CINCINNATI -- The Reds on Wednesday signed right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz to a Minor League contract. Wuertz reported to the organization's complex for extended spring training."We'll see where it goes from there," emailed Bill Bavasi, the Reds' vice president of scouting and player development. Wuertz, 33, spent 2011 with the A's and had a 6.68 ERA 33 2/3 innings over 39 games. He missed a large part of the season because of hand and wrist injuries and was released in October. Once considered a quality setup man, Wuertz is 21-11 lifetime with a 3.71 ERA in 426 games with the Cubs and A's from 2004-11.
Reds keep Cueto on schedule
CINCINNATI -- Tuesday's rainout forced the Reds the adjust their rotation a little bit. But it won't affect Johnny Cueto's life one iota.Cueto is still starting on Friday at Pittsburgh, as originally scheduled. He will be followed by Mike Leake on Saturday and Mat Latos on Sunday. This keeps Cueto on his regular turn. "He's going too well not to right now," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Cueto is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA in five starts this season. He last pitched on Saturday vs. the Astros. Because of Monday's off-day, he will be working on five days' rest instead of his usual four. The other option for the Reds would have been to skip Leake, who was originally slated for Thursday vs. the Cubs. Homer Bailey is now taking that start after being pushed back from Wednesday. Leake is 0-3 with a 6.65 ERA in his four starts this season. Baker was just glad the postponed game wasn't rescheduled as part of a doubleheader during this series. It will likely happen when the Cubs return to Cincinnati Aug. 17-19. "Had we done that and had to go with Leake and Bailey tomorrow, that would have really messed up our rotation," Baker said. "Then we'd have to get somebody in here and send somebody out that we don't want to send out, and they'd have to be out 10 days and we'd have to change our whole rotation around."
Top prospect Hamilton tearing up Class A
CINCINNATI -- Reds top shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton is off to quite a start with Class A Bakersfield. Through Hamilton's first 24 games, he is batting .402 with 29 stolen bases. The 21-year-old's on-base percentage is .481."I'm happy for him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Just keep progressing on his total game, not just the highlights, the stolen bases. He's a great kid. He's playing great. We want him to stay healthy. He's doing a lot of running." Last season with Class A Dayton, Hamilton set an organizational record with 103 steals.
On Wednesday afternoon at the Johnny Rocket's restaurant across the street from Great American Ball Park, Baker was presented with a check for $5,000 to benefit the Bilingual Christian Center, an outreach program in Carmichael, Calif. The donation, made by Johnny Rockets president John Fuller, represented a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dusty's Bacon Burger.