TODAY’S SPRING TRAINING NOTEBOOK
From Rob Butcher…
TRANSACTIONS: The Reds signed to a 1-year contract through the 2012 season, with a mutual option for 2013, OF Ryan Ludwick; designated for assignment RHP Carlos Fisher; signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp LHP Jeff Francis.
SPRING TRAINING: The equipment truck headed to the Reds’ Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona will be loaded at Gate 3 tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to noon and will head west Friday morning…pitchers and catchers report Sunday, February 19.
MLB FAN CAVE NEWS: Emily Szink, a University of Dayton graduate from Kettering, is 1 of 50 finalists vying to be a contestant for the 2012 MLB Fan Cave…through Wed, 2/22 fans can vote for their favorites at mlbfancave.com.
BASEBALL IQ: Tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. ET, Reds scoreboard operator Rich Linville will face Josh DeFamio, the Diamondbacks’ supervisor of dbTV graphics, in the second round of MLB Network’s Baseball IQ quiz show…Linville is playing on behalf of the Reds Community Fund, while DeFamio is representing the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation…Linville advanced in his bracket by defeating Steve Morse, an account manager for premium seating for the Pirates.