The Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon in Maryvale. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the MLB Network, streamed on MLB.tv and broadcast on MLB.com radio. Here is the lineup:

  1. Billy Hamilton CF
  2. Jose Peraza 2B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Jay Bruce RF
  5. Adam Duvall 3B
  6. Scott Schebler LF
  7. Ivan De Jesus SS
  8. Tucker Barnhart C

Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound as the starting pitcher.

Lineup Thoughts

Billy Hamilton starts his first game in center field. Hamilton has seven plate appearances as the designated hitter this spring, with two hits and no walks.

Reminders: Grant Freking makes the case for patience regarding Hamilton. Mike Maffie looked at the comparison of Hamilton to Willy Taveras.

Jose Peraza plays 2B and Adam Duvall gets another start at 3B.

Has anyone won the left field job? The one-word answer from C. Trent Rosecrans:

Devin Mesoraco pounded a home run in his first at bat of spring training yesterday. Jay Bruce and Scott Schebler also hit long balls as the Reds came back to beat Cleveland.

Reminder: Kevin Michell’s “what to expect” column about Mesoraco last spring, before the catcher’s hip became tragic.

The Reds made a series of roster moves. They optioned pitchers Stephen Johnson and Robert Stephenson and outfielder Kyle Waldrop to AAA Louisville. Those players are all on the 40-man roster so the Reds have to use up one of their three options to send them to a minor league team.

Worth noting that pitcher Cody Reed was not demoted and remains with the big league club.

Reminders: Our scouting reports on Reed – Jeremy Conley and Doug Gray

Pitchers Tim Adleman and Zack Weiss along with catcher Joe Hudson and outfielder Jesse Winker were sent to the minor leagues. Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was released.

Video Moment

Pitcher John Lamb on baseball cards.

News and Reading

• Homer Bailey remains on schedule to start a major league game for the Reds in early May. Bryan Price said Bailey could have been rushed to be the Opening Day starter, but no reason to do that given the rebuild-reboot-recycle. Price said Bailey will be ready to start “right around the first of May.

• Bob Nightengale (USA Today) has a nice article about Bronson Arroyo, who suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury this week.

So Arroyo tried. He even pitched three shutout innings last week against the Houston Astros. He put himself into position with a legitimate shot to make the rotation. Then came the pain. The MRI. And now the diagnosis: Significant tear in the rotator cuff.

“I haven’t really been healthy since I had the surgery,’’ Arroyo told reporters Thursday morning at the Nationals’ complex. “I mean, there would be days where I felt good. But it was one of those things where I couldn’t tell if it was just something that would work itself out in camp.”

• Doug Gray reports on Cuban pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, who had a showcase yesterday that the Reds attended, and his possible signing.

Gutierrez is 6′ 3″ and 185 lbs and profiles as a starting pitcher despite being used as a reliever while he was in Cuba. He last pitched in Cuba at age 18 in the 2014 season. He made huge strides from 2013 as a 17-year-old to when he was an 18-year-old. His control improved drastically in his second season, he struck out more batters in fewer innings, really lowered his ERA and his hits allowed rate.

• The Reds medical staff has prescribed two weeks of rest for Michael Lorenzen to treat his mildly strained UCL. (Mark Sheldon, MLB.com)

Lorenzen, who was diagnosed Tuesday with a mild strain of his ulnar collateral ligament and tendonitis in his right elbow, was examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday. Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director, prescribed rest until he sees Lorenzen again in a couple of weeks.

The article contains reaction from Lorenzen, who remains optimistic. This setback – and there is no assurance the rest will address his condition – means he won’t make the Opening Day roster in any role.

• Reds infielder Alex Blandino played hero yesterday for the Nicaraguan team in the World Baseball Classic qualifier.

Reds prospect Alex Blandino hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to score two runs and give Marvin Benard’s Nicaragua club a thrilling 5-4 victory over Germany on Thursday in the opener of the World Baseball Classic qualifier at Estadio B-Air in Mexicali, Mexico. (MLB.com)

Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

Alex Blandino / Photo: Cincinnati Enquirer

• Your daily fix of Cody Reed. Why does he wear goggles?

