03/24/07 6:00 PM ET
Notes: Crosby outrighted to Louisville
Outfielder has 72 hours to accept or become a free agent
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"If we had Hatteberg in there, we pretty much would have had our Opening Day lineup out there," Narron said.Narron has been looking for ways to split up his lefty hitters -- Dunn, Griffey and Hatteberg -- preferring to have them bat second, fourth and sixth, respectively. Griffey usually batted third last season, but he appears to be the cleanup hitter for now. "It's nice to see Griff back in the lineup," Narron said. "Just his presence there means so much." No breaks for Arroyo: Reds starter Bronson Arroyo cruised for six innings in a 7-0 win over the Phillies on Saturday. Arroyo allowed five hits -- all singles -- one walk and struck out six. Even with the stellar outing, the right-hander didn't show his entire bag of tricks against Philadelphia. "I threw fastball, changeup. I didn't throw a breaking ball the entire day," said Arroyo, who threw 90 pitches. "I wanted to see if I could get by with it, especially since I knew we were going to face these guys during the season. I figured we'd see if we could try it one time and see what happened. I'd either get killed or throw pretty good." Arroyo had five of strikeouts in the first two innings, as several hitters seemed to be waiting on a curveball that never came. "[Phillies first baseman Ryan] Howard was on first base after the first inning," Arroyo said. "He was like 'What the hell is he doing man? I was waiting on a breaking ball.' Dunn said, 'I think he's just going to wait until a little later.'" Bray's finger: Sporting a plastic splint on the index finger of his throwing hand, lefty reliever Bill Bray knew what how he'd be spending batting practice. "I've got the bucket," joked Bray. Unable to throw for a couple of more days because of a bruised fingertip, collecting BP balls hit into the outfield was about all he'd be able to do. A few days ago, Bray was injured during fielding drills when a ball took a weird hop and hit his hand. He hasn't pitched in a big-league exhibition since March 8 because of a sore shoulder. "I finally got back from a little shoulder tightness and then jam my finger," said the unlucky pitcher. The 23-year-old Bray knew that beginning the season on the disabled list was a possibility. "It's definitely in the back of my mind," Bray said. "But if this subsides in the next couple of days, everything should work out just fine. I could get back throwing in a couple of days and be ready to go." Coming up: Fifth-starter candidate Matt Belisle, who has made a strong bid for the job all spring, will get another test on Sunday vs. the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET. Fellow fifth-spot contender Kirk Saarloos is also expected to get some innings.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.