John Fay has lots of interesting items in his “notebook” feature in today’s Enquirer. First, good news for the bullpen:

Closer Eddie Guardado felt no ill effects Saturday from his throwing session Friday.

“It feels good,” Guardado said. “No soreness. None at all. It feels pretty good.”

Guardado, on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with soreness in the forearm, will throw again today.

He’s hopeful that he’ll be ready Monday, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL.

Let’s be honest, without Guardado, there isn’t a single reliever in the Reds bullpen with whom I’m comfortable. We really need him back before Narron decides to make Gary Majewski the closer.

Next, I’m worried about what Adam Dunn is going to do tomorrow:

The Reds don’t pay very close attention to the details of the schedule.

But Monday’s 5:10 p.m. start time is beginning to catch their attention.

The Reds play a 4:05 p.m. game today in San Diego. Their charter won’t get in until around midnight. That makes for a quick turnaround.

But that’s not the concern. The sun could make fielding fly balls in the Great American Ball Park outfield hazardous work.

“A 5:10 start scares me to death,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “Those 6:10 games are bad enough.”

The Reds are playing a 5:10 game because by baseball rules they have to play a night game after returning from the West Coast.

Any game that starts after 5 p.m. is considered a night game.

So they’re already making excuses for tomorrow, and not just for the fielders:

Scott Hatteberg says the late-afternoon start will affect hitters as well.

“It’s going to be a quick game,” Hatteberg said. “You won’t be able to see at the plate.”

Oh well, it’ll affect both teams equally, I imagine.

Looks like Krivsky’s found himself another Joe Mays:

Veteran right-hander Jason Johnson gave up six runs on six hits in five innings in his start for Triple-A Louisville Friday.

The Reds signed Johnson to a minor-league contract Wednesday.


Finally, the roster is likely to expand one more time:

General manager Wayne Krivsky said the Reds will bring up some more players after Louisville’s season concludes Monday.

Left-hander Chris Michalak and right-hander Matt Belisle, both optioned to Sarasota last week in bookkeeping moves, are sure to be called back up.

“Less than 41,” Narron said of the number. “At Wrigley, some of them are going to have to dress at the hotel.”

Wrigley’s visitor’s clubhouse is about the size of an average American living room.

Lots of stuff going on around this organization. Should be a very interesting September…and I hope we have plenty to follow in October as well.