02/22/11 4:20 PM EST
Cairo enjoying rare security with Reds
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Arredondo feeling strong at Reds camp
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reliever Jose Arredondo might be more familiar with the Reds' spring complex than any other pitcher. Arredondo had to sit out all of the 2010 season to rehab from Tommy John surgery and spent plenty of time rehabbing in Goodyear."It was terrible. I was here the whole year," Arredondo said on Tuesday. Through a couple of bullpen sessions this spring, the right-handed Arredondo has had no issues and is feeling and throwing 100 percent. "It's going pretty good," Arredondo said. The 26-year-old Arredondo, who last pitched in the Majors for the Angels in 2009, is trying to earn one of the few vacancies in the Reds' bullpen this spring.
Baker looks to keep Rolen rolling
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Manager Dusty Baker and Scott Rolen are still trying to work out the best plan to get the third baseman ready for the season without overtaxing his almost 36-year-old body. There's talk of possibly playing Rolen in every other game this spring so he's fresher."We're still in the process of trying to find exactly what's right," Baker said. "I still think he needs closer to 50 [at-bats] to get ready, especially hitting behind Joey [Votto] early in the year. If guys aren't ready to hit behind Joey, then they're not going to throw Joey much to hit." Rolen had exactly 50 spring at-bats last year. He started out very strong but faded in the second half because of injuries to his back, neck and hamstring. "He's trying to find a way and we're trying to find a way to keep him not hurting," Baker said. "As you get older, that's the thing. If you have things wrong with you, that's the thing you get tired of people don't understand. I played hurt for my last 10 years. Sometimes, it gets to the point where you're tired of pain. He feels good right now."
The Reds did not hold live batting practice with their pitchers and hitters on Tuesday, as originally announced. That is now scheduled for Wednesday. On Tuesday, some of the workouts consisted of drills for fielding bunts and regular batting practice.