Relief pitcher is title Smith wears proudly
Converted starter hasn't allowed a run since All-Star break
MILWAUKEE -- The 1 1/3 scoreless innings pitched by Reds rookie reliever Jordan Smith in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Brewers gave him seven scoreless innings in six post-All Star break appearances.Overall, Smith has a respectable 2.70 ERA in 16 games since his promotion from Double-A Carolina. That has made it easy to forget that he didn't become a reliever until Spring Training this year. "It was just a little bit of an adjustment the first part of the season in the Minor Leagues," Smith said before Wednesday's game. "But since I've been here, I've been real aggressive and doing what I was doing the latter part of my time in the Minors and carried it to the big leagues. I feel like I belong here." A starting pitcher his entire career before this season, Smith has really taken a shine to being a reliever. "Every day you show up at the park, you feel like you can get into the game tonight," said Smith, who also pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday. "I'm a guy that likes action. I don't like to sit back and watch. I like the relief role. It's been fun."
All's quiet for Reds as Deadline nears
MILWAUKEE -- For those listening for Trade Deadline buzz around the Reds, all they're hearing is crickets.There hasn't been much going on lately, and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed as much Wednesday morning. "It's quiet. I don't expect anything to happen, not with us," Jocketty said. "A lot of times it doesn't start to escalate until the last few days. Maybe when we get back home, it might change." Cincinnati had been seeking bullpen help but instead signed a pair of free agents in recent weeks -- Russ Springer and Jason Isringhausen -- to Minor League deals. Jocketty has made and received phone calls from other GMs this week. "Not a lot, but a few. Talking to other clubs, there's always some outlandish proposals," he said. "The sense I get from other clubs is two factors: People don't want to give up their young prospects, and clubs don't want to take on additional payroll. That makes it hard to make a deal. Again, that may change closer to the deadline."
Harang works on throwing progam
MILWAUKEE -- Injured Reds starter Aaron Harang (lower back spasms) has resumed a throwing program in Cincinnati. A target return date remains very much up in the air, however."No clue," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday. "By all rights, he should be stronger down the stretch if he can get his sharpness back. We were fighting it for a while. He'll have to go out and have a rehab assignment to get his endurance up and get everything together. It's an important stretch for us and for him." Harang has not pitched since his June 30 start against the Phillies. "I heard he's feeling good," Baker said. "I'm glad we had the backup we have when he went down. Or we'd be up the creek."
Herrera arrested on intoxication charge
MILWAUKEE -- Left-handed reliever Daniel Ray Herrera, currently with Triple-A Louisville, was arrested early Wednesday on alcohol-related charges. WLKY-TV in Louisville reported that Herrera was walking on U.S. 31 in Clark County, Ind., when he was stopped by Indiana State Police at 4:18 a.m. Officers arrested Herrera and charged him with public intoxication. His blood-alcohol level, according to the TV station's report, was 0.228.Herrera, 25, was optioned to Louisville on June 30 after he went 1-3 in 36 games with a 3.91 ERA while batters were hitting .323 against him. Since going to the Bats, he is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 games.
The Reds declined to comment about Herrera's situation, because it was an ongoing legal matter.
In two appearances since joining Triple-A Louisville, Jason Isringhausen has given up two runs and two hits, including a homer, in 1 2/3 innings. He pitched two-thirds of an inning Tuesday night. Russ Springer also pitched Tuesday and struck out his only batter. In six appearances, he has pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed with five strikeouts. ... Wednesday is Hall of Fame Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman's 68th birthday. ... Manager Dusty Baker is almost always seen with a toothpick in his mouth in the dugout during games. They are mint-flavored Australian chewing sticks, and he uses them to reduce his consumption of chewing tobacco, but not always. "If the game gets tight, I end up doing both," Baker said.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.