As the Reds prepare for a taste of the west, here’s a few things to think about and/or keep in mind.
1. Aaron Harang had a rehab outing last evening with the Louisville Bats. Didn’t go too good. Less than stellar really. His line: 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5K. Pair that with the outing Homer Bailey had yesterday plus Bailey’s success toward the end of his rehab and things aren’t looking s good fr the guy that was once known as the #1.
2. According to John Fay of Cincinnati Reds Blog, the Reds are confident that their first round pick, Yasmani Grandal will come to an agreement before tonight’s midnight deadline. Grandal has already passed a physical. The sticking point may prove to be if Grandal will be given a major league deal guaranteeing him a spot on the 40-man roster. The 40-man is a crowded situation at the moment.
3. For those that don’t follow BRM on Twitter, I tweeted that there was an excellent article on EagleTribune.com about Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan. It is worthy of reading. I’ll stay on the catching front for another second. The Reds catching “monster” has been impressive this season. Hanigan, Ramon Hernandez and Corky Miller (Don’t forget Corky) have combined to be #1 in the NL in batting average (.290) and RBI (69).
4. For those expecting Travis Freakin’ Wood to be recalled, we might have to wait. According to ESPN.com, the Reds pitching probables do NOT include Wood. The rotation is slated as Bronson Arroyo, Edinson Volquez, Mike Leake, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto. Of course, this could change. It was thought that Wood would be brought back to the big club once the Reds made their way to Arizona. As I noted yesterday, Bailey’s outing may force GM Walt Jocketty and skipper Dusty Baker to re-think things concerning the starting rotation.
5. Shortstop Orlando Cabrera could re-join the guys on Wednesday. He served as a ballboy during yesterday’s game. His bat will be needed. Paul Janish always brings the glove, but he has lost 25 points off his batting average (.300 to .275) since the final game of the Pittsburgh series where Janish went 3-for-3 with a homer and 4 RBI. He’s gone 7-for-32 for a .219 batting average in that timespan.
6. Here’s the matchups for the D-backs series (subject to change):
Tues. 8/17, Arroyo (12-7, 3.94 ERA) v. Hudson (4-1, 1.59 ERA) 9:40 PM ET
Wed. 8/18, Volquez (3-1, 4.25 ERA) v. Lopez (5-11, 4.93 ERA) 9:40 PM ET
Thurs. 8/19, Leake (8-4, 3.78 ERA) v Saunders (7-12, 4.48 ERA) 10:10 PM ET
Topics: Aaron Harang, Baseball, Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds, Dusty Baker, Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Louisville Bats, Mike Leake, Orlando Cabrera, Paul Janish, Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan, Travis Wood, Walt Jocketty, Yasmani Grandal