Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Reds Notebook

Taking mound is next step for Harnisch

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CHICAGO - Throwing off a mound could be next for Pete Harnisch, who continued his recovery from a sore elbow Tuesday by lengthening the distance at which he played catch.

        Harnisch made 10 throws at 45 feet, 10 at 60 feet, 15 at 75 feet and 25 at 90 feet. Sunday, he threw 15 times at 45 and 60 feet and 25 at 75 feet. Both he and pitching coach Don Gullett said he could mix in a few minutes off the mound when he throws again Thursday. If that goes well, the right-hander could throw off the mound more extensively Saturday.

        “I don't think I'm really going to gauge this whole thing until I actually try to throw off the mound,” said Harnisch, who's eligible to come off the disabled list today but won't do so. “I'll just keep going forward as long as I've got no pain. I don't think I need more than a few times on the mound (before being able to pitch again).”

        ETC.: • More unsubstantiated trade rumors: The Reds allegedly offered Pokey Reese to Atlanta for Rookie of the Year shortstop Rafael Furcal and to Colorado for shortstop Neifi Perez. No news conference has been scheduled to announce either deal.

        • Left-hander Dennys Reyes, who was said to have returned to his home in Higuera de Zaragoza, Mexico, to have tightness in his left elbow checked and for personal reasons, hadn't rejoined the club by gametime Tuesday. Boone believed Reyes would be back today.

        UP NEXT: Rob Bell (0-2), whose most recent start, last Thursday, was limited to three innings by a rainstorm, will oppose former Red Jason Bere (3-2) today.


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