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    Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut

    Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut
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    By Hal McCoy

    Staff Writer

    Wednesday, April 02, 2008

    CINCINNATI At this time last season, 22-year-old Johnny Cueto was basking in the sun in Florida, pitching for the Class A Sarasota Reds. Fast forward one year, and here he is, wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform and making his major-league debut.

    Manager Dusty Baker was asked if he would impart words of wisdom in Cueto's ears before he trudges to the mound to face the Arizona Diamondbacks today, April 3.

    "He has enough people talking to him," Baker said. "We have Dickie here (pitching coach Dick Pole), we have Mario here (former Reds pitching great Mario Soto), we have (closer) Francisco Cordero here. We have a lot of people talking to him.

    "I just want him to be natural, pretend it's the same game which it is, no matter where you are," Baker added. "I don't think he'll be any different if we get him through the early innings. Just get him throwing strikes early, and it will be no problem.

    Soto, a roving instructor, wouldn't normally be with the Reds, as he is for this homestand, "Before I go open our academy in the Dominican."

    Soto said when he made his debut in 1977, "I was nervous, gave up a double to the first hitter, but I was always nervous. I was nervous before my last start. I've talked to Cueto all spring about how it's all baseball, just in a different place. All he needs is to get that first one out of the way."

    Gonzalez takes BP

    Shortstop Alex Gonzalez took live on-the-field batting practice for the first time before Wednesday's game, wearing shorts and a cumbersome brace on the left knee that put him on the disabled list.

    "I can hit and take ground balls with no pain, but the problem is when I pound on it when I run," he said. "It hurts a little, but not as much as two and three weeks ago. But I don't want to play with this brace on."

    Baker is pleased with Gonzalez's progress.

    "He is looking pretty good, but still apprehensive to make certain moves because that brace is not comfortable to him," said Baker. "The toughest part is to get over the psychological stigma that you might hurt it again. There are still a lot of things he has to do sliding and stopping and starting and turning corners is where it gets tough."

    The Votto plan

    Joey Votto was at first base Wednesday, but Scott Hatteberg returns this afternoon.

    "I don't want Votto on the bench too long," said Baker, noting that Hatteberg will face Doug Davis today. "Hattie is usually better against lefties than Joey has been. Joey will be, eventually. I'd like to play Joey a lot more, and if he starts swinging better, it makes it easier."

    Votto hit .206 this spring to Hatteberg's .386, but Hatteberg was 0-for-4.

    Quote of the day

    Adam Dunn's haircut was a real ear-lowering affair, shorn so much he looks like the old movie character Billy Jack.

    When Scott Hatteberg saw it, he said, "You have heard chunks hitting the floor."

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    Re: Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut

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    The Votto plan

    Joey Votto was at first base Wednesday, but Scott Hatteberg returns this afternoon.

    "I don't want Votto on the bench too long," said Baker, noting that Hatteberg will face Doug Davis today. "Hattie is usually better against lefties than Joey has been. Joey will be, eventually. I'd like to play Joey a lot more, and if he starts swinging better, it makes it easier."
    Would Scott Hatteberg really be that much worse, defensively, than Javier Valentin at catcher? I know we've covered this a million times already, but having both Votto and Hatteberg is so redundant. :deadhorse

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    Re: Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    Would Scott Hatteberg really be that much worse, defensively, than Javier Valentin at catcher? I know we've covered this a million times already, but having both Votto and Hatteberg is so redundant. :deadhorse
    Hatteberg can't throw anymore......
    "Is there a problem officers?"

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    Re: Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut

    Quote Originally Posted by red-in-la View Post
    Hatteberg can't throw anymore......
    I'm not too sure he ever could throw.

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    Re: Cueto getting plenty of advice for debut

    Quote Originally Posted by red-in-la View Post
    Hatteberg can't throw anymore......
    That's my point. What is Valentin so good at that prevents Hatteberg from being the backup catcher?


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