Saturday, August 16, 2003

Reds notebook: Davis suspended by Reds

Legal trouble too much for ballclub

By Kevin Kelly and John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer


Photos of Friday's game
Triple-A Louisville pitcher Lance Davis has been suspended by the Reds because of an ongoing legal problem in Florida.

The 26-year-old was arrested and jailed Tuesday in Polk County, Fla., for failing to appear at a June 9 hearing for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge involving his wife.

But at a hearing Friday, Polk County Judge Mary Catherine Green agreed to let Davis leave Florida and return to Louisville with conditions.

According to today's editions of The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., Davis must check in with the court twice a week and reappear Oct. 27.

A spokeswoman at the Polk County Jail said early Friday evening that Davis was still being held on $5,000 bond.

Davis, who pitched in 20 games for the Reds in 2001, is 6-9 with a 4.73 ERA in 22 games with Triple-A Louisville this season.

"As soon as he reports back to us with any further information, I'll relay it on," said Tim Naehring, Reds director of player development. "That's all I have."

According to The Ledger, Davis was first arrested Feb. 8 on charges that he slapped and choked his wife, Stacey. He later was released pending the June 9 hearing.

His lawyer, Ted Weeks III, contended Friday that Davis never received notice of the hearing. Weeks said he expects the charge to be dropped when Davis appears in October.

LARKIN STAYING: Barry Larkin isn't going on the disabled list. In fact, if all goes as expected, he'll be back in the lineup when the Reds open a three-game series in Arizona Tuesday.

Larkin has missed three straight games with scar tissue irritation around the hernia he had repaired two years ago.

"He's feeling a lot better," trainer Mark Mann said. "There's been a tremendous difference over the last two days."

Dr. Tim Kremchek examined Larkin Friday, and Larkin will be examined again Sunday.

"The disabled list isn't in the picture now," Mann said.

LONG AWAITED: Seth Etherton will make his Reds debut today.

Etherton was acquired in trade from the Anaheim Angels in December 2000.

He missed all of 2001 with a shoulder injury and spent most of last year rehabilitating that injury, pitching in only eight games.

He was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees at one point, but the deal was voided because Etherton was not healthy enough to pitch.

He was in the running for the fifth starting spot this year but missed out.

Etherton, a 26-year-old right-hander, was 7-7 with a 4.31 ERA at Triple-A Louisville.

"I've seen him pitch some real good games down there," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "He's a guy who has to hit his spots and use the changeup and curveball."

Etherton was 5-1 in 11 starts with Anaheim in 2000.

Catcher Corky Miller will be optioned to Louisville today to make room for Etherton.

FARM REPORT: The Reds signed former major-leaguer Michael Coleman and assigned him to Louisville.

Coleman was hitting .320 with 23 homers and 68 RBI for Newark in the independent Atlantic League.

The Reds traded Coleman and Drew Henson to the Yankees for Wily Mo Pena in 2001.

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