Reds GM has better start than his team
By TOM USHER
CINCINNATI – Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky is doing his part.
He’s already made a big trade and is constantly looking for ways to make the Reds competitive.
All this in just two months on the job.
“I’m happy with some of the moves we’ve been able to make,” Krivsky said before the Reds 16-7 Opening Day loss to the Cubs Monday. “Adding Bronson Arroyo, and prior to that signing Scott Hatteberg, we felt we’ve improved our team overall. If we moved an outfielder, to get a pitcher, we wanted him to step right in. Defensively, with him (Hatteberg) at first and (Adam) Dunn in left, we feel we’re a better team. Adding Bronson Arroyo to the rotation improved us immeasurably and that’s not a knock of Wily Mo Pena (who was traded to the Red Sox for Arroyo). Then, we claimed a few people off waivers….We’ll be all about try to improve every chance we get.
“We also got (catcher) David Ross, who might be most under stated move we’ve made so far. He wasn’t even a blip on the radar and he’s made a nice impression so far. With Jason LaRue going down, I’d hate to think where we’d be without him.”
INJURY UPDATE: Arthroscopic knee surgery last week prevented catcher Jason LaRue from making his sixth straight Opening Day start behind the plate. LaRue and right-hander Paul Wilson were both placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Wilson is coming off major right shoulder surgery.
“Paul Wilson is doing rehab work in Sarasota,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. I think he’ll be an opening day starter for extended spring. It’s going to be a day to day thing. Every time he goes out, we’ll evaluate and see where he is….He’s an extremely hard worker and very dedicated and will be back as soon as he possibly can from the surgery.
“Jason LaRue is coming along real well. There was the possibility of him playing at the end of this week, but I look for him to be ready to go the following week. With Jason, we did not want him to have any setbacks. We wanted him to be ready to go as soon as he was activated.”
TOM WALKER?: Cubs second baseman Todd Walker on meeting President George W. Bush before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday’s game, “I said, ‘Hey, how are you doing? My name’s Todd Walker.’ He said, ‘Hi, Tom, how are you?’ I guess I didn’t make too good of an impression.”
TOUGH FIRST INNING: The Reds gave up five runs in the first inning on Monday. It was the first time they gave up five in the first inning of the opener since 1877. The Reds lost on that day 24-6 to Louisville.
SEVEN-RUN SIXTH: The Cubs’ seven-run sixth inning was the most runs the Reds have allowed in one inning of an opener since giving up eight to the Giants in the second inning of the 1979 opener.
16-RUN DAY: The Cubs’ 16 runs were the most the Reds have given up on Opening Day since the opener against Louisville in 1877.
OPENING DAY: Cincinnati resident and jazz artist Kathy Wade sang the National Anthem.
GRAND MARSHAL: Reds Hall of Fame right-hander Mario Soto was the grand marshal of the 86th Findlay Market parade.
PITCHING LINES: Reds starter Aaron Harang gave up nine runs, six earned, in six innings. Chris Hammond faced two batters, didn’t get either out, and gave up two earned runs. In all, Reds’ pitchers gave up 16 runs, 10 earned on Monday.
BRRRR: The first-pitch temperature on Opening Day Monday was 50. However, a few innings later it was closer to 40, along with being windy and chilly. Cubs manager Dusty Baker said his starter Carlos Zambrano couldn’t feel the ball with his fingers because of the cold.
COLDEST OPENER: The coldest Reds’ opener was a 35-degree day on April 20, 1901.
OPENERS: The Reds stand 63-66-1 in home openers.
MOST WINS: Mario Soto and Will White are tied for the most victories on Opening Day with four.
MOST STRIKEOUTS: Gary Nolan owns the most strikeouts by a Reds’ pitcher on Opening Day. He struck out 12 in 1969.