Mosby hopes for healthy season
By Marc Katz
Dayton Daily News
FORT MYERS, FLA. | He just missed a long home run down the left field line when it curved foul at the last instant, but Bobby Mosby stayed with the at-bat and drove in a run with a ground ball anyway Wednesday afternoon.
It happened on a field behind Hammond Stadium, where the Twins play during Spring Training. Mosby, part of the Reds-stocked Dayton Dragons, played a team of soon-to-be Beloit Snappers.
Unfortunately, the future Snappers stockpiled five runs in the ninth to beat the Dragons, 7-6, although the Dayton team was not using a pitcher it plans on bringing north at the time.
Mosby is coming off a disappointing year, one cut short by first a knee, then hand injury, limiting him to 52 games with the Dragons.
"Basically, it was just mentally tough for me," Mosby said, flashing a customary wide smile. "Hopefully, this year will be injury free."
A former football player, Mosby worked toward that goal in the off-season, shedding about 30 pounds. He's still at 260, but the difference shows. A power hitter with 19 homers at Rookie Billings in 2004, Mosby was counted on to post big numbers with the Dragons. He eventually hit nine home runs and had a .245 batting average, but it was a start-and-stop season.
Now he's ready to play again and will DH as well as share first base with J.D. Roberts.
• Al Cavallaro watched a few innings of Wednesday's game. He lives in nearby Cape Coral. Cavallaro said he'd visit Fifth Third Field in Dayton, too. He's Dayton manager Billy Gardner Jr.'s father-in-law.
• Gardner didn't seem to mind the loss. "I'm not overly worried about Spring Training results," he said. He did like some things he saw, such as the four stolen bases, two by shortstop Eric Eymann and one each from second baseman Michael Dejesus and outfielder B.J. Szymanski.
• It appears fewer players will be left behind at extended spring training than in the past. New director of development Johnny Almaraz has already released more players than usual for the Reds, and said he hopes to have only 38 (a rather specific number) left behind when camp breaks Sunday.
• Former major league pitcher Ted Power, who also was Dayton's pitching coach for a year, is a full time rehab instructor now. Power, who moved from Cincinnati to Sarasota with his wife during the last year, was helping out the Reds when he suggested the new position.
"Now we have someone here all the time instead of just a trainer to work out with the rehab pitchers," Power said. His title is Pitching Rehabilitation Coordinator.
Contact Marc Katz at 225-2157.