Sunday, March 11, 2001
Riedling looking like setup man
By Gary Schatz
SARASOTA, Fla. It took John Riedling late into his seventh season in the Cincinnati organization before the Reds summoned him, one day before his 25th birthday, Aug.28. It figures to be a one-way ticket.
After going 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA and five saves with Triple-A Louisville, Riedling was 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a save for the Reds last season.
Riedling is securing his spot as a setup reliever this spring, having shut out the opposition in three of his four appearances. He allowed a couple of doubles against the Boston Red Sox on Friday but was pleased with his performance.
I threw all right, Riedling said. I don't care if it's spring training or A ball. I'm a competitive person.
KNEE TEST: Aaron Boone tested his surgically repaired knee with his first stolen base of the spring in the third inning. The slide was not his best.
I slid hard on my bad knee, he said. You're supposed to slide on your butt. It's OK. It withstood my first bad slide.
The third baseman had practiced sliding on mats as part of his spring regimen. It wasn't a big deal to me, he said.
SHORT HOPS: Reds coach Bill Doran, behind the cage while Ken Griffey Jr. was taking batting practice: You can tell who's batting by the sound (of the ball off the bat). You don't even have to look.
When Boone, who batted fourth behind Griffey, kidded that Griffey had some good pitches to hit because of him, Griffey joked: When you have to whine about batting fourth, you know your daddy's the manager. He doesn't have to make long trips or anything. What we have here is Skipper and Gilligan.
The Reds optioned right-handeders Keith Glauber and Jim Brower and left-hander Ed Yarnall to Triple-A Louisville, and right-handers Leo Estrella and Brian Reith and outfielders Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns to Double-A Chattanooga. They reassigned right-handers Dustin Moseley, Matt Skrmetta, Chris Nichting and Mike Grace; catcher Tommy Davis, and outfielder Raul Gonzalez to minor-league camp.
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