05/02/12 8:00 PM ET
Reds keep Cueto on schedule
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Reds sign veteran reliever Wuertz
CINCINNATI -- The Reds on Wednesday signed right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz to a Minor League contract. Wuertz reported to the organization's complex for extended spring training."We'll see where it goes from there," emailed Bill Bavasi, the Reds' vice president of scouting and player development. Wuertz, 33, spent 2011 with the A's and had a 6.68 ERA 33 2/3 innings over 39 games. He missed a large part of the season because of hand and wrist injuries and was released in October. Once considered a quality setup man, Wuertz is 21-11 lifetime with a 3.71 ERA in 426 games with the Cubs and A's from 2004-11.
Top prospect Hamilton tearing up Class A
CINCINNATI -- Reds top shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton is off to quite a start with Class A Bakersfield. Through Hamilton's first 24 games, he is batting .402 with 29 stolen bases. The 21-year-old's on-base percentage is .481."I'm happy for him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Just keep progressing on his total game, not just the highlights, the stolen bases. He's a great kid. He's playing great. We want him to stay healthy. He's doing a lot of running." Last season with Class A Dayton, Hamilton set an organizational record with 103 steals.
On Wednesday afternoon at the Johnny Rocket's restaurant across the street from Great American Ball Park, Baker was presented with a check for $5,000 to benefit the Bilingual Christian Center, an outreach program in Carmichael, Calif. The donation, made by Johnny Rockets president John Fuller, represented a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Dusty's Bacon Burger.