GOODYEAR, Ariz. - It was just another routine day at Spring Training, but for those who like to watch the progression of training camp, it had special meaning.
The Reds had most of their top arms on display for the first time this spring. Johnny Cueto was out throwing in public, for the first time since an oblique problem forced him out of the playoffs. He was loose and fast. He spun and twisted like Luis Tiant again.
Homer Bailey, a few pounds heavier and a few million dollars richer also threw. As did Sean Marshall, who looks like he can roll out of bed and break off a nasty slider.
Aroldis Chapman spent several minutes throwing to hitters. During the time I watched, nobody hit a ball in fair territory. A couple of young players seemed intimidated. They don't see that kind of heat in the minor leagues.
We also saw Chapman spending some time after practice with representatives of Louisville Slugger, who were in camp to peddle their bats. Chapman hasn't needed a bat in the past because he was a closer. He has no plate appearances in his major league career. But if plans proceed for him to be a starter, he'll need a bat, and some batting practice as well.
(You can see my report on batting practice by clicking the attached video)
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Aroldis Chapman got closer to returning to the Reds Wednesday when he pitched batting practice and manager Bryan Price pronounced him in…
Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the…
As baseball fans celebrated the 100 th birthday of Wrigley Field, three Reds greats must have been smiling.
With the summer heat coming, many baseball fans will be reaching for their favorite brew to keep cool. However, Cincinnati Reds fans may be…
Johnny Cueto tossed his second 3-hitter against Pittsburgh in a week and became the first Red to toss consecutive complete games since 2012.
Seeing Ike Davis hit a grand slam against the Reds Monday night was like deja vu all over again.
The highs, the lows, the "what the hecks?!" of being a Reds fan so far during the 2014 season.
Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and…
Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of…
Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17…