03/30/07 12:20 AM ET
Notes: Livingston's time not now
Young lefty sent to Triple-A after stellar Spring Training
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
The right-hander was sent down, rather than placed on the disabled list, since a Minor League rehab assignment is limited to 30 days for a pitcher. Right now, Majewski can only throw every other day."It's good business," Majewski said. "I have an option left and they exercised the right to use it. My arm is just starting to get loose. My velocity is coming up a little bit each time I go out. I don't want it to go up each time. I want it to stabilize." "I was excited to see him pitch the last couple of times out like he has," Narron said. "It looked like he had more arm speed and the ball was coming out of his hand better than it did last year." Hot spring: Second baseman Brandon Phillips has looked ready to start the season for some time now. Phillips is batting .349 (22-for-63) with a club leading six home runs and 12 RBIs. With a sixth-inning two-run home run off Jesse Crain in the Reds' 10-2 loss vs. the Twins, Phillips has hit safely in 17 of his 21 games. "It's Spring Training, it doesn't matter what you hit," said Phillips, who was 1-for-3 in the game. "You could hit .100 in Spring Training, and the next thing you know, you have a great season. It's getting ready for the season, that's it. I'm just seeing the ball well right now. I hope I can take it into the season and some positive things can happen. I'm very happy with the spring that I'm having." Assuming everyone stays healthy, Phillips will hit third in the Reds' regular lineup. It will be his first time batting in the key middle portion of the order, and he welcomed the challenge. "I'm happy with hitting third," Phillips said. "I hit third before, when I was in the Minors. I just concentrate more when I hit third. If I'm between [Ken] Griffey and [Adam] Dunn, or whatever, it's more RBI opportunities for me. When people are on base, I think I concentrate more. I need it to be like that every time I go up there, though. You just focus a little harder when the game is on the line and you need to get that runner in. I think everything will be all right." Freel rests: Center fielder Ryan Freel was rested for a second straight game. Freel remains sore following a head-on collision with the fence Tuesday vs. the Phillies. Like Wednesday, Josh Hamilton got the start in Freel's place. Was the hard-charging Freel being kept out for his own good?. "It's for the wall's own good," Freel joked. RBI program: Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is returning to youth baseball fields in Cincinnati this spring. It was formed via a partnership between the Reds Community Fund, Cincinnati public schools and the Boys & Girls Club of greater Cincinnati. The league will feature six teams from Cincinnati public schools. Tryouts for the teams were held the first week of March, and teams begin play this week and will play a 10-game schedule with a city tournament scheduled for the first week of May. The Reds Community Fund and Boys & Girls Clubs received $20,000 in grants for the RBI program from the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the U.S. Department of Justice and Major League Baseball. Coming up: Friday will mark the Reds' final day in Sarasota. It will be spent hosting the Devil Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET. Saarloos will get another chance to audition for the fifth spot while Tampa Bay scheduled Jae Seo to start.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.