World Baseball Classic will make it harder for Reds to evaluate Dilson Herrera

Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 16:56:07-05

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- This is a year for the World Baseball Classic. Dilson Herrera is among the Reds scheduled to participate, as he'll play for Colombia.

That’s probably not in his best interest when it comes to making the Reds' roster.

“We know Dilson in the sense that we saw him play for the Mets in brief stints, and we saw him in brief stints in Triple-A,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “But he had the shoulder injury that limited his ability to play at full-go from an offensive and defensive standpoint.

"There’s an opportunity here, probably as much opportunity as he’s had in his professional career. I’m sure he’d like to come in and do well and do well in front of our team. If he’s doing well for his WBC team, that’s great, but it’s going to be hard for us to really evaluate him from television.”

Herrera’s shoulder is OK now.

WBC makes spring training longer, but the Reds won’t increase players' workloads.

“I don’t need the pitchers to make eight starts instead of their usual six,” Price said. “They don’t need to pitch 35 innings instead of their usual 25. We’ve got to keep our eye on those things.”