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Cactus League Game 24: Reds vs. Mariners (RAIN OUT)

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Seattle Mariners

Monday, March 21, 2011

4:05 PM EDT
Goodyear Ballpark

Scott Carroll vs. David Pauley

TV: None; RADIO: 700 WLW;; WEB: Gameday, Gameday Audio

Windy, rainy. Game time temperature around 60.

Dismal conditions at the ballpark today - at least by Goodyear, AZ standards - so we'll see if they get this one in or not.

UPDATE: So dismal, in fact, they just couldn't bring themselves to play today.

But don't let the pathetic fallacy get to you. Here's some relatively good news about Johnny Cueto to brighten your day: he doesn't have a catastrophic injury. In fact, it's being described as an "inflammation" (a vague term sometimes used for phantom DL purposes) and the Reds are currently expecting a short recovery. Cuts have also come down. Depending on who you favor, this could be good, bad or indifferent. Dave Sappelt is still hanging tough.

A rotation has also been announced: Voquez, Bailey, Arroyo, Wood and then Leake.

Meanwhile, Arroyo has the flu and was scratched in favor of Scott Carroll. Deservedly or not, Scott Carroll made his biggest splash in national news when he tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended fifty games in 2008. Like Volquez, he was booked for a non-steroid substance used to stimulate testosterone levels. It's no fun casting aspersions or moralizing over, but since he's not on the 40-man, that's the lede for now. Since the ban, Carroll has put up respectable numbers, spending most of last season at AA Carolina.

Everyone in the front of the rotation seems to be going through some kind of issue. Cueto: Shoulder. Volquez: plate in-adhesion. Arroyo: Influenza. So the back-end guys will be called upon to come to the fore. Here's hoping for a pleasant and injury-free win. And listen to your actuaries - if it's raining, maybe better not risk it.


Cincinnati Reds seattle mariners
Drew Stubbs CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Josh Wilson SS
Joey Votto 1B
Milton Bradley DH
Scott Rolen 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Jonny Gomes LF Michael Saunders CF
Devin Mesoraco C
Chris Gimenez RF
Paul Janish SS Luis Rodriguez 3B
Scott Carroll P
Adam Moore C