Just heard one Met beatwriter bet another that Micah Owings will have two hits, including a homer, off of Oliver Perez on Thursday.
The rest of the rotation looks like this:
Wednesday vs. Mets: RHP Edinson Volquez vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey
Thursday vs. Mets: RHP Micah Owings vs. LHP Oliver Perez
Friday vs. Pirates: RHP Johnny Cueto vs. RHP Jeff Karstens
Saturday vs. Pirates: RHP Aaron Harang vs. LHP Paul Maholm
Sunday vs. Pirates: RHP Bronson Arroyo vs. RHP Ian Snell
Today's transaction, the Reds officially purchase the contract of OF Laynce Nix from Class AAA Louisville. Nix will wear 17, Darnell McDonald will wear No. 16.
Bronson Arroyo has started throwing right now (9:50). Dick Pole's headed out to the bullpen. I'm gonna head downstairs.
UPDATE (11:03 a.m.): Players are out in the rain throwing right now. There's been reports of snow flakes coming down. I haven't seen 'em yet.
So, talked to Bronson Arroyo who said he threw 40 pitches in his bullpen and felt great. He still hopes to throw on Thursday.
He said the 40 pitches was a bit more than he'd usually throw this far out, but he thew a few more "just to let them know I'm not full of (it) when I said I'm good to go."
After the swelling from the cortisone went down, Arroyo said his arm felt great. He compared what he was doing before to shooting free throws with a glove on, you can do the action, but you have no touch.
Bullpen coach Porky Lopez caught his session.
Micah Owings also said he hasn't been told he'd start on Thursday for Arroyo.
* Willy Taveras said he feels "a lot better." He had been sidelined with the flu, but said he'd be available if needed today.