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Gonzalez looks healthy in Reds' win over Futures

Saturday, April 4, 2009

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Gonzalez proved his fitness in the field and at the plate.

The Cincinnati Reds shortstop made an outstanding play in the field and doubled in a run in a 9-6 victory over the club's top minor leaguers.

Gonzalez, who also turned two double plays, missed all of last season with a compression fracture in his left knee and strained his right hamstring in a Grapefruit League game on March 23.

"I'm ready to go," Gonzalez said. "I'm excited to be back in uniform and with my teammates. Monday will be a big day for me."

Gonzalez ranged behind third and made a strong throw to first to take a hit away from one prospect, earning raves from manager Dusty Baker.

"This guy's one of the best I've seen," Baker said.

Edwin Encarnacion and Jerry Hairston Jr. each hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which lost 12-4 to the prospects on Friday night. Johnny Cueto allowed one run and four hits in four innings.

Chris Valaika, the Reds' minor league player of the year in 2008, hit a three-run homer and Todd Frazier had a two-run shot for the Futures team.

"I saw some good things from them," Baker said. "I saw some good arms, quick bats and some power. This organization is going places."


Regular C Ramon Hernandez played first base for the Reds. ... Cincinnati need to trim five players by Sunday afternoon. "We'll go back and talk about it," Baker said. "The last five cuts will be tough ones."

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