Reds manager Bryan Price: ‘I expect us to be a really strong ballclub’

Reds manager Bryan Price argues with an umpire following the ejection of reliever Ross Ohlendorf on May 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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Reds manager Bryan Price argues with an umpire following the ejection of reliever Ross Ohlendorf on May 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

It is all present and accounted for at Reds camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Thursday morning. It’s day No. 3 on the field for pitchers and catchers while the rest of the squad go through physicals this morning. The first full-squad workout is set for Friday morning.

Three things you need to know for today:

1. “I expect for us to be a really strong ballclub this year.” That from Bryan Price, who sat down with TV reporters today. The Reds manager says it time to stop making excuses for what he called a young team with talent and it’s time to have a higher expectation for the 2017 team.

2. General Manager Dick Williams says he’s always open to talk about a trade, but said this morning he thinks the big moves, for the most part, are done. “The first couple of weeks are usually quiet for most teams,” he said. “But then you start to see what your talent level is and what your needs might be. The last couple of weeks of the spring is when things can start to pick up again.”

3. It might be difficult to get spring workouts off to a fast start this week. After several sunny days for pitchers and catchers, rain is in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday.