News: DeSclafani started Wednesday's spring training game and pitched two innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits.
Impact: DeSclafani is considered a favorite to win one of the two open spots (three, if Homer Bailey isn't ready to begin the season) in the Reds rotation. "I felt really good, I felt like everything was working," DeSclafani said. "It's the same plan as always, just attack hitters. It feels good to get the first one out of the way."
News: Votto (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup for Thursday, but he's not that far away from playing, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Donald Lutz will get the start at first base Thursday. "You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," manager Bryan Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there."