It has been a busy day here at Redleg Nation – this is going to be the fourth article of the day. The big news came this afternoon when the Cincinnati Reds added Derek Dietrich to the 60-man player pool roster (he’s going to be on the Prasco Park tour). Everyone’s favorite bee keeper noted that he had COVID-19 and that was why he had not yet been added to the player pool, but he’s been cleared as of today and was heading to Prasco Park this afternoon after his zoom press conference with the local media.
The Reds are going to be playing a 5-inning scrimmage this evening at 5:50pm ET at Great American Ballpark. There are five pitchers scheduled to throw today:
- Luis Castillo
- Sal Romano
- Joel Kuhnel
- Jose De Leon
- Cody Reed
It’s an assumption at this point, but probably a good one, that Luis Castillo will pitch five innings for one side, while the other four pitchers will combine for five innings on the other team. Much like we noted yesterday – this should be the second to last start for Castillo before the regular season begins. He is scheduled to pitch next Saturday, in game two of the regular season, against the Detroit Tigers.
Watching the game
You can watch the game live below, or click this link to watch it at Reds.com.
Cincinnati Reds Lineups
We’ll have them posted when they become available. With how things are going right now, the media is not allowed into the stadium until about 15 minutes before the scrimmages are set to begin – so we’ve been getting them about 5 minutes prior to the first pitch.
|Shogo Akiyama – CF||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Tucker Barnhart – C||Joey Votto – 1B|
|Phillip Ervin – LF||Eugenio Suarez – 3B|
|Matt Davidson – 3B||Christian Colon – 2B|
|Alex Blandino – 1B||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Kyle Farmer – SS||Freddy Galvis – SS|
|Mark Payton – RF||Nick Senzel – CF|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Curt Casali – C|
|Jose De Leon – P||Luis Castillo – P|
Pre-game Reds news and notes
In case you missed it earlier, we discussed what the Reds – or any team really – could try to do in order to work with a situation in which that days starting pitcher was not available due to a delay in getting back their COVID-19 test results. Trevor Bauer was unable to make it to the ballpark on Monday because of such an issue.
MLB to pump in generic crowd noise this season
Major League Baseball is pumping in crowd noise this season at all ballparks. And it’s the same crowd noise everywhere – so there won’t be team specific crowd reactions. That is going to be happening in-stadium, not just for TV/radio – so the players/managers/coaches will all be hearing it during the game.