Notes: Arroyo kicks off Reds career

Notes: Arroyo kicks off Reds career with start

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Bronson Arroyo's career with the Reds launched on Saturday, as did what the pitcher hoped would be only a brief period of adjustment.

His pitching line wasn't spectacular. Facing the Twins, Arroyo completed five innings and gave up six runs (five earned) with seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

The right-hander also admitted to not being in sync yet with his new catcher, Jason LaRue.

"I wasn't pleased with the results, but I felt strong in my first couple of innings," Arroyo said. "Working with Jason will take a few times to get on the same wavelength, as far as pitch selection and how I want to approach getting guys out."

Acquired Monday from Boston for outfielder Wily Mo Pena, Arroyo also got his first bailing out from Cincinnati's high-octane lineup. He left the game down, 6-3, but the Reds belted four home runs and earned an 11-9 victory.

"Tell you what, if they keep doing that all year, I'll be super happy," Arroyo said.

Coming off a 1-2-3 second inning, Arroyo endured a rough third inning. He issued back-to-back one-out walks and, with two outs, allowed Glenn Williams' two-run homer to right field. A long double and an RBI single up the middle followed before he got out of the jam.

Arroyo, who lowered his spring ERA to 9.72 with the outing, said he's had difficulty getting command of his fastball. He was hit hard in his first three starts for Boston before turning in five scoreless innings last Sunday.

The 29-year-old said he'll probably shake off pitch selections from LaRue for a while, but that he's always worked that way with his previous catcher -- Boston All-Star Jason Varitek.

"I shook off Varitek more than anyone in the rotation," Arroyo said. "We'd like to get it down [with LaRue] to where, if I am shaking him off, he knows what the next choice is instead of going through three or four."

Arroyo, who signed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with the Red Sox this past offseason, believed he had gotten over the initial shock of being dealt.

"I'm pretty cool now," he said. "The first few days were definitely rough. Once you get in the game, start playing with the guys, you start getting a little more cohesive and used to everyone around you and how they play, the different personalities and stuff. It'll all come together pretty quick."

Frustrated: The sight of Dewayne Wise walking on crutches with a protective boot over his sprained left ankle Saturday morning confirmed what was already expected.

Spring Training is over for the non-roster outfielder.

"He's going to be out for a while," manager Jerry Narron said. "It's doubtful he'll play in a game down here. We'll see how long it takes him to get ready."

In the second inning of Friday night's game against Tampa Bay, Wise was trying to steal second base and stopped awkwardly as Rich Aurilia flew out. The ankle rolled underneath him, and the 28-year-old needed help off the field after several moments on the ground.

Wise knew then that his chance to win a reserve outfielder's job was kaput.

"I had tears in my eyes last night," said Wise, who impressed this spring while batting .298 (14-for-47) with four homers and seven RBIs in 17 games. "I didn't sleep last night. It was on my mind."

Since Wise is signed to a Minor League deal, the Reds don't have to place him on the disabled list. He is expected to be on crutches for up to four days and could resume baseball activity in a couple of weeks.

Flexible lineup? The Reds fielded what appeared to be close to their Opening Day lineup against Minnesota. It looked like this -- second baseman Tony Womack, shortstop Felipe Lopez, center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, left fielder Adam Dunn, first baseman Rich Aurilia, right fielder Austin Kearns and LaRue.

One exception -- Scott Hatteberg is expected to get the bulk of time at first base over Aurilia. However, Narron felt the order could be adjusted several times throughout the season.

"Right now, Griffey is going to hit third. Other than that, I can't say where guys are going to hit," Narron said. "Lopez might hit one, two or probably fifth, sixth or seventh. Mostly one or two. Womack and [Ryan] Freel are going to hit one, two or eighth. Dunn is going to hit three, four or five. Kearns is going to hit anywhere from two to eight. LaRue probably two, seven and eight.

"You want me to keep going? If Javy [Valentin] is in there, there's no telling where he'll hit."

Seen and heard: Veteran outfielder Alex Sanchez was signed to a Minor League contract Saturday but was not invited to big-league camp. A journeyman player, Sanchez batted .324 in 62 games with the Devil Rays and Giants last season, but he also tested positive for steroids and became the first player suspended under the league's new performance-enhancing drug policy.

Infielder William Bergolla left the club this week to visit his mother, who is ill in Venezuela. Bergolla has been unable to play in a game all spring because of a groin strain.

Pitcher Jason Standridge accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. Standridge was taken off the 40-man roster Tuesday when the Reds acquired catcher David Ross in a trade.

Coming up: The Reds head to Winter Haven on Sunday for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Indians. Brandon Claussen is scheduled to start for Cincinnati against Cleveland right-hander Jason Davis.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.