Monday, March 19, 2001

Reds Notebook


Boone keeps Reyes working OT

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MYERS, Fla. — Though Dennys Reyes' role is clearly in relief, his workload may continue to resemble a starter's.

        Boone intends to maintain his spring pattern of using Reyes in multiple-inning stints as much as possible to prepare him for the regular season, though the left-hander has no chance of joining the starting rotation.

        “For him to get the consistency he has to have, the more you can pitch him, the better he's going to be once we get into the season,” Boone said. “I'm going to try to get him the innings (he needs) all the way out.”

        Boone reiterated, “We have to get more out of Dennys Reyes' spot than we did last year.”

        IN RHYTHM?: A look at the Reds' pitching plans suggests that the season-opening starting rotation will consist, in order, of Pete Harnisch; Osvaldo Fernandez; Scott Williamson, Chris Reitsma or Jared Fernandez; Rob Bell and Elmer Dessens.

        That's the sequence in which they're scheduled to pitch — beginning with Harnisch's six-inning effort in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins — with the exception of William son, Reitsma and Jared Fernandez. Williamson and Reitsma will pitch in minor-league exhibitions Tuesday.

        But Boone said rookies such as Reitsma, Jared Fernandez or left-handed reliever Justin Atchley could crack the staff. Evaluations, Boone said, will intensify after this time through the pitching rotation.

        “The thing is, so much (depends on) track record, too,” Boone said. “You can get really tricked in spring training.”

        ETHERTON CHECKUP: Right-hander Seth Etherton, whose shoulder is still ailing, was scheduled to return to Cincinnati to be examined by team physician Dr. Tim Kremchek today. The Reds medical staff will decide how to treat Etherton, who has worked only 1 2/3 innings in two spring appearances, after the exam.

        The exam is another sign that Etherton, who began spring training as a solid candidate for the starting rotation, won't be ready to start the season.

        “He's just not progressing,” Kremchek said of Etherton, who has spent much more time exercising instead of throwing since weakness was found in his shoulder during physical exams at the start of training camp. “He has pain. We're going to try to treat him very aggressively.”

        OFF TO O.F.: Wilton Guerrero has made frequent starts in left field because Boone thinks “he's an outfielder first and an infielder second.” Guerrego also has played second base, third base and shortstop this spring.

        What this means for Guerrero's immediate future is uncertain. It does indicate that Juan Castro and Donnie Sadler rank ahead of him on the pecking order of backup infielders.

        If Boone keeps all three of them on the Opening Day roster, he'll have to begin the season with either no left-handed hitter off the bench (that is, without D.T. Cromer or Hal Morris) or with just four outfielders (goodbye, Michael Coleman).

        Boone also wants to determine whether Guerrero is fast enough to use as a pinch runner.

        “I'm trying to get him in the running game,” said Boone, noting that Guerrero has been consistently timed in an impressive 4.04 seconds from the batter's box to first base.

        ETC.: Kremchek will examine shortstop Barry Larkin's strained right groin on Wednesday.

        • Sadler is day-to-day after he hyperextended his left knee while crossing first base in the seventh inning.


CINCINNATI      AB  R  H BI  MINNESOTA       AB  R  H BI
 W GUERRERO LF    3  0  1  0  CANIZARO 2B      3  0  0  0
 DAWKINS SS       1  0  1  0  PIERZYNSKI C     3  0  0  0
 MALLOY 2B        1  0  0  0  MOELLER C        1  1  1  0
 M TUCKER CF      3  0  0  0  KIELTY CF        4  3  3  0
 COLEMAN RF       1  0  0  0  KOSKIE 3B        3  1  1  0
 OCHOA RF         3  0  0  0  MAXWELL 3B       0  0  0  0
 D SANDERS CF     0  0  0  0  D ORTIZ DH       2  1  1  1
 D YOUNG DH       4  0  0  0  BUCHANAN RF      4  1  2  5
 MORRIS 1B        3  0  0  0  MIENTKIEWICZ 1B  3  0  0  1
 DT CROMER 1B     1  0  0  0  D HOCKING 1B     1  0  0  0
 A BOONE 3B       3  0  2  0  C ALLEN LF       4  0  0  0
 BR LARSON 3B     1  1  1  0  ED DIAZ SS       3  0  0  0
 REESE 2B         3  0  1  0  M REDMAN P       0  0  0  0
 J CASTRO 2B      1  0  0  0  ROMERO P         0  0  0  0
 J LARUE C        3  1  1  0  CRESSEND P       0  0  0  0
 SEXTON CF        0  0  0  1
 SADLER SS        3  0  1  1
 SPEHR SS         0  0  0  0
 P HARNISCH P     0  0  0  0
 GRAVES P         0  0  0  0
 RIEDLING P       0  0  0  0
 TOTALS          34  2  8  2  TOTALS          31  7  8  7
 CINCINNATI              001 000 001-- 2
 MINNESOTA               010 101 04x-- 7
 E--REESE, ED DIAZ. LOB--CINCINNATI 8, MINNESOTA 4. 2B--BR 
 LARSON, J LARUE, KIELTY. HR--BUCHANAN (OFF RIEDLING). 
 SB--KOSKIE. CS--W GUERRERO. S--MAXWELL. SF--SEXTON, D 
 ORTIZ.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  CINCINNATI
 P HARNISCH (L)                    6   5   3   2   1   2   0
 GRAVES                            1   0   0   0   0   1   0
 RIEDLING                          1   3   4   4   1   1   1
  MINNESOTA
 M REDMAN (W)                      5   4   1   1   0   2   0
 ROMERO                            3   3   0   0   1   4   0
 CRESSEND                          1   1   1   1   1   0   0
 SO--CIN: M TUCKER 2, COLEMAN, DT CROMER, J LARUE, SADLER. 
 MIN: KIELTY, BUCHANAN, C ALLEN, ED DIAZ.
 BB--CIN: D SANDERS, SPEHR. MIN: CANIZARO, D ORTIZ.
 T--2:21. A--6,410.
 


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