Majewski's Opening Day status iffy
BY JOHN FAY | JFAY@ENQUIRER.COM
SARASOTA, Fla. - It's looking more and more as if Gary Majewski will start the season somewhere other than in Cincinnati.
Majewski has accepted that.
"If it takes going to Triple-A on a rehab (stint), so be it," he said Saturday.
Majewski is still rehabbing after a shoulder problem put him on the disabled list last season.
He has yet to throw off the mound.
"I'm told it's a week to 10 days before (he throws) off the mound and does any more than he's doing now," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
Majewski is somewhere between playing catch and long tossing. He threw from 105 feet Saturday.
The build-up once a pitcher is cleared is to throw bullpen sessions every other day for a week or so, face live hitters every other day for a week or so, and then pitch in games.
Majewski won't be throwing off the mound until March 10 at the earliest. That probably isn't going to give him enough time to be ready to break camp with the Reds.
Majewski, a 27-year-old right-hander, came to the Reds in the July 13 trade with the Washington Nationals. He struggled from the time the Reds got him (he had a 12.54 ERA in 11 games before ending up on the disabled list from Aug. 7-31).
His injury led to a major controversy. The Reds claim the Nats withheld the fact that Majewski had a cortisone shot days before the trade and was on anti-inflammatories all season. The club plans to file a grievance over the deal, although a settlement could be reached.
Majewski says he's dealing with the wait well.
"It's not frustrating," he said. "They know what it was. It just takes time to build back up."
LOHSE UPDATE: Right-hander Kyle Lohse said his right hamstring was tight and sore Saturday. He strained it covering first base in the Reds' 5-2 win vs. Minnesota Friday.
"We're taking it day by day," he said. "We'll see how it feels."
HERMANSON PLAN: The Reds will try to have right-hander Dustin Hermanson face hitters in batting practice today.
"We just have a lot going on," Narron said.
E.Z. DOES IT: Right-hander Elizardo Ramirez was good in his spring debut - two innings, no runs, one infield hit - Friday against Minnesota.
Ramirez spent most of last season in the rotation before being shut down with shoulder soreness. He sort of has been overlooked - at least by the media and the fans - going into camp.
"He gave us some really good games last year," Narron said. "He's going to get a chance to pitch here this spring."
Ramirez is only 24, but he has pitched parts of two seasons in the big leagues.
ULTIMATE TRIP: Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. were going on a quick road trip to Columbus Saturday for UFC 68, a mixed-martial arts card. The plan was to fly up after Saturday's game, watch the fights and fly back early this morning - as in 1 or 2 a.m.
Dunn is buddies with Cincinnati middleweight Rich Franklin.
"I talked to him a few days ago," Dunn said. "He's ready."
MORE DUNN: Dunn worked in the offseason with non-roster shortstop Paul Janish.
"He's good," Dunn said. "I was hitting him fungos in the gym. I'm hitting them easy. Then he starts talking stuff. I said, 'All right, I'm hitting ropes.' We're using real baseballs on a hard floor. He just keeps picking them off like it's nothing."
INJURY REPORT: Jeff Conine (back) and Kyle Lohse (hamstring) are among the injured.
SEEN AND HEARD: Jerry Narron will go to Pirate City for the "B" game at 10 a.m. today. "I'm used to it," he said. "I don't think I ever missed a 'B' game as a player - or a trip."