LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The fourth and final day of the 2011 Reds Caravan concluded for all three legs of the tour. The southern leg had a large stop in front of an estimated crowd of 700 fans at The Shops at Lexington Center.Reds president/CEO Bob Castellini, general manager Walt Jocketty, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, right fielder Jay Bruce, prospect Yasmani Grandal and former Reds pitcher Tom Browning participated in a question-and-answer session and later signed autographs. "The receptions have been phenomenal, it's amazing," Jocketty said. "Every stop has gotten bigger and bigger. We had a big crowd in Bowling Green [on Saturday]. We had to stay an extra 40 minutes in Ashland the other night so we could take care of everybody." The three legs of the 2011 Reds Caravan covered Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia and traveled a combined 2,800 miles.
Isringhausen to throw for Reds on Monday
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen will attempt another career reboot with the Reds. Isringhausen is scheduled to throw on Monday at the Reds complex in Goodyear, Ariz., with the hopes of securing a Minor League deal and Spring Training invite."He's contacted me and said he was healthy again and wanted to throw for us," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Sunday during a Reds Caravan stop. "He'll throw for [pitching coach] Bryan Price on Monday in Goodyear and we'll see how he throws and how healthy he is." Isringhausen, 38, signed a Minor League deal with the Reds on July 22, 2010, and posted a 9.53 ERA in seven appearances with Triple-A Louisville before he was shut down on Aug. 16 with a strained right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery on that elbow in June 2009 -- the last time he pitched in the big leagues. During a 14-year career, Isringhausen has 293 career saves.
Grandal excited for his first Spring Training
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Part of the contingent with the southern tour of the Reds Caravan was catching prospect Yasmani Grandal, and he's itching to get to his first big league Spring Training.Grandal was the 12th overall selection out of the University of Miami during the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and signed a four-year contract worth $2.99 million in August. In eight games with the Reds' short-season rookie league team in Arizona, he was 8-for-28 (.286). "I'm excited to just be there and have the chance to be next to guys I always dreamed of and watched on TV," Grandal said on Sunday.
"Then I will have a chance to catch [Aroldis] Chapman and [Bronson] Arroyo, who I used to see with Boston. I'm going to get to do a lot of things."