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doug flynn
04-01-2006, 06:49 AM
Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster
Reds notebook
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SARASOTA, Fla. - It has been widely assumed that the last two position players on the Reds' roster would be chosen from Jacob Cruz, Andy Abad, Frank Menechino and Brian Buchanan.

But don't be surprised if Chris Denorfia, who was optioned out March 23, gets one of the spots.

The Reds added left-hander Jon Coutlangus to the 40-man roster Friday. Cruz, Abad, Buchanan and Menechino are all non-roster players, putting the Reds in a roster crunch.


Denorfia is also the best defensive outfielder and baserunner of the bunch.

With Dewayne Wise (ankle) and Quinton McCracken (foot/ankle) both hurt, bringing up Denorfia until they get healthy makes sense.

Denorfia, 25, was the Reds' minor-league player of the year last year.

He impressed general manager Wayne Krivsky with his hustle and all-round play.

"There's nothing I don't like about him," Krivsky said at the time Denorfia was optioned.

Denorfia was sent to Triple-A Louisville so he could play every day. But with McCracken and Wise out of the picture, he could get playing time as the Reds' fourth outfielder.

Cruz, Menechino, Abad and Buchanan were basically told they'd find out by this morning if they made the club.

"All four guys have done a good job for us," Narron said. "One might make the club; all four might make the club."

The reason for the uncertainty is the Reds are waiting on the health of Jason LaRue. If the Reds decide he's close enough to be active on Opening Day, they might carry three catchers, meaning only one more position player would make it.

StillFunkyB
04-01-2006, 07:05 AM
Unless he is going to play, alot, then I think he should have started at AAA.

Doesn't make much sense to have guys like Aurilia, and Hatteberg in the lineup with Deno sitting on the bench.

RedlegNation
04-01-2006, 10:03 AM
Left unsaid is that DeWayne Wise and Quinton McCracken were safe bets to make the roster.

Ugh.

cincinnati chili
04-01-2006, 10:31 AM
Coutlangus

Are you allowed to say this in polite company?

Heath
04-01-2006, 12:17 PM
Are you allowed to say this in polite company?

Only after paying a $1.

KronoRed
04-01-2006, 01:02 PM
Glad to see this, he has nothing left to do in AAA.

membengal
04-01-2006, 07:00 PM
Echo. Glad Denorfia is coming north. Hopefully he will stay up, plenty of speed and defense and a good stick with some upside on him. Like this team a lot better with him as an option.

oneupper
04-01-2006, 07:33 PM
Denorfia makes Freel and/or Kearns expendable IMO.
(Freel is NOT going to be our starting 2B...like it or not).

KronoRed
04-02-2006, 12:05 AM
(Freel is NOT going to be our starting 2B...like it or not).
Only player F likes it.