Thursday, May 17, 2001
Reds keep door revolving
By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer
It's not your imagination. The Reds' roster truly has been unstable.
Brian Reith, Wednesday's starting pitcher, became the 34th player toappear for the Reds this year. Cincinnati had been tied with Anaheim, Colorado and San Diego at 33 apiece. The Reds already have made 30 roster moves since Opening Day.
Cincinnati's total doesn't count right-hander Matt Skrmetta, who was on the big club April 27-29 but didn't pitch. It does count left-hander Justin Atchley, who appeared in two games before his contract was voided due to a front-office snafu.
Factors that have kept the revolving door spinning include injuries (six Reds are on the disabled list) and personnel priorities (manager Bob Boone wanted 11 or 12 pitchers at different times).
ETC.: Deeming the gargoyle perched on a shelf in Griffey's locker to be offensive, Deion Sanders good-naturedly but pointedly carried the figure to a back room in the Reds' clubhouse. Griffey then reminded Sanders gargoyles aren't evil, just ugly. God loves ugly, too, Griffey said. Yes, he does, Sanders admitted. But the gargoyle stayed out of sight.
Though Sanders was 8-for-24 (.333) with a home run in his career against Arizona starter Curt Schilling better than any other Red Boone left him on the bench for the fifth consecutive game.
UP NEXT: Rob Bell (0-3), who has made quality starts (lasting at least six innings while allowing three runs or less) in both of his outings since being recalled from Louisville, will pitch today's series finale against Brian Anderson (0-3).
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