Reds catch up with intrasquad, Minors work

Cincinnati has built-in contingencies to help with setbacks like rainouts

Reds catch up with intrasquad, Minors work

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Because of the desert climate, you wouldn't expect many Cactus League game rainouts like the Reds had Thursday. But the club had a contingency built in for such an issue and it came into play Friday afternoon.

On one of the practice fields at the Reds complex, several hours before the game vs. the Giants in Scottsdale, the Reds held an intrasquad game. Pitchers including Burke Badenhop, Sam LeCure, Jumbo Diaz and Manny Parra -- who couldn't pitch Thursday vs. the Rangers -- got their work in. Some of the hitters got extra at-bats.

And that was just one avenue to make up for the lost time.

"We're also utilizing the Minor League games to send some of our guys over the next few days so they can get some extra at-bats -- guys like Billy [Hamilton] and Devin [Mesoraco]," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Joey Votto had already hit in some Minor League games for extra at-bats.

"We utilize the Minor League games for extra at-bats in an environment where they can just go hit," Price said. "They don't have to defend so it's not as taxing on the body but they can see more pitches."

The Reds usually try to build in a day for the pitchers and regular players in case a situation happens like Thursday.

"We actually do it twice -- one before the off-day [Tuesday] and coming out of the off-day," Price said. "If we have a rain issue or a setback, we can push everybody back a day and not have it affect their ability to be on time to start the regular season in order. We can handle this and can handle another one after the off-day as well if we had another rain event that precluded us from playing a game and getting our starter his work."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for 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.