Spring Training Notebook 2-21-09
TODAY’S NEWS: The Reds have agreed to terms on 1-year contracts with OF Jay Bruce, RHP Jared Burton, RHP Carlos Fisher, 3B Juan Francisco, LHP Daniel Ray Herrera, RHP Sam LeCure, LHP Matt Maloney, RHP Robert Manuel, RHP Josh Roenicke, IF Adam Rosales and C Craig Tatum…15 players remain unsigned.
OPENING DAY TICKETS: Went on sale today only at reds.com as part of the Power Pack promotion…the 10-game package also includes tickets to all 3 games of the Indians series over Memorial Day weekend, the 3-game weekend series against the Cubs series in June and weekend games against the Brewers (Sat, 7/18), Dodgers (Sun, 8/30) and Pirates (Sat, 10/3)…prices start at $115.
SPORTS CLINIC: About 80 kids, along with their parents, enjoyed today’s free Reds clinic at Ed Smith Stadium…the annual event was sponsored by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the local YMCA and Patrick’s restaurant…participants included pitchers Micah Owings and RHP Jordan Smith, catchers Chris Denove and Chris Kroski, infielders Adam Rosales and Chris Valaika, outfielders Jeff Keppinger and Drew Stubbs and International League Manager of the Year Rick Sweet.
ROTATION: RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Homer Bailey are scheduled to pitch in Wed’s exhibition opener vs the Rays at Port Charlotte…RHP Micah Owings will start Thu’s home opener vs the Twins…the upcoming rotation also includes RHP Bronson Arroyo on Fri vs Phi, RHP Nick Masset on 2/28 at Bos, RHP Aaron Harang on 3/1 vs NYY and Bailey again on 3/2 at Pit.