“We’re trying to make as much as possible from this,” Kuhnel said. “It’s difficult, but it’s the same thing as anywhere else. You still have to go out there and get your work in and try to develop your stuff. We’re still going against live hitters, against our own hitters. It’s not against you know another Triple-A team but it’s the best we have right now in this weird time and situation, so you just have to make the best of it. Just keep working and working.”
The players arrive at Prasco Park at 1 p.m. each day. They have meetings at 2 and stretch at 3:15. Players then take batting practice, and they get ready for the games. They don’t play nine innings. The games last from two to six innings, Kuhnel said, depending on who’s pitching.
“The other day we had Tony (Santillan) and Nick Lodolo going at it,” Kuhnel said. “One had five innings. The other had five innings. We just watched that and cheered them on.”
Kuhnel joined the 28-man big-league roster Saturday and allowed two earned runs in one inning Sunday as the Reds lost 9-3 to the Brewers. The Reds (7-9) don’t play Monday and start a two-game series at Great American Ball Park against the Kansas City Royals at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Kuhnel tried to make the most of his time at Prasco Park even through it got redundant pitching to the same batters over and over again.
“At the same time, you’re still trying to make your pitch,” Kuhnel said. “You’re still trying to work on the stuff that you need to work on. It’s good because there are times when you get up here, especially in our league play when you’re gonna be facing guys you know five, six, seven times in the span of possibly two weeks.”
Royals at Reds, 6:40 p.m., FS Ohio, 700