GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Dusty Baker is getting his first real look at relief pitcher Jose Arredondo this spring. Last year, Arredondo missed the whole season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.There have been no health issues in camp to this point. Arredondo threw in the bullpen on Thursday and was popping the catcher's mitt loudly with his 90-plus-mph stuff. The right-hander can reach the mid-90s. "He's going to open some eyes, too," Baker said on Friday. "He has a live arm and it was real live with the Angels. I was a bit surprised the Angels didn't wait on him, because he pitched good for them. They must have been deep. But I'm glad we've got him." Arredondo, who the Reds signed before last year's camp knowing he'd need surgery, was 10-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 52 appearances during his 2008 rookie season with the Angels. In a 2009 season split between the Angels and Triple-A while bothered by a sprained ligament, the 26-year-old Arredondo had a 6.00 ERA in 43 big league appearances.
Renteria arrives, excited to be with Reds
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- One of the very few offseason acquisitions the Reds made over the winter, shortstop Edgar Renteria, made his first appearance in camp on Friday morning. The full squad isn't required to report until Saturday.Renteria, the 2010 World Series Most Valuable Player with the Giants, signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with Cincinnati. "It's a great chance to get into the playoffs," Renteria said. "What I see right here on this team is they have a lot of future. They want to compete. That's why I came here." The 35-year-old Renteria, who was added to be a backup to incumbent shortstop Paul Janish, did not get to enjoy his offseason buzz of being a World Series winner as much as others. He was scrambling to find a new team. "It's kind of hard, but that's the job," Renteria said. "You have to be ready for the situation. You're not always going to be on top." And for the first time in his life, Renteria might not always be a shortstop while with the Reds. Save for one inning at first base, he has played all 2,028 games of his 15-year Major League career at shortstop. There are possibilities that Renteria could see some time at second base or third base, although Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated that he would work him out mostly at his natural position in the beginning. "I have to see him at shortstop first," Baker said. "I have to talk to him first. I don't think I've ever seen him play second base. It's a totally different thing when you have to have your back to the guy coming in vs. all those years you could see him coming. I could tell he's been working out. He looked very strong." The Reds have Miguel Cairo, and possibly Juan Francisco, to play third base behind regular Scott Rolen. Baker likes having a natural shortstop on the bench for defense but lacks a real backup for Brandon Phillips. "I took a lot of ground balls last year at second base, just in case," Renteria said. "You guys know my position is shortstop, but I will play whatever the skipper wants me to play." Renteria was limited to 72 games last season with the Giants in part because of three trips to the disabled list for injuries to his groin, hamstring and biceps. He batted .276 with three home runs, 22 RBIs and a .332 on-base percentage in 2010. "I just worked out in Miami and Colombia and tried to be in shape," Renteria said. "Because when you get older, you have to work a little harder. If you're in shape, you have a chance to do a lot of things."
Second baseman Brandon Phillips made his first appearance in Reds camp on Friday and worked out. Only Scott Rolen, Joey Votto and Miguel Cairo have yet to arrive from the 54-man spring roster.If and when Edgar Renteria plays shortstop for the Reds this season, he will become Phillips' 19th different double-play partner since he joined the team in 2006. The other 18 shortstops Cincinnati has employed were Orlando Cabrera, Cairo, Paul Janish, Drew Sutton, Chris Valaika, Alex Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston Jr., Adam Rosales, Jolbert Cabrera, Juan Castro, Jeff Keppinger, Danny Richar, Enrique Cruz, Pedro Lopez, Rich Aurilia, Royce Clayton, Felipe Lopez and Ray Olmedo.