Monday, March 18, 2002

Tough roster decisions ahead

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SARASOTA, Fla. — The Reds have some tough roster decisions coming up. Joey Hamilton, Jose Rijo and Jimmy Haynes are not on the 40-man roster. If they make the team, they would have to be added to the roster.

        The Reds currently have 39 players on the 40-man. Spots are tight because minor leaguers David Espinosa, Jackson Melian and Dane Sardinha are under major-league contracts.

        Bowden would not comment on how the Reds will get the roster to where it has to be.

        Hamilton would seem like a lock to make the club — possibly as the Opening Day starter — and Rijo has pitched as well as anyone the last two weeks.

        But Bowden isn't ready to declare any of them on the team.

        “They'll make it when we announce they've made it,” Bowden said. “But, obviously, Joey, Jose and Jimmy have all pitched extremely well. All have pitched well enough to make the team whether we can make it work with roster ... we'll wait and see.”

        ST. PADDY'S DAY: The Reds wore green hats with shamrocks under the "C' logo in honor of St. Patrick's Day on Sunday.

        CUTS: The Reds cut Ricardo Aramboles and Craig Dingman Sunday, trimming the roster to roster to 37 players, 21 position players and 16 pitchers.

        Aramboles was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga. Dingman was re-assigned to Triple-A Louisville.

        PASSES TEST: Riedling threw breaking balls off the mound for the first time since his shoulder surgery in August.

        “It was good, great,” Riedling said. “I was able to throw everything. I didn't have any problems.”

        Riedling will do another bullpen session Tuesday. He is getting close to being able to pitch in a game.

        “I feel like I'm 100 percent,” he said. “I haven't had any soreness at all.”

        REITSMA'S LINE: Chris Reitsma threw four innings against Pittsburgh's Triple-A team. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out four.

        CARDENAL AWAY: First base coach Jose Cardenal has missed the last two games. Cardenal went home to Chicago essentially to get more clothes. Cardenal came to spring training as a scout. He was named first base coach when Ken Griffey Sr. quit.

        “He had some things to take care of,” Boone said. “I gave him a few days off.”

        Bullpen catcher Mark Berry has coached first.


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