Tag:Homer Bailey
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Even with mono, Arroyo ready for season

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bronson ArroyoMany have been skeptical of Bronson Arroyo's plan to pitch through mononucleosis, but the Reds starter threw 100 pitches and went into the seventh inning on Tuesday in the team's final  spring training game.

"I felt good, I can't stop coughing, but I feel good," Arroyo told MLB.com. "I'm feeling better every day. I didn't have the best command. They hit the ball hard right at some guys, but I got 100 pitchs in, and that's what I wanted to do. I'll see how I bounce back tomorrow. It will be a nice little test for me."

Arroyo gave up six hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in the team's win over the Indians. Cleveland's two runs off of Arroyo came on solo homers by Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has owned Arroyo in the past. In regular-season games, Choo is 6 for 12 off of Arroyo with four homers, so Arroyo appeared to be in mid-season form.

"Choo hits everything I throw," Arroyo said. "I was hoping to face him one more time. I was going to tell him what was coming every pitch and see if he could deal with that."

The Reds already have two-fifths of their rotation starting the season on the disabled list, with Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey suffering injuries this spring, and Arroyo has been pushed back to the team's third game, Sunday against the Brewers after initially being scheduled to start the second game. Travis Wood will start the team's second game of the season.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 3:55 pm
 

All of a sudden, Reds rotation a mess

By Matt Snyder

The defending NL Central champions entered camp with at least six viable starting pitchers: Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Travis Wood, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Some fans may have even inexplicably thought Dontrelle Willis had a chance of impressing, but he's been moved to the minors (it was announced Sunday via press release, forgive me for yawning).

It did, however, look like an embarrassment of riches, especially if you looked from the angle that Volquez was far enough away from Tommy John surgery to fully return to form and Cueto, Wood, Leake and Bailey were young enough to expect improvement.

Instead, Bailey will start the season on the DL, Cueto is headed that way and Arroyo has mono. As a result the fairly anonymous Sam LeCure is going to begin the season in the rotation.

Wood has thrown the ball relatively well this spring for the most part, but he's the exception.

Leake has been dreadful, having allowed 27 hits, 16 earned runs and seven walks against just four strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. Yes, that's a 9.39 ERA and 2.22 WHIP. This is fresh off a season that saw him go 3-4 with a 6.47 ERA after the first week of June, so there has to be plenty of concern.

Volquez has been pretty bad himself (8.38 ERA and 2.38 WHIP), to the point that he was talking about how great he felt after a lackluster effort last time out.

We shouldn't put a ton of stock in all spring numbers, but for young guys trying to get back in the groove or players working back from injuries, they matter to some extent. I'm sure Dusty Baker would rather have everyone throwing it well, that's for sure. The good news is nothing that's happened thus far counts and that the injuries all appear to be pretty minor. Everything could work itself out by the middle of April -- and it's a long season.

Still, within just over a week, starting pitching has gone from a strength to a big question mark for the Reds.

Just goes to show how precious starting pitching is, doesn't it?

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Arroyo doesn't expect to miss any time with mono

Bronson Arroyo
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Even though Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has mononucleosis -- not valley fever -- he said he will stay in the team's rotation, giving a needed boost to a team that's already lost Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey for the start of the season.

"I'll make it through," Arroyo told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Saturday.

Arroyo, one of baseball's most durable pitchers, said he's been told there's nothing more medically they can do and there's no timetable for a recovery.

"It could be two weeks," Arroyo said. "It could be the whole season. It's like any disease -- it has to run its course. All I can do is eat good, exercise."

Also, because his energy is drained, he'll cut out all his "extra-curricular activities."

"I'll just come to the park and go home and rest," Arroyo said.

If Arroyo does have to spend any time on the disabled list -- something he's never done in his career -- Matt Maloney would likely replace him. Arroyo has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the last six seasons.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Reds putting Bailey on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Homer BaileyAll offseason we heard about the Reds' pitching depth and it won't take too long this season to put it to the test.

With Johnny Cueto already expected to miss his first start and Bronson Arroyo being tested for valley fever, the team said Friday it will be putting Homer Bailey on the disabled list to start the season with a right shoulder impingement.

The team hopes Bailey will miss just two starts.

"It's nothing to be alarmed about," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay on Twitter). "If we didn't take care it now, it would bother him all year."

Sam LeCure will take his spot in the rotation, along with Edinson Volquez, Arroyo, Mike Leake and Travis Wood. LeCure, 26, was 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA last season with the Reds in 15 games, six starts. As a starter, he went 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA.

The National League Central has been hit hard with starting pitching injuries this spring, with the Brewers losing Zack Greinke for a couple of starts, the Cardinals losing Adam Wainwright for the season and the Reds' slew of injuries. The Astros' Wandy Rodriguez missed a couple of weeks with shoulder tendinitis but returned on Tuesday and is expected to start the season on time.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Reds putting Bailey on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Homer BaileyAll offseason we heard about the Reds' pitching depth and it won't take too long this season to put it to the test.

With Johnny Cueto already expected to miss his first start and Bronson Arroyo being tested for valley fever, the team said Friday it will be putting Homer Bailey on the disabled list to start the season with a right shoulder impingement.

The team hopes Bailey will miss just two starts.

"It's nothing to be alarmed about," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay on Twitter). "If we didn't take care it now, it would bother him all year."

Sam LeCure will take his spot in the rotation, along with Edinson Volquez, Arroyo, Mike Leake and Travis Wood. LeCure, 26, was 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA last season with the Reds in 15 games, six starts. As a starter, he went 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA.

