GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Yet to see any game action because of an irritation in his right elbow, Reds closer Ryan Madson remained confident Monday that his injury was not serious."I'm playing catch [Tuesday]," Madson said. "It's just a normal Spring Training kickback. It's happened to me the past couple of years." Madson, who had been shut down the past few days, has been examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. "I've taken my time with it, and I'm getting treatments and stretching it," Madson said. "It's nothing major, just some soreness. It shouldn't be long before I am in a game."
First spring outing goes well for Cueto
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto had a look of satisfaction following his first spring start. While the line was not blemish free, Cueto accomplished exactly what he wanted on Monday vs. the Indians."Everything was low," Cueto said. "I felt really well. I was really relaxed. I was looking to throw my pitches low and keep the ball down." In a 12-7 Reds win, Cueto gave up one run and two hits over two innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. He opened the game with a 3-0 count on leadoff batter Michael Brantley. Two pitches later, Brantley hit a triple to the right-field corner and then scored on Asdrubal Cabrera's groundout to the shortstop.
In the second inning, Jason Kipnis hit a two-out double off of Cueto and advanced to third base on a balk before he was stranded.Cueto, 26, is coming off of the best season of his career, when he was 9-5 with a 2.31 ERA in 24 starts. Injuries prevented him from getting enough starts to have a shot at the ERA title. During Spring Training last year, the right-hander came down with irritation in his biceps and triceps and missed the first month of the season. He missed a couple more starts at the end of the season with a strained right lat muscle. This spring, Cueto is trying to take steps to make sure he leaves camp healthy and durable. "I am doing extra work, a little more than I am supposed to do," he said.
Countryman Corcino is Cueto's protege
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- One of the young pitching prospects getting noticed in Reds camp has been right-hander Daniel Corcino. The 21-year-old Corcino, in camp as a non-roster player, pitched two scoreless innings in a 'B' game Monday vs. mostly Mariners Minor Leaguers.Corcino hit the leadoff batter with the very first pitch of his outing, but otherwise stayed out of trouble. Until Monday, manager Dusty Baker had only seen Corcino pitch bullpen sessions or live batting practice. "I know he gets after it," Baker said before the game. "You've got to calm him down, because he throws the ball 100 mph in every drill. He's getting after it. He's first whenever we do our warm-up drills in the morning. It's refreshing really. I told him, 'don't worry about keeping up with everybody else. Just do your thing.'" Corcino, who was 11-7 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 starts for Class A Dayton in 2011, hails from the Dominican Republic. He's drawn some positive comparsions to countryman and Reds ace Johnny Cueto. "He's always playing catch with Cueto," Baker said. "He hangs with Cueto. I call him "Cueto Jr." He's pretty proud of that too, really." "I really like how Corcino throws," Cueto said. "He looks like me. He's got courage. He started the same way I did. I hope soon he'll come up here and help in the big leagues."
The Reds won the 'B' game over the Mariners by a 4-1 score on Monday morning on a practice field at the Goodyear complex. Kyle Lotzkar and Pedro Villarreal each pitched two scoreless innings. Didi Gregorius hit a two-run triple, Daryl Jones hit a RBI single and Denis Phipps added a sacrifice fly. Beginning with Monday's game vs. Cleveland, Reds.com is exclusively broadcasting 14 Reds exhibition games this spring. Jim Kelch is slated to do play-by-play, but will be assisted by other members of the broadcasting team, including Marty Brennaman. A total of 32 Reds Cactus League games will either be carried online or on radio.