From today’s DDN
At least two players expected to break camp Sunday with the Dragons were not in the lineup (on Monday). Shortstop Paul Janish, whose season was cut short at Dayton last summer for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, has a slight hamstring pull. And outfielder Jay Bruce, the Reds’ No. 1 draft choice last year, is out for a couple of days with a slightly sprained ankle.
I don’t know where Adam Rosales will start the season, he played 32 games for Dayton at the end of last season. If he starts the season in Dayton, it seems likely they’d move Janish elsewhere.
With Opening Day about a week away, I don’t like hearing that Bruce has an ankle problem, no matter how slight.
Monday, left-hander Travis Wood Ã¢â‚¬â€ like Bruce a teenager and a second-round 2005 draft choice Ã¢â‚¬â€ pitched well, and Gardner said, “He opened some eyes.”
I’m looking forward to seeing what Wood does this season. He was extremely impressive in his first year of pro ball last year.
Otherwise, the Reds have released more than usual from their minor-league talent pool over the last few days, including former Dragons’ pitchers Aaron Garrison, Brad Morenko, Jared Sanders, Robbie Wachman, Ty Howington, James Morrison and Joe Wilson. Also released were infielder/outfielder Walter Olmstead, outfielder Stephen Smitherman, catcher Chad Ziemendorf, second baseman Mayker Sandoval and outfielder-turned-pitcher Matt Gray.
This seems to me to be a large group of released players. Maybe these are players from the bad drafts (pre-2004) and the Reds new management is clearing the path for players from the 2004 & 2005 drafts to climb rapidly.
And from the Dragons site:
Greetings from Sarasota! The sun was out and pitching was on display as the Dragons and Delmarva Shore Birds, class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, squared off against each other on Tuesday afternoon at the Reds Minor League Complex. The Dragons picked up a 2-1 come from behind win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit.
The Shore Birds got on the board with a single tally in the top of the seventh inning before the Dragons rallied for two in the eighth. Chris Denove led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a base hit by Gerardo Cabrera. Mike Jones moved the runners along with a SAC bunt and then back to back RBI singles by Eric Eymann and Mike Griffin gave the Dragons the 2-1 lead.
Johnny Cueto started the game for Dayton on the mound and tossed 5.0 shutout innings allowing three hits before giving way to Ranier Feliz who pitched the sixth and seventh. Feliz allowed one earned run in the 2.0 innings he worked. Tim Weiman picked up the win shutting down Delmarva in the final two innings.
Cueto pitched most of the year for the GCL Reds, but got a couple of appearances for Sarasota also.