Walt Jocketty joined the Reds in the L.A. today. So my first question to him was any significance to showing up now? The short answer: No. He had planned to be on the whole trip, but he had to attend a memorial service in the St. Louis and a funeral in Minneapolis.
He did take a side trip on the way to St. Louis to see Jay Bruce play at Louisville.
"I told him to be patient," Jocketty said. "What he's doing is not going unnoticed. Keep working. He went out and went 2-for-4 with a home run."
I'm saying with prediction that Bruce gets the call when the Reds return home. Again, that's just a hunch.
Jocketty saw left-hander Matt Maloney throw. "He looked very good," Jocketty said.
Daniel Herrera, the little lefty the Reds got in the Josh Hamilton deal, also threw. Herrera was 0.61 ERA and has allowed only eight hits 14 2/3 innings. His out pitch is a screwball.
"Everything is slow," Jocketty said. "But he keeps hitters off balance."