I don’t know if John Fay reads Redleg Nation or not, but he answered all the questions we’ve had since we learned that GM Wayne Krivsky had signed reliever Dustin Hermanson to a minor league contract:

If you had any concern about Dustin Hermanson’s back, this should ease your troubled mind: He took five flights — mostly on commuter jets — the last three days and was able to throw a bullpen today. Five flights in three days makes my back hurt thinking about it.

Hermanson said he thinks the reason it took so long to get signed is teams were frightened off by the medical report the White Sox were giving.

“It’s like looking at medical report from a guy who had Tommy John surgery 2 1/2 years ago,” he said. “That report isn’t any good anymore. Things have changed for me in the last year and a half.”

Hermanson said the key is a new program that stresses core his strength. We’ll see. He’s pretty close to joining the fray. “I just need to face hitters,” he said.

In addition to answering our questions, Fay also reached the exact same conclusion that we did:

I agree with Wayne Krivsky: Hermanson is worth taking a risk on. The guy saved 34 games two years ago and had 2.04 ERA, and the Reds lose nothing if he doesn’t make the team.

Yep, Fay definitely reads our little blog. 😉