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    Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    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.

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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    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.
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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Left unsaid is that DeWayne Wise and Quinton McCracken were safe bets to make the roster.

    Ugh.
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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Quote Originally Posted by doug flynn
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    Are you allowed to say this in polite company?
    ". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008

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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    Are you allowed to say this in polite company?
    Only after paying a $1.
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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Glad to see this, he has nothing left to do in AAA.
    Go Gators!

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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    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.

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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Denorfia makes Freel and/or Kearns expendable IMO.
    (Freel is NOT going to be our starting 2B...like it or not).
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    Re: Denorfia likely on Opening Day roster

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper
    (Freel is NOT going to be our starting 2B...like it or not).
    Only player F likes it.
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