Saturday, July 22, 2006

Injury free - knock, knock

Things have been so bad the past few years in the Reds minor league system that success is being measured in surgeries.

Reds GM Wayne Krivsky likes the number he’s seen so far this season – zero.

“Knock on wood, we haven’t had a surgery in the minor leagues on a pitcher,” Krivsky said prior to tonight's game. “We’re doing something right there. That was the concern coming in, the number of injuries we’ve had in recent years.”

Krivsky discussed the improvements made in the Reds' farm system for next week's Downtowner Newspaper column.

Although wins often take a back seat to player development, the two often go hand in hand.

Through 450 games, the Reds' minor league affiliates have gone 233-217 with three clubs (Triple-A Louisville, Double-A Chattanooga and Rookie League Billings) residing in first place.

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