CINCINNATI -- Since departing the Reds as a free agent after the 2010 season, pitcher Aaron Harang has been at Great American Ball Park as a visiting player. But Friday marked the first time he had faced the Reds when he took the mound for the Mariners.
"Aaron was the ace of the staff," said Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who arrived in 2006 and is the team's longest-tenured player. "I got off to a good start, and obviously, there was some camaraderie you're going to have amongst a couple of guys here. Especially for a lot of the few years here in the beginning, it was just him and I running out quality starts. We had guys hurt all the time and guys coming up from Triple-A.
"We just didn't have a solid staff we could depend on. We could really only depend on each other there for a while. I became a close to him and had a great time living in this locker room beside him."
Harang made 213 starts for Cincinnati from 2003-10 and had a 75-80 record with a 4.28 ERA. He led the National League in 2006 with 16 wins, 216 strikeouts and 35 starts.
Harang had a 32-17 record from 2006-07, his two best seasons in Cincinnati, but was a combined 18-38 over his final three seasons. Arroyo believed Harang deserved more appreciation from the fans.
"I think part of it was the two or three really good years he had here got stained a bit by what he did the last few years and just being injury prone, which wasn't normal of him," Arroyo said. "The numbers he put up in the years before that were absolutely astonishing."
Marshall's 'pen session likely to lead to another
CINCINNATI -- Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall is continuing to make progress toward a return from the disabled list, but plans for a rehab assignment have yet to be made.
Marshall, who has been on the DL for the second time since May 24 with a sprained left shoulder, threw a 39-pitch bullpen session Friday.
"It went great," Marshall said. "We'll see. We're just playing it day by day. I know they're planning a light toss tomorrow and a 'pen the next day. I will mix in some breaking balls and see how it goes."
Marshall threw primarily fastballs -- with some cut-fastballs and two-seamers part of the mix. He said he threw some sliders and curveballs only in the warm-up.
On Wednesday, Marshall did some throwing drills in center field, fielding balls and throwing them to a coach on the right-field line. The point of the drill was to incorporate his legs more into his throwing motion.
"A little less stress on my shoulder and a little more on my legs," Marshall said.
Reds' rainout presents scheduling dilemma
CINCINNATI -- The Reds on Friday were still determining options to make up Thursday's rained-out series finale against the Giants. The teams' afternoon game was called after a two-hour, 21-minute delay. There later proved to be a window where the game could possibly have been played.
The Giants, on the final day of a road trip, were not in favor of sticking around to play a night game Thursday. MLB vice president of scheduling and club relations Katy Feeney said there were conversations about the situation with the Giants, adding that San Francisco was "obviously, as any team would be, not happy" with having to wait around under the circumstances.
The problem, for both teams, is that the options for a rescheduled game are less than optimal.
"There are no easy solutions," Reds manager Dusty Baker said Friday.
The teams' only common off-day is Aug. 29 -- in the middle of a Reds road trip from St. Louis to Colorado. The day for the Giants is between road series at Colorado and Arizona.
"Not good," Feeney said Friday afternoon. "I haven't really discussed with Cincinnati what they, as the home team, might want to do. There is one mutual off-day in August. But both teams are on the road, so that would mean additional travel and that they would play 34 consecutive days."
That would be 10 days over the limit for both teams when a scheduling revision is in effect.
"We'd have to OK it with both teams and the union at the same time," Baker said. "When you're out of gas that late in the year, you don't get gas back until the off-season."
It is highly possible the game could be played Sept. 30, after the regular season concludes but before the start of the postseason. That would happen if the game had meaning for one or both clubs trying to make the playoffs or for seeding purposes in the postseason.
"It would be better to just not need it at the end of the year and start the playoffs; that would be perfect," Baker said.
One highly unlikely option floated by Giants skipper Bruce Bochy was that the makeup game be played at Coors Field because both teams would be coming or going to Colorado on Aug. 29.
Another option could be a day-night doubleheader at AT&T Park, where the Reds would be the home club.
Feeney noted that having games played at their originally scheduled sites is MLB's "first priority."
Bailey-Hanigan honored with former Reds battery
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and catcher Ryan Hanigan were honored on the field Friday for Bailey's second career no-hitter and the 16th in club history, pitched Tuesday. They were joined on the field by former Reds batterymates Jim Maloney and Johnny Edwards, who teamed for a 10-inning no-hitter Aug. 19, 1965, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
"He's got a chance to throw a bunch of them," Maloney said. "The Reds have several pitchers here capable of doing it."
Maloney and Bailey are among 31 Major Leaguers with multiple no-hitters and three in Reds history. Maloney's other no-no was against the Astros on April 30, 1969.
Maloney and Edwards happened to be in Cincinnati this week for events at Great American Ball Park and the Reds Hall of Fame. Maloney watched Bailey's no-hitter on television.
"To be honest with you, every game that I pitched, I wanted to pitch a perfect game," said Maloney, who later threw a ceremonial first pitch to Edwards before Cincinnati played the Mariners. "That's the way I tried to focus myself. If I give up a hit, I wanted to pitch a one-hit shutout. Any pitcher that doesn't know he's got a no-hitter through four or five innings, he's not into the game. I tried to pitch a no-hitter every time."