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.
|Drew Stubbs CF
||Dustin Ackley 2B|
|Josh Wilson SS|
Joey Votto 1B
||Milton Bradley DH|
|Justin Smoak 1B|
||Matt Tuiasosopo LF|
|Michael Saunders CF|
C||Chris Gimenez RF|
|Luis Rodriguez 3B|
|Adam Moore C|