• Starting pitcher John Lamb had disc surgery in December that will put him behind schedule, possibly mid-April.

Lamb was part of the Johnny Cueto trade with Kansas City. In 10 starts for the Reds last year, he had an impressive 26.4 percent strikeout rate (would have been 11th best among all major league pitchers) and 3.56 SIERA.

• Baseball America published their Top-30 prospects for the Reds system. They ranked Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed and Amir Garrett as the top three. The ratings were made prior to the Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman trades. You can see their entire list here, at Doug Gray’s site, side-by-side with Doug’s rating.

• In another sign that Spring Training is closing in, the moving truck began loading up at Great American Ball Park.  The truck leaves tomorrow on a three-day, 1800-mile trip to Goodyear, Arizona.

The usual game equipment — like bats, baseballs, extra uniforms and helmets — is headed to the Reds’ player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz. But also included are front-office items, kitchen and food supplies for the clubhouse, all the equipment of the medical and training staff, marketing and promotional materials and audio/visual equipment needed for the scoreboard crew shoots. There were some other items, too, including a guitar, a bicycle and a treadmill.

Many of the Reds are already in Goodyear working out.

• Former Reds player Skip Schumaker signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

• Another former Reds player, Mat Latos, signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

That’s a huge fall for Latos, who as recently as 2013 had a big year starting for the Reds.

9 Responses

  1. TR

    Matt and Todd will be team mates at New Comiskey.

  2. deLuxe

    He could have injured the back after the season. Or, they could have been using physical therapy and injections to alleviate the situation. Surgery is always the last remedy as serious complications can and do develop. Discs are not trivial.

    • RFM

      Price implied that John Lamb’s rehab is going slower than expected, making it sound like since the procedure they expected him to be ready by spring training, only recently pushing that back into mid-April.

      For people wondering why the Reds didn’t announce it, probably they hoped it’d go unnoticed and cause no distraction.

    • Ken Goldsberry

      Really depends on what type of back surgery and where it was done on his back. I’m living testament that back surgery of the fusion variety can take a long time to rehab and leave scarring that still causes issues. Lower back fusion is probably a 6 – 12 month recovery time.

  3. sezwhom

    An interesting Spring Training usually translate into a moot point by the end of April.

  4. dan

    back surgery for a disc problem at such a young age doesnt bode well for this guy to have either a long or a successful career.

  5. Joe McManus

    I wonder if this opens the door for Cody Reed with a good spring training?

  6. james garrett

    Tough break for Lamb but lets hope the surgery fixes the problem.As far as Reed or anybody else who pitches or performs well they won’t see the field if there service time clock hasn’t started.The Reds must get rid of players they don’t see as part of the future before they start the clock on players who are part of the future.Outside of BP I don’t think they even know who those players are and will use this year to evaluate.So as much as me the fan wants to see this guy or that called up and given a chance it just won’t happen.Walt and Price have all but said the names of the roster will be familiar names with an exception or two.