Finally! Spring is here:

It’s time for the tarps to come off the pitching mounds and for the catching equipment bags to be unzipped. Spring Training is here.

A total of 29 pitchers and eight catchers are slated to report to Reds Spring Training on Saturday and they will get started right away. Following physicals, the players are scheduled to hit the field at 1:30 p.m. ET for the first formal workout of 2009. Position players are to report on Tuesday, which should bring the big league camp total to 63.

Many Reds didn’t wait for the report date to show up. Starter Aaron Harang, closer Francisco Cordero, reliever Bill Bray and outfielders Jay Bruce and Chris Dickerson were among those already at the team complex before the weekend.

Unfortunately, spring training is going to be a bit longer this season. That’s due to the World Baseball Classic, plus a couple of extra off days that were built into the schedule for some reason. At any rate, Opening Day will be here before you know it.