Thursday, February 27, 2003

5 Questions facing Reds



Here are five major questions the Reds have to answer based on the results of spring training games:

Larkin or Lopez? Reds manager Bob Boone hasn't backed off his statement that Felipe Lopez has a chance to be the starting shortstop, although he admits Barry

Larkin is a strong favorite to win the job.

Eleven or 12? The Reds must decide how many pitchers to carry. If they go with 12, it will cost a position player such as Ruben Mateo or Gookie Dawkins a job.

Who's the fifth starter? There are 12 candidates, 13 if Pete Harnisch is healthy. He looks as if he will be, so the Reds will try to sort things out quickly.

Is Larson ready? Brandon Larson has only 84 at-bats in the majors. But his job as third baseman is probably secure, unless he has an awful spring.

Where does Reitsma fit in? Chris Reitsma is a candidate for the fifth starter, but Boone loves him as a reliever.




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