Ligtenberg spent 2006 with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs and had 18 saves and 3.57 ERA in 53 games. With the Reds closer's job open until Eddie Guardado returns from an elbow injury, Ligtenberg could have a chance to fill it if he throws well this spring."When you've done it before, you always want to do it," Ligtenberg said. "I think I would have more than a nominal chance as a guy to do it. But first, I just need to make the team. My goal is that I want to pitch well enough where they have to think about giving me a chance to make this team. Then I'll go from there." Probable pitchers: Narron revealed his starting pitcher rotation for the first stretch of exhibition games on Sunday. Eric Milton will start the Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Pirates at Bradenton. Kyle Lohse will face his former team -- the Twins -- on Friday in Fort Myers. Aaron Harang will pitch against Minnesota on Saturday and Bronson Arroyo will face Pittsburgh next Sunday. Under the current schedule, it lines up that Harang would be Cincinnati's Opening Day starter vs. the Cubs on April 2. Narron did not reveal his pitching plans for Wednesday's 12 p.m. ET intrasquad game. Majewski update: Reliever Gary Majewski took Sunday off after he long tossed from up to 75 feet on Saturday. Majewski, who is trying to return from a sore right shoulder, planned to throw again from flat ground on Monday. "It's coming along good," Majewski said on Sunday. He did not know when he'd begin to work off a mound. Salmon impresses: Narron said he was pleased with all of his pitchers' performance through four days of live batting practice. But hard-throwing reliever Brad Salmon seemed to have made an impression. "Brad Salmon has a good arm and shown us that he might give us a little bit of a different look out of the bullpen," Narron said. "A lot of our guys in the bullpen throw the same type of stuff." Salmon, in the Reds organization since 1999, split last season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville. With Louisville, the right-hander was 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 39 games with 27 walks and 72 strikeouts.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less