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03/02/11 8:31 PM ET

Hernandez passes U.S. citizenship exam

Hernandez passes U.S. citizenship exam

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez returned to camp Wednesday after missing two days. Hernandez was in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., taking his exam to become a United States citizen.

Hernandez, a Venezuelan, passed his test without any issues. All that stands between him and becoming an American citizen is the swearing-in ceremony and he will have his U.S. passport.

"I already live here and I have my life here," Hernandez said. "My kids are U.S. citizens and my wife is a U.S. citizen. I'm the only one left. I feel like I've got to do it because I live here."

Hernandez notched the Reds' first hit of the game vs. the White Sox on Wednesday with a two-out double to left field off Brian Bruney in the fourth inning.

Grandal trying to find comfort zone in first camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Yasmani Grandal is just trying to get a grasp of the pitchers he might one day be catching for the Reds in the big leagues. To say Grandal had his hands full with the first inning of a big league spring game would be a gross understatement.

Grandal debuted on Monday with lefty flamethrower Aroldis Chapman pitching in relief. As his velocity topped 102 mph that day, Chapman did not have good control in his spring debut against Cleveland and walked the bases loaded before escaping unscathed.

"I caught a guy at college that had way better control than him and was 99 and the 100s too," Grandal said on Wednesday. "It's a new experience when you have someone throwing a fastball that just moves everywhere and he has no control of it. For my first inning in a spring game, that was a challenge. From there on, everything is just easier."

Grandal was the Reds' first-round Draft pick (12th overall) in June out of the University of Miami and his pro experience was limited to eight games in Arizona rookie level play.

Because he was signed to a four-year Major League contract with a $2.99 million bonus, the 22-year-old is in big league camp.

"I'm trying to take in as much as possible," Grandal said. "I'm trying to enjoy it as much as possible. So far, so good."

First impressions of how Grandal is handling himself are solid to this point.

"He's young. He'll get more comfortable," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Not only is this his first camp, it's his first big league camp. And he's in a position of leadership and assertiveness. He's been a little apprehensive to be assertive yet. I'd rather have that and him grow into it versus him just coming in and taking over. Eventually, he'll get there. It won't be long. He's still getting his feet wet. As long as he keeps his eyes and ears open, which he is doing."

Grandal believes as he becomes more entrenched with the organization that his ability to take charge and call games will surface more often.

"I've always liked that role," he said. "I'm looking forward to taking on that role. I'm definitely a leader. I don't like following."

Arredondo wild in second outing

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reliever Jose Arredondo, who is trying to nab a spot in the Reds bullpen after missing all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, did not fare well in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

Arredondo gave up three earned runs in the seventh after he walked three, struck out two and hit a batter over two-thirds of an inning. His outing began with two walks and the hit-by-pitch before Minor Leaguer Jim Gallagher laced a two-run single to right field.

"He hasn't pitched in more than a year," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's going to have some ups and downs. We'll keep running him out there. He's a little high right now. But when a guy has been out that long, you have to expect some ups and downs."

Worth noting

Former Reds pitchers Jack Billingham and Jim Maloney were in Reds camp on Wednesday and will be serving as guest instructors.

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.