Mijares' arrival to Reds' camp delayed

Mijares' arrival to Reds' camp delayed

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Not everyone is present and accounted for among Reds pitchers and catchers at Spring Training. The lone missing player is reliever Jose Mijares, who is a non-roster invite after he signed a Minor League contract in the offseason.

Mijares, a left-hander who will compete for a bullpen spot, remains in Venezuela.

"He's at home, apparently from our understanding is that he had a real problem getting a flight out," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I'd rather wait for him to get here to hear an explanation as to how that could happen. I don't want this kid to be sitting under the bus, because it could have been a simple enough mistake, but we were certainly hoping to have him here with the rest of the pitchers. My understanding is that he will arrive at some point on Sunday."

Other items of note from Saturday at Reds camp:

Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and offseason acquisition Marlon Byrd were among the latest wave of position-player early arrivals on Saturday. The full-squad report date is Monday.

• The Reds have scheduled "B" spring games vs. the Indians on March 5 and vs. the D-backs on March 12, and might look to add more. Price is trying to find innings for all of the pitchers competing for spots. His preference is to not have the candidates for the two open rotation spots pitch in "B" games or in Minor League games.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.