The Enquirer reports that Brandon Claussen threw a 70 pitch simulated game on Tuesday. He’s the only player on the Reds roster not to have gotten in a game. He’s scheduled to start on April 19th vs the Cubs.
But they bring Milton back on short rest for something like the 3rd time in his career, rather than pitch Claussen.
If I were Claussen, I wouldn’t buy a house in Cincinnati or sign a long term lease. In fact, I’d probably just keep my bags packed.
UPDATE: Heard on the radio at lunch time today (Wednesday) that Ortiz has been scratched for today’s game and Belisle will start. One would assume that the reason that Claussen isn’t starting is because they had him throw 70 pitches yesterday.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.