Lorenzen impressive in bid for rotation spot

February 24, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As he tries to return to the rotation, following two-plus seasons as a reliever for the Reds, pitcher Michael Lorenzen was pleased with his first spring start. As the Reds took an 11-4 loss to the Rockies on Saturday, Lorenzen pitched two innings with one earned run, two hits, no walks and three strikeouts. View Full Game Coverage GOODYEAR, Ariz. — As he tries to return to…

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Reds sign veteran lefty Perez to Minors deal

February 24, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds signed veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a Minor League contract on Saturday and brought him into camp as a non-roster player. Perez, 36, will compete for a bullpen spot as a situational reliever. A veteran of 15 Major League seasons, initially as a starter, Perez had been with the Nationals the previous two years. In 2017, he posted a 4.64 ERA in 50 appearances…

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Romano happy with command in spring debut

February 23, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For the second spring in a row, Reds right-handed pitcher Sal Romano is trying for a spot in the big league rotation. Romano was pleased with the results following his two-inning start vs. the Indians on Friday. In the 6-4 Reds win, Romano allowed one earned run and two hits with no walks and one strikeout. Yonder Alonso led off the bottom of the second by slugging…

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Votto reports, issues 'winning' challenge to Reds

February 18, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — By his own accounting, Joey Votto purposely tried not to do too much with his offseason. The Reds first baseman embraced his down time. “I tried to get fatter,” Votto joked after completing his physical Sunday, when position players reported. “I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing, and I am fatter. I just wanted to take as much time away as I could and…

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Gennett rewarded in arbitration case

February 17, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett prevailed in his arbitration case and will earn $5.7 million in 2018. The Reds had proposed $5.1 million. “It’s nice to win in whatever you do,” Gennett said. “Win or lose, it’s still a good experience. I learned some stuff that I never would have learned if I hadn’t gone through the arbitration process. Even if I would have lost, I still…

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Hughes wants to use familiarity as advantage

February 17, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reliever Jared Hughes spent the entirety of a Major League career that began in 2011 pitching for teams in the National League Central. While with the Pirates and the Brewers, and having his teams facing Cincinnati 18-19 times season, Hughes developed his own scouting reports on Reds hitters. Now that he’s with the Reds, following the signing of his two-year, $4.5 million contract in December, Hughes has…

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Herrera: Lingering shoulder issues are over

February 16, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For most of his brief tenure in the Reds’ organization, second baseman Dilson Herrera has been plagued by a sore right shoulder. Herrera felt that those issues were finally behind him. “Everything is good,” Herrera said Friday. “I am feeling really better, much better than last year. I’m ready to work.” GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For most of his brief tenure in the Reds’ organization, second baseman Dilson…

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Reds ink Pennington to Minor League deal

February 15, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Reds signed veteran infielder Cliff Pennington to a Minor League contract on Thursday. Pennington would earn $1.5 million this season if he made the club out of camp. With the Angels since 2016, Pennington batted .253/.306/.330 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 87 games last season. He has also played for the A’s, D-backs and Blue Jays and is a career .243/.310/.341 hitter. GOODYEAR,…

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Now a backup, Mesoraco has a lot to prove

February 15, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco understands that in the competitive world of Major League Baseball, time waits for no player, especially for three years. From 2015-17, injuries limited Mesoraco to 95 games and 57 starts behind the plate. Last season, Tucker Barnhart emerged as the National League Gold Glove Award winner at catcher while having the best offensive season of his career. He also got a new four-year…

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