Spring Training

 

Decisions to be made

Chapman has surgery

Here's the statement from the Reds concerning Aroldis Chapman's surgery

 

 

LHP Aroldis Chapman this evening had surgery to insert a titanium plate to stabilize the fracture site.
 
Reds team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman can begin working out and throwing in 10-14 days and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.
 
The two-and-a-half-hour surgery was performed by cranial facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ed Joganic at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in downtown Phoenix. Chapman is expected to remain in the hospital for a day or so.
 
In the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game vs the Royals in Surprise, Chapman was hit by a Salvador Perez line drive and suffered fractures of his eye and nose and a mild concussion.
 

 

Manny Parra is a lock to make the Reds bullpen, but who else will make it and who will close? 

 

The Reds Bullpen

Now that we know Aroldis Chapman is out at least 6-8 weeks, it'll be interesting to see what the Reds bullpen will look like Opening Day.  Remember that Sean Marshall hasn't pitched in a game yet and won't be with this team when they break camp. Jonathon Broxton, who by the way is an experienced closer has only pitched in one game so far but he'll probably be ready.  If you assume the Reds will have a bullpen made up of 7 pitchers and if you assume Alfredo Simon will start the year in the starting  rotation, then the Bullpen will probably look like this..

Locks:                 Broxton, JJ Hoover, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure,

Probably:              Logan Ondrusek

On the bubble:      Nick Christiani, Pedro Beato, Trevor Bell

Outside looking in: Jumbo Diaz

     

Sam LeCure will once again be a vital part of the 2014 Reds bullpen.

 

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 Dat Dude takes infield practice

 

    

           Brandon Phillips and new bench coach Jay Bell discuss things around second base Thursday.

 Double Duty

Bryan Price might be the manager of the Reds but because he's a lefty he is pressed into service often to throw batting practice.

 

 

 

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