Mike Leake is no longer a part of the Reds starting rotation. He was informed of the decision this afternoon by Dusty Baker. He will now pitch out of the bullpen.
“Obviously, I’d rather go every fifth day,” he said. “But it will be fun to throw out of the ‘pen, as long as I can do something to help the team.” Leake said he pitched in relief for Arizona State as a freshman, which was all of two years ago. He’s thrown 135 2/3 innings this season. He threw 142 last year at ASU and 19 in the Arizona Fall League. I think the Reds are looking at 170 or so this year.
Travis Wood will be taking Leake’s spot in the rotation as of now. With Aaron Harang still at Triple A Louisville for his rehab starts. The Reds will need a roster spot for Wood on Thursday. Leake and Carlos Fisher are the logical choices. I doubt though that Leake will be sent down. I believe this is just a preventative measure so as not to kill Leake’s arm. Plus the fact that Travis Wood has been dominant and Homer Bailey pitched a helluva game on Sunday. The starting rotation is now listed as follows:
Tues: Bronson Arroyo
Wed: Edinson Volquez
Thurs: Travis Wood
Fri: Homer Bailey
Sat: Johnny Cueto
Another pitching move happened today as well. Because of the signing of Yasmani Grandal to a major league contract the Reds had to make room on the 40 man roster. Well, the casualty was Micah Owings. Which comes as really no surprise. Owings posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 22 relief appearances this year for the Reds before they optioned him in late July. He’s a great athlete and may draw interest from pitching desperate teams. He may even draw some interest as a DH or a first baseman. The Reds can still retain him if he clears waivers and accepts a minor league deal.
And, last but not least. Jason Isringhausen who the Reds signed in July, has been placed on the 15 day disabled list in Louisville with a strained elbow. The same elbow that has sidelined him the past two seasons. This could probably end Jason’s career.