Jerry couldn't get it out of him.

If Stanton has a 4 ERA, he can help us. I kept hearing last year how
Stanton could pitch to both RH and LH. Maybe he has reached the time where he is situational.

Bray, Stanton, Mercker, could allow them to face fewer hitters and allow them more success

 
at 3:31 PM Blogger Cy Cueto said...

I'd like to see harang, cueto arroyo, volquez and Fogg. Why skip over Volques when the dont need a fifth. He needs to pitch to stay sharp and continue to develop. Fogg as a veteran could handle getting skipped. Arroyo could spack out Cueto and Volques just like their trying to do with Fogg. I just wonder if getting skipped will hinder Volquez.

Arroyo might take it as a slap, but hopefully he would be like Freel was with Hamilton last year, realize the talent and the need to spit up the Dominicans and take the third spot like a man.

 
at 3:48 PM Blogger Y-City Jim said...

NEWS FLASH!!

Patterson draws his first walk of the spring!!!

 
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