Now that the Reds have signed Dusty Baker to a contract extension, what moves might be next? (Not saying I necessarily support these, only that they fit the Reds pattern.) * The Reds will try to resign Scott Rolen to mentor Todd Frazier at 3B. Rolen still plays an important clubhouse role. The Reds do […]

Devin Mesoraco was optioned to AAA Louisville yesterday for relief pitcher J.J. Hoover. Unless he’s replacing an injured player, Mesoraco will have to stay in the minors for 10 days, which has fans questioning his availability on the Reds playoff roster. Under Major League Rule 40 (a), the pool of players eligible for the postseason […]

Over the last six weeks, I have written thousands of words about the Reds’ 2012 season. I have learned a lot and, at times, been surprised. I hope you have, too. But now, Opening Day is exactly a week a way and spring training is wrapping up, so it’s time to take a broader view […]

I was listening to the broadcast yesterday (and suffering through Jeff Brantley’s torturous schtick) when Mat Latos threw a pitch and came up lame. My heart started beating again at some point after that. Now, it appears that Latos is going to be fine: Latos strained his left calf, but isn’t worried it’s serious. “I’m […]

The three-year extension the Reds negotiated with Sean Marshall made brilliant business sense. The organization had lived through its four-year, $48 million contract with CoCo Cordero and rightly arrived at the conclusion that a team with an $80 million payroll can’t afford to pay $12 million to a closer. Their crafty solution was to evaluate […]

Welcome to a special 2012 spring training game thread! Tonight, the Reds make the 40 minute trip north to Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, where they will take on the two-time defending AL Champion Rangers.  The Reds beat Texas 6-2 at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday. Game […]

Reds beat writer John Fay, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, joined host Bill Lack for a discussion of everything surrounding the Reds as the season approaches. Obviously, the injury to Ryan Madson is at the top of the list. It’s the latest episode of Redleg Nation Radio; enjoy! You can listen with the player at the […]

The sun came out in Cincinnati today. It’s appropriately obscured a bit by the clouds, but it nonetheless is warmly shining through my windows. We learned yesterday of Ryan Madson’s torn and bloody right elbow joint, and with it the sad reality that his much-anticipated career with the Reds is over before it began. The […]

John Fay’s take on the Madson injury: The Reds got devastating news this morning: Closer Ryan Madson will need “Tommy John” surgery, ending his season before he ever threw a pitch for the Reds. He was examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati. Kremchek discovered that the ligament in Madson’s elbow was torn from the […]

If you’re interested, I just wrote a piece for about the Ryan Madson injury, and what it means for Cincinnati’s bullpen. UPDATE: Fellow RN editor Jason Linden has written about all this for The Hardball Times and, as usual, he has outdone me. Chad DotsonBlame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation […]

Ryan Madson is not going to pitch for the Reds. At least, not this year. His elbow is gone and he’ll be having surgery. This stinks. There’s no doubt this stinks, but of the major players on the Reds, this might be the least painful injury. Relief pitchers are, in general, overrated in how much […]

From today’s Enquirer: Reds closer Ryan Madson probably is not going to pitch in a minor league game today as planned. The Reds aren’t saying much about it. “We’re sorting it out,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll let you know.” Madson has not pitched in a game this spring after coming down with […]