Burke injured in Reds camp, likely out for two weeks

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Chris Burke; Photo by grovesa16 via Flickr

Yesterday we re-tweeted Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer John Fay’s report that Louisville-native and St. X alum Chris Burke had been injured in Reds camp. Now Fay has more information about the injury and it appears Burke will miss at least two weeks with a broken right ring finger. Burke, who is competing for a utility spot on the Reds bench, injured the finger trying to catch a routine popup.

“I was going to catch it with two hands, like you’ve been taught since you were 5 years old,” Burke told Fay. “I put that hand in there a little too quick. It tipped off the finger. It caught me square.” Reds manager Dusty Baker added, “Very tough break. I was talking to him today about how to stay ready. . . work on your legs, come back in great, great shape. Keep your other arm strong, which is lead arm for hitting…It’s better to get hurt early than in the middle or late. He still could be in our plans. This guy was a good player in Houston.” (Read more)

Downs competing for closer job; NKU, UofL recaps

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Scott Downs; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Some afternoon notes for your Thursday:

  • Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports the Blue Jays might go with a closer-by-committee including University of Kentucky alum Scott Downs.
  • Chad Hensley of The Northerner, Northern Kentucky University’s independent student newspaper, reports on the Norse’s weekly baseball honors.
  • The Courier-Journal reports on the University of Louisville‘s 4-0 start.
  • Debbie Harbsmeier of WHAS reports on UofL’s victory over Morehead State University.
  • John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer talks to Reds manager Dusty Baker about a number of past and likely future Louisville Bats including: Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce, Sam LeCure and Aroldis Chapman.

Reds Caravan to stop in Ky.; Hot Rods participate in Offseason prospects camp; Eastern gets indoor facility

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The hot stove league is still chugging along at a snails pace as Spring Training gets closer by the day. Check out some offseason updates from local media below:
  • The Cincinnati Reds Winter Caravan will stop in Louisville on Jan. 28 and in Lexington on Jan. 31. The Louisville stop will be at the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Lexington visit will be at the Fayette Mall.
  • Manager Dusty Baker, outfielder Jay Bruce and 2009 Louisville Bat Todd Frazier will be among those participating in the Kentucky events.
  • Former UK pitcher Adam Revelette is now blogging for University of Kentucky Athletics at “Cat Scratches.”
  • Carrie Muskat of the MLB.com reports 2009 Louisville Bats reliever Jeff Kennard has signed a Minor League contract with the Chicago Cubs and received and invitation to Spring Training.
  • 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods Tim Beckham, Jake Jefferies, Nick Barnese and Matt Moore participated in the Tampa Bay Rays Winter Development Program according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com.
  • Eastern High School in Louisville has opened just the third indoor high school batting facility in the city, Derek Poore of The Courier Journal reports.