08/16/11 6:59 PM ET
Alonso gets another chance in left
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Arroyo, Willis on track to make next starts
WASHINGTON -- The Reds received encouraging news Tuesday that two pitchers injured during their previous starts -- Bronson Arroyo and Dontrelle Willis -- would be able to make their next outings.Arroyo, who injured his left Achilles tendon covering first base on Friday vs. the Padres, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and reported no issues after being very sore on Saturday and Sunday. He is slated to start on Thursday vs. the Nationals. "I felt, surprisingly, real good," Arroyo said after returning from the bullpen. "I'm ready to roll today. I'm good. I just threw a regular bullpen, 45 pitches. It was a little shorter than I have been but not because of my ankle. It was because it's getting late in the year and hot." Willis, who came out of Sunday's start vs. San Diego during the third inning with a sore left forearm, underwent a MRI exam on Monday. The test came back as normal. He should be OK to start on Saturday at Pittsburgh. "We have to see when he throws his 'pen in a couple of days," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "This time of the year, there's almost something wrong with everybody."
Gomes faces Reds for first time as a Nat
WASHINGTON -- When he was traded from the Reds to the Nationals for two Minor Leaguers on July 26, Jonny Gomes was stunned. He was pulled from the lineup for that night's game vs. the Mets and was informed he had been dealt about 10 minutes before first pitch.Before Friday's series opener between the two teams, Gomes got to see some of his old teammates and the coaching staff on the field. "There's a unique bond when you go to the playoffs with the team," Gomes said. "You create not only a tight bond inside the clubhouse but also some really good friendships. ... I didn't have an opportunity to say good-bye to anybody, at all. I was in Dusty [Baker's] office with Dusty and Walt [Jocketty] for four minutes. I came out and everybody was on the field [after the trade]. It's a good chance to see the guys' faces again." Since coming to Washington, Gomes is batting .235 with two homers and four RBIs in 14 games. He batted .211 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 77 games this season with the Reds. "I'm happy. I've got good teammates and they've taken me in with open arms," Gomes said standing at his locker in the Nationals' clubhouse.
Homer Bailey, Logan Ondrusek and Dave Sappelt visited troops at the National Naval Medical Center on Tuesday morning. Catcher Ryan Hanigan celebrated his 31st birthday on Tuesday.