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Larry Brown Sports:
For over a year, Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had hardly any idea of where his mother, Estella Milanes, and 11 of his family members were or where they might end up. Cespedes defected from Cuba to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2011 to pursue a career in professional baseball. The 26-year-old has succeeded, but prior to this week he had done so at the expense of having to be separated from his family. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Milanes had been struggling to emigrate from Cuba to the United States to join her son. After a long stay in the Dominican Republic, she and her family members were detained as illegal immigrants and held in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They finally made it to Miami over the weekend, where Cespedes paid them a surprise visit. “No one knew I was coming,” Cespedes said Tuesday through translator Ariel Prieto. “Everyone was sleeping, so I turned on all of the radios, all of the TVs. Nobody woke up, so I went upstairs and started knockin...
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The Reds made their first real cuts of the spring yesterday. Here is how it broke down:
Optioned to Louisville: Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino
Optioned to Pensacola: Kyle Lotzkar and Josh Ravin
Optioned to Bakersfield: Carlos Contreras and Yorman Rodriguez
Optioned to Dayton: Ismael Guillon
Reassigned to minor league camp: Nick Christiani, Chad Rogers, Nevin Ashley, Kristopher...
The Reds had an off-day yesterday, but the battle for the fifth rotation spot never sleeps, so they played a split squad game with Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake going head-to-head.
This video appeared on Cincinnati.com, along with a nice little insider-style tidbit.
The Reds host the Dodgers tonight at 10:05 p.m. Mat Latos will be starting for the Reds.
Catcher - Tucker Barnhart
Barnhart will likely return to Pensacola for a second go of things after struggling in his initial time with the Blue Wahoos. The 22-year-old hit just .200/.262/.292 in 41 games last year at the Double-A level. He really struggled offensively, but he was very strong on the defensive side of things where he is among the best in all of the minors....
Dusty Baker made his first round of roster cuts Tuesday. There were 12 in all and none of the players came as a real surprise.
Here is the list of the players who were cut:
RHP Nick Christiani
RHP Chad Rogers
C Nevin Ashley
OF Kris Negron
OF Ryan LaMarre
LHP Ismael Guillon
OF Yorman Rodriguez
RHP Carlos Contreras
RHP Josh Ravin
RHP Kyle Lotzkar
Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman is destined to remain a closer, at least in the opinion of one rival scout who saw him start a minor-league game on Monday.
“I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain all over again.
“His velocity dropped off in the second inning...
The Redlegs (5-12) had their three-game winning streak snapped by the San Francisco Giants (7-8) on Wednesday. Cincinnati fell, 9-5, to the reigning World Series champs in Goodyear.
Bronson Arroyo started and limited the Giants to one earned run over four innings. On the contrary, Pedro Villarreal surrendered seven hits and six runs in relief. Villarreal managed to record just...
Billy Hamilton is dealing with a hamstring issue and is currently unable to play. It doesn’t sound too serious, but for a guy who relies on his legs for his game, it is worth noting and following. Hopefully it isn’t anything that lingers throughout the spring as it could really hold him back at the start of the year.
The Reds lost yesterday to the Giants 9-5. Here are the minor...
Fernando Rodriguez reportedly has a torn UCL—ulnar collateral ligament if you’re keeping score at home—in his right elbow and will likely need season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The A’s reliever is apparently seeking a second opinion before going through with surgery, but the writing is pretty much on the wall. The right-hander came out of a game on Monday after throwing...
The season of right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez is over before it began. The 28-year-old old will need Tommy John surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow.
Rodriguez will miss the entire 2013 season.
Oakland acquired Rodriguez from Houston along with Jed Lowrie. Chris Carter went to Houston in the deal.
Rodriguez’s fastball could reach 95-mph but he lasted just one...
This one is bound to further endear me to my friends in Cincinnati.
One of our favorite baseball sites, Hardball Talk, found a TV commercial for a Cincinnati Furniture store that featured acting only slightly more wooden then the actual furniture.
They feature Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose and his wife trying to act interested...
The injury bug has bit the Oakland A's spring camp. We have news on Fernando Rodriguez, as well as notes on a minor leaguer who has retired, and more.
There are a lot of things on tap for today that are worth talking about, so let’s jump right in.
SABR held their Analytical Conference last week and have started adding podcasts from the different forums/discussions/presentations. While I have probably listened to 6 hours worth of presentations, the one that I want to point you guys to is the Player Development Panel. It is just...
Barry Zito allowed a run while pitching 3 1-3 innings and Bronson Arroyo gave up one earned run in four in the San Francisco Giants' 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL playoff series.
Jared Burton has resurrected his career with MIN
Once a Red, always a Red. Isn't that how the saying goes?
Although none of these players are currently in the Reds organization, they were at one time, and if you're anything like me, you're probably curious to know how they're doing.
With that being said, here is a spring update on some of the notable ex...
One year ago multiple players stepped up with surprising performances to help the Reds win 97 games. One disappointment was rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco. He’s still figures prominently into the Reds future plans and the way he’s hitting in spring training gives reason to think that he’s ready to leave his 2012 campaign in the rear view mirror.