Took this photo as the Joe Morgan ceremony was wrapping up. Not sure how clearly you can see it from this distance, but that’s Joe on the stage in the red jacket. Most of the former Reds players who came out for this event wore red blazers, and those who didn’t wore various colored suits. Only one didn’t wear a suit. That would be the always-classy Pete Rose. He wore a T-shirt and a camouflage cap.
It’s sunny and a little hazy here today, but not as hot or humid as you would expect for a 1 p.m. start on the first week of September in the Midwest. Quite pleasant, actually, and a great pitching matchup awaits between newly named National League Pitcher of the Month Zack Greinke (14-3, 2.78) and Reds right-hander Mat Latos (14-5, 2.98), who shut down the Dodgers, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings on July 25 at Dodger Stadium, the Reds’ only win in that four-game series.
Speaking of pitching, Don Mattingly sounded optimistic this morning that Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday night against Arizona pending the results of Ryu’s bullpen session tomorrow. Ryu was scratched earlier this week from last night’s game because of mid-back stiffness. Chris Capuano, meanwhile, who started in place of Ryu last night and left in the second inning with a left-groin strain, did some work with Stan Conte on the field this morning and still could make his next scheduled start pending the outcome of his next bullpen session, which could be tomorrow or back in Los Angeles on Monday. But with the rotation the way it is right now, it’s anybody’s guess when that next scheduled start would be.
Brace yourself: Mattingly has announced the Edinson Volquez WILL start Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks. That could mean Thursday for Capuano if he feels up to it, or it could mean he is pushed back to the next time that fifth spot would come up next Sunday against the Giants, or he could just be slotted in somewhere.