The National League Central has been hit hard with starting pitching injuries this spring, with the Brewers losing Zack Greinke for a couple of starts, the Cardinals losing Adam Wainwright for the season and the Reds' slew of injuries. The Astros' Wandy Rodriguez missed a couple of weeks with shoulder tendinitis but returned on Tuesday and is expected to start the season on time.

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Cueto likely to start season on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto was shut down for the next week-to-10 days and will likely start the season on the disabled list, meaning Mike Leake's first minor-league start will have to wait.

Johnny CuetoThe Reds announced that Cueto has mild inflammation on his right shoulder and will stay at the team's training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., when the team leaves for Cincinnati next week.

"Everything structurally is fine," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters, including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "The recommendation from Dr. [Timothy] Kremchek is to shut him down for a week or so and give it a chance to get him back on a throwing program."

The team expects him to need at least two weeks.

Another Reds starter, Bronson Arroyo, is dealing with the flu, so he's been bumped back a start, as well. That leaves the rotation as Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Arroyo, Travis Wood and Leake.

There had been a battle between Wood and Leake for the final spot -- just as there was last spring. Last spring Leake, the 2009 first-rounder, won the spot out of spring, bypassing the minor leagues altogether. Leake had a fantastic first half of the season (6-1, 3.53 ERA), but then struggled and fought shoulder fatigue and was finally put not he disabled list. He finished the season 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA.

With Leake struggling, the Reds called up the left-handed Wood, who took a perfect game into the ninth at Philadelphia in his third career start. Wood finished the season 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.

Wood was winning the spring battle, going 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in four starts. Leake is 1-0 with a 6.23 in four games and three starts. However, in his last appearance, he went four scoreless innings against the Indians.

Cincinnati's pitching depth has been praised all spring, and like most others in the National League Central, it's being put to the test early.

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:17 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 8:45 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/7: Encouraging outings

By Matt Snyder

As we all know -- yet can't emphasize enough -- spring training performances at this point aren't indicative of what we're likely to see during the regular season. That being said, you can pick and choose based upon circumstances which players did something relatively significant, and three starting pitchers in particular took the hill Monday and likely made their respective teams feel pretty happy.

3 UP

1. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies. The Rockies' ace had his start pushed back a few days due to an infection in his thumb, but he took the hill Monday and showed he was just fine. He worked three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. It's safe to say there's no reason to worry about him at all the rest of the spring -- assuming he doesn't suffer a different injury.

2. John Lackey, Red Sox. He was a major bust last season, putting up his worst ERA since 2004 and the worst WHIP of his career. Last week, Lackey said he was "tired" of talking about last season. The best way to quiet the critics is to come out and have a good 2011. He's building himself a nice foundation in the spring. He threw four shutout innings Monday, allowing just one hit and no walks.

3. A.J. Burnett, Yankees. After an incredibly disappointing 2010 season, Burnett seems on track to put the negative behind him. He threw three perfect innings Monday, keeping his spring ERA at 0.00. A big season from Burnett would be paramount to the Yankees' success this season.

3 DOWN

1. Mike Leake and Homer Bailey, Reds. The defending NL Central champs have a pretty strong group of guys vying for the last two rotation spots, and neither of the two listed here did much for himself Monday. Bailey started and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. On the plus side, he did strikeout three while walking none. Leake went three innings, but coughed up nine hits and four earned runs. Travis Wood is the third starter in the mix, and he looked good last time out.

2. Blake DeWitt, Cubs. The second baseman was hitless in three at-bats. Normally that wouldn't be too awful, but his team pounded out 18 hits and 14 runs. He's now just 3 for 18 this spring. To rub salt in the wound, his replacement -- Scott Moore -- hit a grand slam in his first at-bat after taking over for DeWitt.

3. Luis Castillo, Mets. The veteran is in a four-way battle for the job of starting second baseman. After going hitless in three at-bats, he's now 2 for 13 this spring (.154). This coming after new manager Terry Collins has made it known he wants some offense from second. Needless to say, things aren't looking great right now for Castillo.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Reds set first-round rotation

Travis Wood Yesterday Dusty Baker announced Edinson Volquez would start Game 1 of the Reds' NLDS. On Sunday, he filled out the rest of the rotation -- Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto.

The names -- beyond Volquez -- weren't unexpected. Arroyo is 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA, while Cueto is 12-7 with a  3.64. The bigger surprise may have been that even if the Reds face the left-handed heavy Philadelphia Phillies in the first round, lefty Travis Wood (pictured) won't be used as a starter.

Wood had a perfect game into the ninth inning in his only start against the Phillies on July 10, a game the Reds ultimately lost. That was the rookie's third-ever start and came at Citizen's Bank Park.

"That was the first time they saw him, too. Not to take anything away from him," Baker told reporters (via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon ). "They didn't have [Chase] Utley. They didn't have [Placido] Polanco. They didn't have [Carlos] Ruiz. And they were scoring runs at the time. He's a gutsy kid, but he and Homer [Bailey] are probably the least experienced, too. If we can get him a game, he'd be more prepared to start the next time if there is a next time."

The Reds are going with 11 pitchers, with starters Wood and Bailey in the bullpen.

Baker said he wanted to break up the two hard throwers with Arroyo.

Cueto would get the Game 3 start at great American Ball Park, and Baker cited Cueto's 3.20 ERA at home and 4.10 ERA on the road as a deciding factor in that choice.

Baker said his rotation would be the same, regardless of which team the Reds face. They could face either the Phillies, Giants or Padres -- whoever the Reds get, they'll do it on the road.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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