GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Pitcher Matt Klinker is a rarity in Reds camp that doesn't come along very often. Klinker actually comes from the Cincinnati area and graduated from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio.The Reds made Klinker a 15th-round Draft pick out of Furman University in 2007. "It'd be an honor to be in a big league camp anywhere, but with my hometown team, it's just icing on the cake," Klinker said. In one game this spring, Klinker has a 13.50 ERA. He is scheduled to pitch in a "B" game on Tuesday vs. the Indians. Klinker, 26, split last season at Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville. He was 7-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts at Carolina and 4-4 with a 5.85 ERA in 10 games at Louisville. "I didn't have as good stats at Triple-A as Double-A, but I finished the year with a lot of innings and a decent ERA," said Klinker. "That's what I feel like I can bring to the table -- eat some innings up and keep the team in the game and be competitive." Klinker, who is likely going to be back in Louisville's rotation, had 138 strikeouts over 163 2/3 combined innings in 2010 and prefers to use his sinker, curveball and changeup to put the ball into play. "I'm a big, big proponent of pitching to contact. I try to be efficient with my pitches," Klinker said.
Renteria getting some exposure at second
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Lifelong shortstop Edgar Renteria has gotten some exposure on the right side of the infield for the Reds the past couple of days.Renteria played second base in the latter half of Saturday's game against the Dodgers. On Sunday, he started there for the first time vs. the Cubs and made a couple of plays in a 10-0 victory. One was a particularly nifty grab on Carlos Pena's grounder to the hole near first base in the second inning. "He can do it. If you can play shortstop, you can play almost everywhere," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before the game.
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
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When the Reds signed the 35-year-old Renteria as a free agent to a one-year, $2.1 million contract in January, there were expectations that he'd be a backup on both sides of the middle infield. That could include backing up second baseman Brandon Phillips.Renteria has only played shortstop over his 15-season career. "As long as Brandon is healthy, whoever plays behind Brandon isn't going to play a lot," Baker said. "But what happens if something happens to Brandon? You never know. I'd rather try to prepare now. Renteria will play some at shortstop, too. How much he plays depends on how [Paul] Janish does, too." One position Renteria isn't likely to play is third base. "Probably not," Baker said. "I've got [Juan] Francisco, [Todd] Frazier, [Chris] Valaika and [Miguel] Cairo. Plus I talked to Edgar. He doesn't feel real comfortable playing third base. That's a whole lot closer. As you get older, closeness and reactions don't match, especially if you've never been there. Cairo has been there a lot in his career."
Baker indicates cuts could be coming soon
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds have maintained the full complement of 54 players in camp, but the paring of the roster could be in the near future.Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated cuts are coming. "Soon we're going to have to start making some decisions on who to keep around and who is going to have to go back," Baker said on Sunday. "I'm trying to give everybody as much time as possible and let them enjoy the experience and help us now and in the future."
Pitcher Edinson Volquez left camp on Sunday to go home to the Dominican Republic to get his work visa. Assuming all goes as planned, Volquez will be back with the team on Tuesday and is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Padres. ... Monday's 3:05 p.m. ET game vs. the Brewers will be televised by Fox Sports Ohio and on MLB.TV. There will be no radio coverage. ... MLB Network shot interviews with Reds players at the team complex on Sunday. During most of his interview, shortstop Paul Janish was juggling three baseballs. The network's spring preview on the Reds will air at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.