Reds being cautious with Iglesias' injuries

Reds being cautious with Iglesias' injuries

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds did not have an update Tuesday on reliever Raisel Iglesias, who was scratched from a Minor League game on Saturday because of a stiff right elbow. Iglesias is also dealing with an unspecified back issue, according to manager Bryan Price.

However, Price said Iglesias' health is improving.

"We just want to make sure everything is OK with his elbow and his back before he's released back into activity," Price said. "The initial thing was to give him some time off and he should be OK. We did a little bit more of a thorough once-over with the elbow and the back just to make sure there's no reason to really slow him down completely."

Adleman survives another comebacker
Tim Adleman was struck by a comebacker on Monday for the third time in his last four appearances this spring. Fortunately, the right-hander has avoided serious injury.

"It's sometimes hard to defend yourself there," Price said. "It has been interesting that in three of his last four outings he's been hit by a line drive. The good fortune is only once has he been knocked out of the game because of it."

Adleman, competing for a rotation job, has been struck in the right shoulder, foot and the inside of his left quad.

Said Price: "What body parts are left?"

Feldman once homered off Arroyo
Scott Feldman, named the Reds' Opening Day starter on Monday, homered off Bronson Arroyo on May 24, 2013, in the only game he has ever pitched at Great American Ball Park.

Feldman, then with the Cubs, took Arroyo deep for a two-run homer to right field in the second inning. It's Feldman's only homer in 66 plate appearances over his 12-year career.

Feldman's first career homer

While Feldman is starting Opening Day, April 3 against the Phillies at home, Arroyo is trying to lock down one of the remaining three spots in the rotation.

"Let's hope he doesn't have an opportunity to do the same this year," Price said. "I would like Bronson to be pitching for us this year. I'd like to have them both pitching for us this year. They can hit homers off other pitchers."

Arroyo hit six homers in 279 plate appearances with the Reds from 2006-13.

Reds reach .500
The Reds are 12-12-1 in the Cactus League following Monday's 10-6 win over the Royals, and Price is pleased his club is back to the .500 mark this spring.

"We don't go take the field to lose, we take the field to win the game," Price said. "But, as a manager, you have to prioritize getting the guys in shape, getting guys numbers of at-bats, numbers of innings pitched, moving players around to different positions defensively, taking some risks, green lighting guys to steal bases, asking guys to be more aggressive on dirtball reads, not pitching situationally, not pinch-hitting for the pitcher.

"You don't really necessarily strategically play the game to win, you play the game to get your players the best opportunities. But winning along the way is a lot better than losing the game and constantly saying, 'Hey, we're just getting the guys in shape.' It does make a difference to shake hands at the end of the day and feel good about it. A win sometimes does kind of rubber stamp that your guys are doing some good things."

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.