Reds ready to go to work as camp opens
Reigning NL Central champions' roster remains largely intact
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The offseason vacations, fishing trips and golf outings are over. The lower-impact winter workouts are done, and any lingering enjoyment about the Reds being division champions is finished."It's time to go to work," Reds reliever Nick Masset said. The business of trying to repeat as National League Central champions formally began on Wednesday morning as Reds pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. A workout was scheduled for later in the day. "It's the start of the race," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "When the plane left Sacramento [Tuesday], that was the start of baseball season for me. You wonder when the plane comes back home and the smoke clears where you're going to be. It's a long race, a lot of things can happen, a lot of changes. We think a lot of positive things are about to happen." A total of 28 pitchers and six catchers were accounted for, with just one pitcher absent. Starter Edinson Volquez was expected to arrive later in the day. Dontrelle Willis, who has been in a fixture at the complex for several days, missed the first official workout because his wife was having a baby.
The full 54-man spring roster is scheduled to report on Saturday, with the first full-squad workout also that day.