The Reds signed veteran left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez to a Minor League contract on Saturday and brought him into camp as a non-roster player. Perez, 36, will compete for a bullpen spot as a situational reliever.
It was a chilly Saturday morning outside the Reds Spring Training complex but that didn’t matter to the players who wanted to stop and visit with the representatives from Wilson Gloves before going inside where it was warm.
As he tries to return to the rotation, following two-plus seasons as a reliever for the Reds, pitcher Michael Lorenzen was pleased with his first spring start.
For the second spring in a row, Reds right-handed pitcher Sal Romano is trying for a spot in the big league rotation. Romano was pleased with the results following his two-inning start vs. the Indians on Friday.
It’s been said throughout the offseason at Redsfest and Caravan and it’s been repeated in the early days of Spring Training: The Reds are tired of writing off seasons for the good of rebuilding.
The Reds have precious few spots open on their potential 25-man roster. Barring injury, there appears to be one opening in the starting rotation and two in the bullpen if they go with 12 pitchers and three if there are 13. Plus, the bench must be assembled.
One of the main contenders for the rotation’s fifth spot — Sal Romano — will get the ball first when the Reds open Cactus League play vs. the Indians on Friday (3:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV).
The Reds’ rotation will have a new look in 2018, but Sal Romano hopes he can be a familiar face and return to the form he ended last season with.
The original idea was that Reds top prospect Nick Senzel would be exposed to several positions throughout the infield and outfield to get comfortable and more versatile.
When Reds first baseman Joey Votto arrived to Spring Training on Sunday underscoring his desire for the team to get better and start winning again, general manager Dick Williams was both paying attention and agreeing.
The Reds have invited Ben Rowen to Major League Spring Training camp, the team announced Monday, after signing the right-hander to a Minor League deal.
Reds pitcher Homer Bailey is not getting ahead of himself. Bailey, a veteran of two no-hitters but three elbow surgeries, felt good throughout the offseason and rolled into Spring Training healthy. It’s something Bailey doesn’t take for granted.