Found March 23, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
What a difference a year makes for Paul Janish -- and not in a good way.Janish was the starting shortstop last spring. Edgar Renteria was brought in to back him up but the job was Janish's.Janish did lose the job. He was hitting .227 without a home run on July 7 when the Reds optioned him to Class AAA Louisville and brought up Zack Cozart. Cozart was deemed the shortstop of 2012 based in a very good 11-game stint before an injury ended his season.Janish finished with a .214 average and no home runs and 23 RBI in 336 at-bats.This spring, Janish is fighting for a spot on the roster."Obviously, it's a lot different," he said. "This year, I'm doing what I can to vie (for a) spot, doing what I can to make the team. Last year, it was pretty set in stone. I knew worst-case scenario I was going to be on the team as the utility guy."It's a little different set-up, having to make the team. I'm trying to stay healthy and let the card fall where they may....

Bailey's spring woes continue as Reds fall

Bailey's struggles lately are a cause for concern Goodyear, Arizona -- The Redlegs (9-12-1) partook in their final split-squad scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and consequently fell to the visiting Giants (12-8) by a tally of 6-4. Homer Bailey got the start for the club and labored through another sub-par outing. Here's the full recap of the good, the bad, and the notables...

Reds turn away Rangers behind strong start by Latos

Goodyear, Arizona -- The Redlegs (9-11-1) and the Rangers (5-14) burned the midnight oil, so to speak, on Thursday as the two tangled in a late night bout at Goodyear Ballpark. Backed by a strong outing from starter Mat Latos coupled with an onslaught of offense, Cincinnati came away with a convincing 6-2 victory. Here's a recap of the good, the bad, and the notables from the...

Friday news and notes

Here is how the Reds prospects performed in the game last night: Denis Phipps went 1-2 with a run and a steal. Zack Cozart went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run. Todd Frazier went 0-2. Devin Mesoraco went 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run. Chris Valaika went 0-1. Zack Cozart has been the hottest hitter in camp for the Reds over the last week or so, getting what seems like two hits every...

Joey Votto likes the Reds but would want a long deal

Per Jon Heyman at CBSSports Joey Votto wants his next deal to be a long one. A 5 year deal does not interest Votto who “It would be tough for a [top] position player to sign for five years. No matter how fond a person is of the city, players have to maximize the number of years,”Votto said.would look more in the 9 or 10 year range. (comparable to the deals that Prince Fielder...

Thursday news and notes

The Reds were off Wednesday, so there  is no game rundown for today. The Reds are not off again until the day before the regular season begins. Tom Nichols has up the most recent preview of the 2012 Dragons roster at, this time looking at third base. The favorite for the position is Junior Arias according to Nichols. Arias advanced to Billings of the Pioneer League...

Reds like chances of another NL Central title

Reds manager Dusty Baker sat back in his chair at the start of spring training in Arizona and considered that it's his final season under contract. Worried? No. How a manager does usually comes down to the depth of talent on his roster. And Baker likes what he has to work with this time around. ''It boils down to the more talent you have, the better your chances are...

Reds closer Madson scratched from appearance

Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson was scratched for a scheduled appearance Thursday.Madson had yet to appear in a game during spring training due to soreness in his pitching elbow. He appeared to be on the mend after facing four batters in a simulated game on Tuesday.“We’re sorting it out,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll let you know.”The Reds signed...

Cozart Stays Hot But Former Reds Show Potential as Padres Win 5-2

In a game that will surely have people discussing the Mat Latos trade once again, Edison Volquez pitched his best game of Spring Training and Yonder Alonso scored 2 runs as the Padres (13-9) beat the Reds (9-12) As we know, those were 2 of the 4 players sent in the trade to bring Latos to the Reds. However, it is important to remember that it is just ONE spring training game...

The Reds are Dusty

You know how you avoid bending over so that your underwear does not show? Writing about baseball can be like that. Topics are sometimes avoided because of fear you will look either biased or uninformed and neither is a comfortable place to be. In this particular space, posts about the Cincinnati Reds have been particularly avoided and it is not because the team is disliked. On the...

Ryan Madson punches Reds fans in the gut

The only proper response to a Cincinnati Reds fan upon hearing this news is of the four-letter variety. Yes, Ryan Madson, who has yet to appear in a Spring Training game due to a sore … [visit site to read more]

Ryan Madson will miss entire 2012 season

Reds closer Ryan Madson will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow which will require Tommy John surgery, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Madson signed a one-year $8.5mm deal with the Reds after his four-year $44mm deal with the Phillies fell through. Sean Marshall who was acquired from the Cubs this offseason, appears set to take over...

Reds 6, Rangers 2

The Cincinnati Reds gave up a lot to get Mat Latos, and manager Dusty Baker likes what he's seen from the right-hander this spring. Latos pitched five strong innings to lead the Reds to a 6-2 victory over a split-squad of Texas Rangers on Thursday night. He yielded a leadoff homer to Julio Borbon to start the game, then allowed just three more hits while striking out three and...

Some weekend notes and links

March Madness continues to roll on. Here's a little reading material to help get you caught up on the latest Reds-related happenings: * David Schoenfield of's SweetSpot blog breaks down what the team should do about their starting rotation in this piece from Thursday. * Ryan Madson continues to be sidelined with a sore right elbow. He was scheduled to...

Ryan Madson Will Have Tommy John Surgery

According to John Fay of the Cincinatti Enquirer, Ryan Madson will have Tommy John surgery. He says the "ligament was torn off the bone."

Reds Closer, Madson, to have Tommy John surgery

The newest toy the Reds received this off-season was closer Ryan Madson, however, now he will be out of service for the entire 2012 season. His elbow injury was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay. The former Phillies reliever signed to the Reds to a patented Scott Boras’ type one-year, show-me-what-you-got contracts at $8.5
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