03/09/07 5:48 PM ET
Notes: For Bailey, it's just one outing
Righty roughed up by Indians, but prospect stays positive
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"Hopefully, I'll have a lot more bad ones to come ... over a long period of time," Bailey said. "Bad ones happen. You just have to bounce back from it."Sick start: While battling the flu, pitcher Bronson Arroyo still managed to have a smooth first Grapefruit League start against the Indians. Arroyo allowed one hit and struck out three over two scoreless innings. The right-hander faced the minimum six batters. "I just went out and threw the ball 80 mph," Arroyo said. "I've been sick for five days. But my command was there." "Bronson pitched real well for a sick man," Narron said. Arroyo planned to take IV fluids to help get his strength back. He had no intention of skipping the start, especially after the illness moved last Sunday's "B" game start back a day. "I needed to see hitters to make my body sore, not for the fact of what I have to throw," Arroyo said. "I need that intensity to be there. I'm hoping this will get me over the hump. Hopefully, my next outing I can be full out." Hermanson debuts: Reliever Dustin Hermanson had an encouraging first outing for the Reds. The right-hander worked one perfect inning and struck out one. Most importantly, his back was pain free. Arroyo's shortened outing had Hermanson in the game sooner than he expected. "It was rapid fire, get ready. It was nice," said Hermanson, who was signed to a Minor League deal on Feb. 28. "Sometimes, you want that in your first outing. The back feels awesome. I wasn't too concerned with velocity and where I was throwing the balls, as much as seeing how the back felt the first time out there. It's doing great." Hermanson, the former White Sox closer, is competing for a bullpen spot. He's in the mix with several pitchers for the Reds' vacant closer's role. His rehab from a fractured and weakened vertebra suffered in 2005 limited him to just six appearances last season. Limited to bullpen sessions and simulated games since signing with Cincinnati, the 34-year old anticipated the real thing. "I did wake up at 6:30 a.m., game-faced," Hermanson said. "But as I got here to the field, I started relaxing and had fun with the guys and didn't put any pressure on myself." Narron expected Hermanson's next game to come on Monday. "If he's 100 percent healthy, we know what we've got," Narron said. "We've got a pretty good guy at the end of the bullpen." Mound work: Out with a problematic shoulder since the start of camp, reliever Gary Majewski made his first throws off a mound on Friday morning. Majewski threw 20 pitches and will rest on Saturday. If his arm responds positively, he will likely throw again on Monday. "It felt good," Majewski said of the session. "I'm anxious to pitch after watching everybody play while I'm doing rehab." It was not known when Majewski might be able to get into his first spring game. "There's no rush," Majewski said. "We want to make sure everything is OK." More injury reports: Second baseman Brandon Phillips was a late lineup scratch from Friday's game vs. Cleveland with a sore left shin. Phillips took a foul ball off his leg during his fourth-inning at-bat on Thursday. Ken Griffey Jr. (left hand) took another round of batting practice on Friday, but he did not appear to be swinging at full speed. Pitcher Kyle Lohse (strained right hamstring) threw in his regular side session. The club is still determining whether Lohse's next start will be in a real or simulated game. Coming up: The Reds are scheduled to face the Indians in Winter Haven, Fla., on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Paul Wilson will pitch for Cincinnati against Cleveland's Jake Westbrook.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.