News: Lorenzen appears to still be in the running for the fifth starter job to begin the season, MLB.com reports. "There's chances we can do a lot of finagling with the roster before that [April 12] start," manager Bryan Price said. "We'll just have to see what options we have. We still haven't made our decision on who that guy [for the fifth rotation spot] is going to be."
Impact: Regardless of whether it's Lorenzen or Raisel Iglesias to begin the year, the eventual return of Homer Bailey (forearm) figures to squeeze them out of the rotation. That said, this is quite interesting, considering it was reported last week that Iglesias would be the placeholder in the rotation to begin the year. Lorenzen has allowed just two earned runs in 11 innings this spring, but has eight walks against seven strikeouts. He could ultimately be a bullpen option, though the Reds may also opt to keep him stretched out as rotation insurance.
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that team hasn't decided who the fifth starter will be to begin the season, MLB.com reports.
Impact: It was reported last week that Iglesias would be the placeholder for Homer Bailey (forearm) in the rotation to begin the year, but apparently the Reds haven't set anything in stone. Iglesias struggled against the Brewers on Friday, giving up two home runs in the first inning, and he's been inconsistent throughout spring training. Meanwhile, Mike Lorenzen, the other top option for the fill-in job, has posted a 1.64 ERA in 11 spring innings, albeit with more walks (8) than strikeouts (7). Cincinnati doesn't need a fifth starter until April 12, and Price said the team may "do a lot of finagling with the roster before that." When asked if Iglesias will eventually go to the bullpen or to Triple-A to develop as a starter, Price said, "I imagine he might be a little of both this year, and where he does it, I just don't know yet."
News: The Reds are content to use Negron as their backup to Zack Cozart at shortstop, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: This dampens the chances that Ivan DeJesus Jr. or Irving Falu makes the team, and the Reds have already sent down Eugenio Suarez. Negron could get a handful of starts at short in place of Cozart if Cozart gets off to a similarly bad beginning to the season as he did last year.