Cody-Reed

15 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    It is noteworthy that Cody Reed is still in the ML camp.
    Kudos to Cody Reed, too. He didn’t want to make momma mad.
    Blandino is on the rise again. Seems to have gotten over his struggles he had last year at AA. Blandino, Suarez, and Peraza can all be interchangable parts on the Reds infield. All 3 can handle the non-Votto infield positions. Someday soon.

    • Patrick Jeter

      If Peraza, Suarez, Blandino play well enough to make up the IF of the future in some fashion, I’ll be a happy camper.

    • Shchi Cossack

      You have the IF shaking out the way the Old Cossack sees it, with Suarez lining doubles all over the NL and playing stellar defense at 3B, Blandino providing an offensive force and playing above average defense at 2B and Peraza playing Cozart-like defense at the all-important SS position while provide above average OBP (driven by an above average BAbip) at the top of the lineup. It’s a start and this is spring, so anything is possible right now.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Want ot see what happenes when the pitcher actually pitches to Votto with 1B open, especially with a runner on base? Take a look at the 1st inning…SCOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!

    Looks like the Mesoraco effect is carrying over from yesterday’s game. Duvall with a 2-run dinger in the 1st.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Please tell me the sac bunt by Votto in the 3rd was just a generous scoring decision and Votto was actually trying to bunt for a hit against the shift…please!

    • Kj

      Could just be him practicing bunting now so he can bunt for hits during the season. No harm in practicing now, even if just for a sacrifice.

    • vegastypo

      yeah, he was trying to beat the shift with a runner on first, and just got it too close to the pitcher. the whole third base line was wide open for him. was he attempting to sacrifice? I wouldn’t think so, but they gave him one anyway

  4. ohiojimw

    I’ve been out and about. Did I hear right that Duvall ran into another one?

      • ohiojimw

        Thanks. I know “they” say you can’t believe what happens in ST or Sept in meaningless games but it surely looks like Duvall is at least a serviceable guy if defensively he is anything better than a disaster.

    • Hotto4Votto

      Duvall, out of all the new prospects, has changed my opinion on his ability to contribute than anyone else. If he can keep the K’s down to an acceptable level and work the occasional walk, his power will be a big asset.

      • Shchi Cossack

        2nd hand reports have been that Duvall had seen the light and worked hard to reduce his strike outs during the off season. I don’t have any reliable information to that end, but the results during spring training have reenforced that concept. Duvall hasn’t walked even once, but has struck out only 6 times in 36 PA.

        I was hoping that the Reds might find just 1 viable OF from among the 5 OF candidates (Duvall, Schebler, Cave, Holt & Y-Rod). Maybe Duvall is that OF, and he can fill at 3B & 1B too in a pinch. A RH hitter with power as a backup for Votto at 1B would be nice.

  5. GreatRedLegsFan

    Looking at yesteday’s game I find it very unlikely Hamilton will start the season in the majors, he’s just unable to get on base. On the other hand, Peraza has shown he can get on base on a consistently basis, as well as good speed and defensive flexibility; therefore he should remain in the roster. My take for the opening roster position players is OF: Schebler/Duvall, Peraza/Cave, Bruce; IF: Votto, Philips, Suarez, Cozart, DeJesus, Pacheco; C: Meso/Tucker. Holt will be sent down and YRod will be released. Starting rotation should be Disco, Iglesias, Simon, Reed & Finnegan. Bullpen Hoover, Jumbo, Cingrani, Somsen, Villarreal plus two more from the bunch. Go Reds!

    • Hotto4Votto

      So….we release the 23 year old Rodriguez with tons of upside for 30 year old Pacheco? A utility bench player we don’t really need when DeJesus and Duvall can cover all the positions Pacheco can, except C. DeJesus will give you better defense to boot. Even though the hits aren’t falling for Rodriguez he’s reportedly hitting the ball hard and is demonstrating good plate discipline. He’s a better out fielder than he’s shown in ST as well. Letting Rodriguez go and keeping Pacheco instead is the kind of short sightedness we don’t need for this year. This year should be all about the future. YRod can be a part of that, Pacheco won’t be.