Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Local Sports News and Notes

* The Bengals have signed their first round pick Jermaine Gresham. Gresham signed a five year $15.85 million contract on Monday. Unlike Andre Smith last year who spent his holdout eating Cheetos, Gresham has been working out at the University of Oklahoma to prepare for camp. With Gresham coming into camp that means Jim Lippincott will have to pay an early morning visit to a player this morning....we will see who gets the ax.

* Reds starting shortstop Orlando Cabrerra will be placed on the disabled list. Cabrera strained his oblique swinging the bat in the 9th inning against Pittsburgh Monday night. I am assuming that Paul Janish would step up to be the starter. Hopefully Cabrerra will not be out long, Janish gives you similar defense but typically not a great bat.

* Looks like Chris Heisey will be taking over as the starting Center Fielder for now. Stubbs has been awful at the plate the last few weeks and Heisey has been showing a great deal of consistency. I doubt they send Stubbs down to Louisville, hopefully he will be able to get his stroke back.

* John Calipari announced on Facebook Sunday night that Darnell Dodson will not be traveling to Canada with the Kentucky Wildcats next week and all indications point will not be academically eligible to play for Kentucky next season. Rumors of Dodson leaving the team have been around all summer. First, assistant Rick Robic indicated Dodson would be on the team back in July. Now Calipari confirms that he will be out.

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