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02/23/11 7:04 PM EST

Reds react to news surrounding Wainwright

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- News filtered quickly from Florida to Reds camp in Arizona Wednesday upon the news that Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright left camp and returned to St. Louis because of a "significant" elbow ligament injury.

"Wainwright, gone," outfielder Jonny Gomes seemed to declare as he walked into the clubhouse in the morning.

Wainwright was 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA last season and won 19 games in 2009. The right-hander and teammate Chris Carpenter form the most potent 1-2 rotation combo in the National League Central.

The outcome of the medical examination on Wainwright's elbow is not yet known. If he is indeed gone for the season to have elbow surgery, the Reds' chances to repeat as division winners will drastically improve. St. Louis finished second in the NL Central last season, five games behind Cincinnati.

"He is one of the main pitchers they have," Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez said. "He's one of the guys that every time he pitches, it's going to be a plus game. He always goes deep in the game. Any time you've got a No. 1 or No. 2 down, you've put yourself in big trouble trying to find another guy like him."

Someone asked Reds manager Dusty Baker if his club's pitching depth could withstand someone like Wainwright going down.

"You don't have the depth to overcome losing a Wainwright," Baker said. "They got two of the top six or seven pitchers in our league on one team."

Even Baker's 12-year-old son, Darren, was spreading the news about Wainwright. Before going to school, Darren called his father's office from their home in Sacramento.

"Significant, huh? All right my son, thanks for the tip," Baker said to his son over the phone.

"That's my scout right there," Baker said.

Later in the day, a published report accused Gomes of singing and appearing to enjoy Wainwright's misfortune -- something he flatly denied.

"I came in and I said 'Is Wainwright gone, is Wainwright gone?'" Gomes said when reached by phone. "To clear up everything, I came up with Wainwright. I know Wainwright. I think he's one of the top notch pitchers in the National League and baseball. Outside of different uniforms that we wear and different cities we play in, playing in the Major Leagues, we're all brothers. There's a brotherhood there. There's one thing you would never wish upon any other player and that's an injury...

"Off the field, we're still human and we have families. There's one thing you don't wish upon anyone and that is an injury. Even if they are on the other team, you wish them the best of health. If Wainwright is gone, it doesn't mean anything to us. It maybe gives them the opportunity to make a trade for another big ace."

Arroyo fine with rotation's No. 2 spot

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the Reds named Edinson Volquez their Opening Day starter against the Brewers on March 31, some fans wondered why Bronson Arroyo didn't get the assignment. Arroyo, who is the most tenured veteran and won 17 games last season, will instead pitch the second game And he is more than OK with that.

"Assuming everyone is healthy, I'm definitely happy with that," Arroyo said. "I just like to enjoy Opening Day. It's not real fun until the ball comes out of your hands. I'd rather sit back and relax and enjoy that and go get them on Day 2. Maybe they'll sell out Game 2 also."

Arroyo will slot behind Volquez and ahead of No. 3 starter Johnny Cueto.

"Dusty [Baker] thinks it's a better role for me, throwing in the two-hole," Arroyo said of the Reds' manager. "He's probably right because you've probably got three hard throwers in the rotation and possibly a lefty. Me in the two-hole probably breaks that up better."

Chapman, Leake, Wood throw live BP

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- For the first time in camp on Wednesday, Reds hitters stepped in the cage to face the pitchers. Since pitchers have been in camp longer, it's usually a showdown that's heavily in their favor.

This was especially true when Aroldis Chapman took the mound. Chapman, the 100-mph throwing left-hander, faced prospects Kris Negron, Zack Cozart, Dave Sappelt and Danny Dorn. The 2010 first-round Draft pick, Yasmani Grandal, did the catching. Few hitters made solid contact and one of Cozart's bats was broken.

"I'd say today he was anywhere from 94-96 mph, which is his 80 percent," Sappelt said. "It's kind of good for guys to get to face him today. His stuff is so electric, it only goes down from here. Not too many guys will be at 80 percent throwing 95. He had a couple of good curveballs too. His location wasn't too bad. He was coming in there."

On a different field, pitchers Travis Wood and Mike Leake also worked against hitters -- facing Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes, among others. Ramon Hernandez caught both pitchers.

"They looked pretty good," Hernandez said. "They stayed on the corners and kept the ball down, and they threw very, very well today. I think they are ready for the games to start."

"You have to see it sooner or later, but [hitters] don't get a lot out of it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "And you take a couple of extra bats. Even though they're your teammates, they enjoy breaking them. [As a player] I recall the real good pitchers got their work in but wanted you to get yours in too, so they weren't trying to break your bat."

Single-game tickets on sale on Saturday

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds announced Wednesday that individual single-game tickets for the 2011 regular season will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.

Excluded from the sale are tickets for the March 31 Opening Day game vs. the Brewers and the June 20-22 series vs. the Yankees.

Tickets can be purchased at reds.com.

The club revealed several of its promotional giveaways, including Joey Votto MVP bobblehead night on April 30 vs. the Marlins; Sparky Anderson bronze statue on May 14 vs. the Cardinals; Dusty Baker bobblehead giveaway on July 2 vs. the Indians; Bronson Arroyo plush dolls on July 3 vs. Cleveland and Aroldis Chapman action figure night on July 16 vs. the Cardinals.

Worth noting

During the workout, veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria took groundballs at second base alongside Brandon Phillips. One of the more challenging drills of the workout was catching pop flies in the infield and outfield. As a machine sent balls high into the bright sky, players took turns calling for balls and making catches.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.