Reds rough up Danks, Sox
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cincinnati Reds hurt John Danks’ feelings and his ERA.
Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce hit consecutive home runs Tuesday, and the Cincinnati Reds tagged Danks and the White Sox, 10-6.
Brandon Phillips singled twice in his first game since returning to the Reds from the World Baseball Classic. Cincinnati roughed up Danks for 10 runs on 11 hits and two walks in 31/3 innings.
“I don’t know the last time, if ever, I gave up 10 runs,” Danks said. “It hurts your feelings a little bit.”
Heisey’s third spring home run came with two runners on. He also had an RBI single in the first. Bruce hit his fourth spring homer – half of his eight spring hits have been homers and two have come in consecutive games.
Adam Dunn hit a long three-run homer off Homer Bailey in the first. Bailey pitched 41/3 innings, just short of his scheduled five after allowing five runs and nine hits. It was Dunn’s fourth of the spring.
The Reds’ hitters took advantage of Danks, who had surgery on his rotator cuff last year. Danks may need more time to get ready for the season.
“It’s not what he would want or where he is going to be eventually,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It is still a work in progress. He feels fine. We’ll look at him tomorrow to see where he’s at. We have options, but we want to talk to him first. He has enough time. The window is closing though. We will look at him tomorrow and kind of assess that.”
Danks said he feels fine.
“I have to make better pitches than that,” Danks said. “I physically feel OK. I know there are going to be good days and bad. I felt good enough to throw today. I felt like when I made a good pitch it would get hit and when I made a bad pitch it would definitely get hit.”
Notes: The Sox optioned right-hander Deunte Heath and infielder Brent Morel to Triple-A Charlotte. The Sox reassigned left-hander Daniel Moskos, infielder Carlos Sanchez and right-hander Zach Stewart to minor league camp. ... Sox catcher Tyler Flowers played his first game since missing two games with pain in his lower back. ... The Sox are planning to play Dunn in left field against Arizona today. ... The Reds reassigned 22-year-old outfielder Billy Hamilton to the minor league camp. The switch-hitter set a minor league record with 155 stolen bases last season while playing in Double-A and Single-A. He played in 12 games with the Reds this spring, batting .174 with three steals. “He needs to go play,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He hasn’t been switch-hitting that long. He has some ways to go. Let’s not rush him. Let him develop.” ... Ryan Freel’s father, who lives in Tucson, had a conversation with Baker after the game. Freel, a former Reds player, committed suicide in December. ... Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo missed his fourth game with back spasms. Derrick Robinson played in place of Choo and got three hits, raising his spring average to .350.