Salmon also credits picking up the split-fingered fastball in 2005 for helping him advance through the ranks. On the advice of Chattanooga manager Jayhawk Owens, Salmon began tinkering with the pitch and later honed it in the Puerto Rican winter league two winters ago."It just seemed to click," Salmon said. "I got a lot of confidence with it and it seemed to carry over into last year. I faced a lot of big-league hitters over there and I kind of wanted to see how my stuff was against guys like that. It was good competition." Lohse update: Reds pitcher Kyle Lohse will make his next start on Monday in a simulated game. Lohse is trying to return from a strained right hamstring suffered during his March 2 outing vs. the Twins. The right-hander expected to throw around 75 pitches in the session. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday. "We're not taking any chances with it," Lohse said on Saturday morning. "We just want to be cautious." During the simulated games, Lohse doesn't have to put any extra stress on his legs, such as running to cover first base on a ground ball. "We're just worried about arm strength right now," Lohse said. "The legs will come later." Special guests: Reds shortstop great Davey Concepcion arrived on Friday to be a guest instructor at the big-league camp. Concepcion is expected to spend 10 days helping the infielders and with base running. Former Reds infielder Doug Flynn is also in camp working as a guest instructor. Coming up: Eric Milton will be making his third start for the Reds this spring when they host the Pirates 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to start for Pittsburgh.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.