Today is the day that position players are scheduled to arrive in Goodyear for Cincinnati Reds spring training. That begs the question: Does Michael Lorenzen have to show up and report again as a position player today? Some position players reported earlier in the week, looking to get a jump start on things.
All of the players are expected to report by tonight in Goodyear. Tomorrow there will be physicals for all of the position players. Tuesday will be the first full squad workout, and in less than a week the first game of the spring will be played when the Reds and Indians face off in Goodyear on Saturday afternoon. Are you ready for some real, but still fake baseball action? It’s been a long offseason.
Reds sign Brandon Barnes, Chris Volstad to minors deals
The Cincinnati Reds have signed Major League Baseball veterans Brandon Barnes and Chris Volstad to minor league deals for the 2020 season. Neither deal comes with an invite to big league spring training. Barnes, who has 1274 plate appearances in the Major Leagues, hit 30 doubles and 30 home runs last season in Triple-A – but didn’t make a big league appearance during the season. Volstad, a right-handed pitcher, didn’t pitch in the 2019 season. He has 772.1 career innings in the Major Leagues, last pitching for the Chicago White Sox in the 2018 season at the Major League level.
Former Red Tony Fernandez passes away
Tony Fernandez passed away on Saturday night. The 17-year Major League veteran played one season with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .279/.361/.426 with 12 stolen bases while playing third base, shortstop, and second base in the 1994 season. Over his career that stretched from 1983-2001 he played in 2158 games, hitting .288/.347/.399 and picking up 2276 hits along the way.
Fernandez had battled kidney problems for years, and early this month he came down with pneumonia. To fight against that he was placed in a medically induced coma. He had reportedly been showing signs of improvement recently, but things took a turn for the worst on Saturday night as he passed away after having a stroke in the hospital. He was 57-years-old.
Mark Sheldon of Reds.com wrote about Sonny Gray’s elbow feeling better after having bone chips removed from his elbow after his final start of the 2019 season.
Get your spring training fix from Kareem Elgazzar of The Cincinnati Enquirer by checking out his latest photos right here.
And finally, here’s the press conference from this evening with Rob Manfred, addressing several topics – but mostly things around the Houston Astros. Starting off the press conference with a lie wasn’t great, but it got worse from there.