Thursday, March 13, 2003

Reds Notebook

Wilson's debut delayed

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SARASOTA, Fla. - Paul Wilson's spring training debut is on hold for one more day.

The Reds decided to move the pitcher's first outing from today to Friday against the Red Sox as a precaution for a tight hamstring, pitching coach Don Gullett said.

The right-hander, who was 6-12 with a 4.83 ERA with the Devil Rays last season, initially was delayed when he suffered a strained ribcage muscle during an intrasquad game Feb. 26.

"The sooner I get out there," Wilson said, "the sooner I can start building my pitches up and start getting game-ready."

GONE AND BACK: Outfielder Jose Guillen signed a minor-league contract Wednesday but only after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville, electing free agency and clearing waivers.

The Reds re-signed him and Guillen will remain in major-league camp.

The shuffling gives the Reds some added flexibility because it frees a spot on the 40-man roster.

RIJO RETURNS: Less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery in Birmingham, Ala., to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, Jose Rijo was back in the clubhouse with a bandage on his arm and the bone stored in a plastic container.

The veteran is expected to miss four weeks but said he may begin throwing in 10 to 14 days.

"I've got to see what they want me to do and how much progress I make," Rijo said. "I don't have any pain at all, and that's good."

GETTING CLOSE: Closer Scott Williamson threw in the bullpen Wednesday and reported no significant pain in his right middle finger.

Williamson injured the finger after attempting to barehand a comebacker March 1.

"I've still got a little soreness in there, but nothing big," he said. "Throwing-wise I feel fine. We're going to see if it swells up (today) and if it doesn't, then I'm ready to go."

LAUDING LARUE: Catcher Jason LaRue continues to gain support from manager Bob Boone.

Boone credited LaRue on Wednesday for his pitch-calling.

"When I'm calling every pitch with Gullett, it's like (LaRue's) listening to me," Boone said. "It's like, `Oh, that's perfect.' "

NUMBERS GAME: More than 60 members of the Japanese media, who are following the progression of Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui, attended Wednesday's game.

Sarasota's Japanese population was listed at 25 in the 2000 census.

ODDS AND ENDS: Boone said the next round of cuts could come as early as Sunday. . . . Bench coach Ray Knight will manage the club today against the Orioles. . . . Representatives from Major League Baseball conducted a meeting regarding security with players prior to Wednesday's game. . . . Reliever Scott Sullivan is scheduled to throw in a minor-league game today.

Scores and game wrap-ups

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C-USA Tournament Glance
Marquette's Wade C-USA player of year

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West again A-10 player of year
Dayton finally gets to play

For Miami, first things first
Does UK need to lose?
UK sweeps SEC coaches' honors
Big East: St. John's trips Notre Dame
Wagner wins Northeast berth
Weber St. to represent Big Sky
Georgia players sue school

Bengals clearing path for Palmer
TE Kelly first addition to Bengals' offense
Playoffs Spikes' top priority in Buffalo
Blake steps into Arizona QB job
Luchey ready to start winning
NFL minorities organize
Raiders sign ex-49er Stubblefield
Officiating mistakes lead to dismissals

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Yankees 10, Reds 5
Schott hospitalized again
Piazza charges mound after plunking
Other spring training games
Spring Training Standings
Bonds' ball dispute settled
Baseball Notebook: Ex-Red may have cancer

Arnie and Jack stage final go-round

Roddick rides serve to second-round win

Today's basketball schedule
NCH girls carry city banner to state
6-8 Clemons leads Reading to final
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Middletown dumps boys basketball coach
Ky. Games: Holy Cross, Boone, Brossart advance

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