Lorenzen impressive in bid for rotation spot

Williams struck by foul ball in dugout; Reed struggles in outing

February 24th, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As he tries to return to the rotation, following two-plus seasons as a reliever for the Reds, pitcher was pleased with his first spring start.

As the Reds took an 11-4 loss to the Rockies on Saturday, Lorenzen pitched two innings with one earned run, two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

"It felt great," Lorenzen said. "A lot of weak contact, tons of ground balls, ground-ball outs and strikeouts. That's what I'm looking for, especially at Great American Ball Park. I threw everything that I have to offer. Everything felt crisp, good."

Lorenzen threw all of his pitches -- the four-seam fastball, curveball, slider, changeup, and sinker. Following a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, he encountered some trouble in the second inning. A bloop double to left-center field by put a runner on, and he scored on a strikeout-wild pitch in the dirt to Tom Murphy.

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A throwing error by catcher allowed the run to score. A single to center field accounted for the other hit.

"The only thing that I'm going to go into my next bullpen is fastball command and just getting the timing down," Lorenzen said. "It's all timing and sequencing. It's going to get a lot more crisp."

Especially for his first game of spring, Reds manager Bryan Price felt Lorenzen was sharp.

"I thought he threw the ball really well. I was really pleased with the way he threw. He had a nice mix of pitches."

Williams struck by foul ball

There was a scary moment in the Reds dugout when outfielder was struck by a foul ball in the fourth inning. Williams, a non-roster invite, spent several moments lying on the dugout floor while being tended to by team trainers.

After several moments, Williams was able to sit on the bench and was later able to walk to a cart and be taken off of the field. He was holding a towel over his mouth.

"He got a cut across his chin or cheek," Price said after the game. "He may need a stitch or two. I'm hoping that's all it is."

Reed takes some lumps

Reds pitcher and bullpen candidate took the loss on Saturday after he replaced Lorenzen. Reed gave up four earned runs and five hits over two innings with no walks and two strikeouts. slugged a third-inning solo homer before three Colorado hits and three more runs came in the fourth.

"He got hit. You can live with that," Price said. "Last year, he struggled a bit with his command. Today, he was on the plate with his full assortment of pitches. Things will get better for him."

Siri suffered thumb injury

The news was not good for Reds outfielder and No. 22 prospect . On Saturday, Price noted that Siri injured the ligaments in his left thumb during Friday's game against Cleveland. He crashed into the wall during the eighth inning trying to catch a fly ball and had to leave the game.

"He'll be immobilized for some time," Price said. "We don't know how long. But he won't be in the lineup in the near future."

Price was disappointed for Siri, the organization's hitter of the year in the Minors last season at Class A Dayton, because he wanted to see him play.

"Now is the opportunity I'd have and the staff would have to see him perform," Price said. "I love the effort going out there and trying to run that ball down out there in center. He ends up trying to make a tough play on the fence."

Up next

In split-squad games that both begin at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Reds will host the Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on MLB.TV. Homer Bailey will make his spring debut against . At Glendale, the other group will face the White Sox with facing