Hoover might be the front-runner to win the Reds' open closer job, but he's not a sure thing, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “I’m going to wait and see,” manager Bryan Price said. “I think he’s certainly a front-runner for this opportunity, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be assigning roles for on the team just quite yet. We’ll see what the final roster looks like coming out of spring training. He’s absolutely in contention for the position.”
Mesoraco remains on track to be ready for the first day of camp on Feb. 18, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I've done everything," he said. "I've been hitting for a couple of months. Catching-wise, I've been blocking, throwing, receiving and doing just about everything with no pain."