Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Reds Notebook

Wohlers wows Boone

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SARASOTA, Fla. — Though numerous pitchers have impressed new manager Bob Boone so far, he singled out reliever Mark Wohlers.

        “I'm tickled to death with Wohlers,” Boone said. “He has shown me more command now than he had in his heyday.”

        Boone said an efficient Wohlers would enhance the bullpen's depth, preventing Scott Sullivan from having to throw too many innings and providing support for rookie John Riedling.

        LIKE CLOCKWORK: If today's first full-squad workout matches the smoothness of the early practices, the Reds will be a model of efficiency.

        Pitchers and catchers have finished on schedule since starting workouts last Thursday.

        “The pitchers have told me how well the camp is being run,” Young said. “Which brings up that old saying, "Quality, not quantity.' I'm sure our workouts are going to be the same way.”

        NOT FORGOTTEN: Though Dave Collins has joined the Colorado Rockies' staff, Young plans to continue refining his outfield technique with the “Colly drills” that he learned from the former Reds coach.

        “Those helped me a lot,” said Young, who has committed four outfield errors in each of the last two seasons after being charged with 10 in 1998.

        ETC.: Right-hander Scott Williamson did some extra throwing as bullpen coach Tom Hume helped him keep his weight back on his pitching motion.

        “I've been pushing forward,” Williamson said. “It happens because I haven't thrown regularly for a while. It's something I'd like to fix as soon as possible and then move on. If you're floating toward home plate, it's going to affect all your pitches.”

        • Right-hander Osvaldo Fernandez's salary arbitration case, originally scheduled for Monday, was moved to today. He's seeking a one-year, $1.2 million deal while the Reds have countered with $600,000.

        • Team physician Dr. Tim Kremchek was pleased with the overall condition of the position players who took their physical examinations Monday. Young and first baseman Sean Casey are among the Reds who have shed fat while adding muscle.

        • Kremchek cleared Larry Luebbers, who has been bothered by a sore tendon in the wrist of his right (throwing) arm, to begin working on the side Wednesday.


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