03/30/10 8:01 PM ET
Harang ready for Opening Day assignment
Despite struggling this spring, righty says he feels great
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Sutton hanging on Reds' roster bubble
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- This is the time of Spring Training when players on the bubble for making the 25-man roster can't help but wonder with a lot of questions.Did I do enough to make the Reds? If this happens, will I get in? If that happens, will I get cut? Who will make it and who won't? All of that while trying to stand in a batter's box to hit a 95-mph fastball. "Three days left. It's getting close," said Reds infielder Drew Sutton Tuesday morning. "You try not to start thinking about if I make it or not. We've already had to ship our cars out, so either way, I have to get back to Cincinnati to get my stuff." Sutton is one of six infielders vying for what is likely two utility spots on the Reds bench. The competition is between Sutton, Aaron Miles, Chris Burke, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish and Juan Francisco. "I'm trying to do the most with the at-bats I get," Sutton said. "That's the main thing right now." On Tuesday vs. the Padres, Sutton started at shortstop and didn't have a great showing. He went 0-for-3 at the plate with a strikeout and committed two fielding errors. He has three errors this spring, all at shortstop. Along with Janish and Miles, Sutton has the benefit of already being on the 40-man roster. Miles also has the security of being owed $2.7 million this season but is batting .143 (4-for-28) this spring. Sutton is batting .233 (7-for-30) in 20 games and also played six different positions, including all four in the infield and both corner outfield spots. The 26-year-old has gained 30 pounds back after being worn down all of last season by a case of mononucleosis. "The most challenging part for the utility players is they haven't gotten as many at-bats," Sutton said. "They've been spread out. It's been a little more difficult. You want to be aggressive in the at-bat but you also want to see some pitches. It's in between. They've let us play in Minor League games to get extra at-bats, and that's helped out to catch up."
Cabrera, Phillips need at-bats
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shortstop Orlando Cabrera and second baseman Brandon Phillips were the only two regulars not in Tuesday's starting lineup. That was pre-planned, but both hitters haven't fared well this spring.Cabrera is batting .175 (7-for-40) while Phillips is batting .125 (5-for-40). Both are going to play in Minor League games on Tuesday as the designated hitter. "They need at-bats because their strokes aren't there yet," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Cabrera has seen more pitches. A third of his at-bats have probably been 3-2 counts, which he rarely gets to. The more pitches he sees, the quicker your timing comes."
Reds to make cuts soon
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds still have 40 players in camp heading into Wednesday's split-squad games. That won't be the case come Thursday, general manager Walt Jocketty indicated."I think you'll see that number decrease dramatically," Jocketty said.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.