Crosby to Louisville- Former New York Yankee, Bubba Crosby, was outrighted to Louisville yesterday. Crosby, who was competing for a spot in the Reds outfield with Chris Denorfia, Josh Hamilton, and Norris Hopper, has to clear waivers and could decline the offer to become a free agent. The former Rice University standout batted .207 with 1 homerun and 6 RBIS for the Yankees during the 2006 season. Crosby made the Yankees opening day roster for three consecutive seasons, but did not have a strong enough showing this spring to make the Reds big league club. Through Saturday, Crosby was batting .276 (8-29) with 1 homerun and 6 RBIS. Obviously, one of the biggest reasons for the decision was the surprising performance of Rule 5 draft pick, Josh Hamilton. Hamilton's 23 hits and .404 average are also a big reason why the future remains unclear for Denorfia and Hopper.
Hamilton Watch 3/25- Hamilton went 1-5 with a triple in the Reds 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon.
Blue Jays 3 Reds 2- After a 2-4 performance on Saturday, Ken Griffey Jr. did not travel to Dunedin for Sunday's game. Fifth starter candidates, Matt Belisle and Kirk Saarloos, both helped turned in strong pitching performances in the loss. Belisle scattered 4 hits and allowed 2 earned runs in 4 innings. Saarloos (1-2) suffered the loss, but was impressive in three innings and only gave up 3 hits.
Farney Update- Remember Ryan Freel's imaginary friend? There is still no word on what Farney thinks about Freel taking over as the everyday centerfielder with Griffey moving to right field. I will keep you posted. Both Farney and Freel did not make the bus trip to Dunedin today.