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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."Janish is playing third base and second base as well as short."At the start of camp, I talked to (Chris Speier) and Dusty Baker about it," Janish said. "Moving around the infield is fine with me. I'm in spot where I'd be willing to jump in the outfield. I'll do whatever I can to make the team."On the bench, versatility is at premium. That's something I'm OK with. I'm comfortable all over the infield."NOTES, QUOTES--RHP Nick Masset is over the shoulder soreness that sidelined him. "I'm 100 percent," he said. "After another bullpen or two, I'll be ready for a game."--RHP Ryan Madson continues to throw well and recover from a sore elbow. "It's pretty close to 100 percent right now," Madson said March 15. "I never had any problems like that before, I don't know what it was. Now we've gotten through it and it feels great. Just looking forward to getting in some games and getting my feet wet."--RHP Jordan Smith has been shut down for 10 days or so with a sore right elbow. Smith missed time last year with shoulder tendinitis.--LF Chris Heisey has struggled at the plate. He not hit in camp. Going into March 16, he was hitting .130 with 11 strikeouts in 23 at-bats. I'd be lying if I said I haven't been up there thinking most of the time," Heisey said. "Where are my hands, where is my stride going? I'm getting to the point where I can stop thinking while I'm hitting, and just go up there and trust my eyes."--INFOF Todd Frazier is putting up good numbers in camp. Going into March 16, he led the club in home runs (three), runs (eight) and total bases (19). "I know I've got to hit to play," he said.BY THE NUMBERS: 92 -- That's how many games the Reds won in 1978, the final year under Sparky Anderson. They only surpassed that total once since.QUOTE TO NOTE: "You always want to play better. It's not just spring training, it's guys trying to secure jobs on the team and guys trying to impress. It's not only giving up runs, we're striking out at an alarming rate. That's something that we definitely have to get better on that haunted us last year. It's not just old guys, it's young guys, everybody. We've got to pick up our game." -- Manager Dusty Baker during the Reds' five-game losing streak.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 DaytonDragons.com, 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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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]
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...
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
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 ESPN.com'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...
According to John Fay of the Cincinatti Enquirer, Ryan Madson will have Tommy John surgery. He says the "ligament was torn off the bone."