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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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Thursday, April 17, 2008


Dusty Baker talked a little bit about possible changes and then allowed this:

“It’s a very interesting situation,” Baker said.

How so?

"It's just interesting – the whole thing."

Here's some things I think you'll see:

--Josh Fogg will be out of the rotation. I don't know if he'll be off the team, but who starts is Baker's call. He's not big on Fogg. I'm told, in fact, that he didn't know the Reds were signing Foog until after the fact.

--Jerry Hairston Jr. or Jolbert Cabrera will be up here shortly. It's believed Hairston has an out in his contract after a month. He's hittting .429 with two home runs and 10 RBI with a .467 on-base and .785 slugging.

The Reds made no move Thursday.

“I’ve got to get home and talk to Wayne (Krivsky) first,” Baker said. “Wayne’s in Louisville now. We’ll talk on the phone or as soon as we get back.”

It was noted that starting pitchers and hitters are doing well in the minors. David Ross and Matt Belisle are due to come off the DL as well.

“Something’s got to shake out," Baker said. "And you’ve got some guys doing well down there. Guys we liked in spring training.”


at 2:32 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

There better be some changes.

at 5:28 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Please no more Baker Boys (Hairston).

at 8:12 PM Blogger mike said...

They should send fogg down and bring up homer

at 8:41 PM Blogger Joe said...

I am glad to see Belisle going well in his rehab stint and hope he gets a shot at Fogg's spot in the rotation. If Fogg does not agree to a AAA or bull pen spot (Coffey's) I could see the Reds eating his contract and setting him free.

Homer still has some maturity issues, pitching and otherwise, give him some more time to get it right. I don't have a problem with his ability, it is all upstairs with him.

Thompson in Chattannooga has some very impressive numbers. AA to the big league is not that big a step, ask Cueto.

Bottom line, it is nice to have some options in the minors ready to step up.

I wish there were four right handed hitters with some pop in Louisville! That would give the Reds some real options. Since when did right handed hitters become such a rarity?

at 9:23 PM Blogger Dave from Louisville said...

Coffey demote Coffey, trade or DFA Fogg. Bring up Belisle and Bailey. We need them both, something that we do not have a relief pitcher that pitches well in long relief. With the lack of guys that go deep into the game, I think you need about 6 would be starters on the 25-man.

Maybe put Fogg in long relief. But I am a huge fan of putting young starters in long relief if they don't win the starting spot outright. See Liriano, Chamberlain, Papelpon, and Santana.

at 10:13 PM Blogger Brad WV said...

John, how is Tom Shearn doing in AAA? I haven't heard his name mentioned at all. He had some decent starts at the end of last year. He couldn't do much worse that Fogg has been lately.

at 11:05 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Bad news. Just looked up Cabrera and Hairston on baseball-reference.com (it's free) and they both have a history of stinking really bad. They're worse than whoever they will replace. Brandon Larson also called me. He said stats in Louisville don't mean much in the majors.

at 7:58 AM Blogger matt said...

you have to think they will bring up bill bray. i am still not sure why he wasn't included on the roster from the start.

at 9:21 AM Blogger Clueless Krivsky said...

Hey Richie, I bet Votto and Cueto would beg to differ. :)

I see people are still against "Dusty's Boys," yet where would we be without Patterson's clutch hits, home runs and rbi's, and where would we be without Bako's performance so far???

Hairston lit it up during March and he's still doing so. I'll take him over Castro any day of the week. He's earned a chance with this club, in my opinion.

at 2:15 PM Blogger Ron said...

DFA Fogg & Coffey. Trade Hatteburg, Freel & a mid level prospect for Crede and DFA Castro. Bring up Cabrera, Belisle & Bray. Crede can platoon with Votto at 1B & provide RH pop off the bench. I love EE, but he can really try one's patience sometimes perhaps having Crede take some of his playing time will motivate him.

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