Baker impressed with Arredondo

Reds' Baker impressed with Arredondo

Baker impressed with Arredondo
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Dusty Baker is getting his first real look at relief pitcher Jose Arredondo this spring. Last year, Arredondo missed the whole season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

There have been no health issues in camp to this point. Arredondo threw in the bullpen on Thursday and was popping the catcher's mitt loudly with his 90-plus-mph stuff. The right-hander can reach the mid-90s.

"He's going to open some eyes, too," Baker said on Friday. "He has a live arm and it was real live with the Angels. I was a bit surprised the Angels didn't wait on him, because he pitched good for them. They must have been deep. But I'm glad we've got him."

Arredondo, who the Reds signed before last year's camp knowing he'd need surgery, was 10-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 52 appearances during his 2008 rookie season with the Angels.

In a 2009 season split between the Angels and Triple-A while bothered by a sprained ligament, the 26-year-old Arredondo had a 6.00 ERA in 43 big league appearances.