From today’s Cincinnati Enquirer:

Article on Darnell McDonald and how he’s still with the big club:

McDonald, 30, is still with the club because he’s played his way into the picture.

He’s hitting .371 with one home run and 10 RBI in 35 at-bats. He’s also made several nice plays in the outfield.

Reds manager Dusty Baker has taken note.

“He’s showing what he can do offensively and defensively,” Baker said. “The talent is there. You can see why he was a first-round draft choice.”

Anyone think he can make this team? Or that he should? He’s a 30 year old guy with no history of major league success. I’m not even convinced he’s worth keeping at AAA, if there’s a Stubbs, Dorn, or some young guy who would lose playing time to him.

Bill Bray didn’t help himself any yesterday, Danny Herrera looked good again (and this is the first time I’ve seen it seriously mentioned he might make this team), but Dusty’s comments might tell the tale:

Left-Hander Bill Bray didn’t do himself any favors by walking the leadoff man to start the ninth Wednesday.
He would end up giving up a two-run double that was the difference in the game.
Bray is 0-2 with 5.79 ERA this spring. He’s allowed eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
He has options.

Another lefty in the mix, Daniel Ray Herrera, has retired 16 of 17 batters he’s faced.

“He just keeps getting you out,” Baker said. “Guys like him are really effective in the spring. He’s effective most of the time. Not taking anything away from him. I don’t want to do that at all. But guys’ eyes are adjusted to change of speed.”

Does Dusty’s comment make anyone else think that Herrera’s getting less than an even shot? Why say this?

And Bronson got roughed up by the Louisville squad Tuesday, but…

Bronson Arroyo didn’t try to trick them in his outing against minor leaguers Tuesday.

“I told the catcher: No signs; set up inside or outside and I’ll throw either a fast ball or change-up,” Arroyo said.

The simple plan, coupled with the wind blowing out didn’t add up to a clean line for Arroyo. He gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in the five innings.

“The wind was cruising out at hurricane speed,” he said. “The second hitter of the game fisted one and it almost went out to dead right field. It was unbelievable.”

But Arroyo got his work in, throwing 84 pitches. I threw a lot of fastballs. That’s what I wanted to do. That’s the one thing I lose command of when I get tired. I probably threw 70. I was sore even an hour after the game, which doesn’t usually happen.”

Let’s hope that this is true. But he’s not been exactly stellar this spring either.