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Reds Starters Have Some Bumps


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First Mat Latos and now Homer Bailey?

Reds skipper Dusty Baker rearranged his starting rotation so that he would have Latos available for the wild card game. Not long after this move, it was discovered that Latos had a bone chip in his right elbow. And consider that a couple of week before this, Latos revealed he had been dealing with an abdominal injury. A couple of extra days off and the Reds are hopeful Latos will go in game 1 of the NLDS.

Bailey’s injury appears to be of a less serious nature. Well it is if you hear Bailey tell it (per Mark Sheldon).

“It’s something so minor, but it’s been throwing me off a few inches,” Bailey said. “When I went back and looked, so many pitches have missed by two or three inches. I never could figure out what it was. I’ve got plenty of days to correct it.”

Let’s not forget (and who will) that tomorrow night’s starter Johnny Cueto has been on the disabled list three times this season.

In essence, Tony Cingrani has hit it twice. We haven’t seen a Cingrani face since September 10. He was sent to the instructional league over this past weekend to get some work. Baker says Cingrani “can’t handle being a starter”, but could “go a couple innings…”

Health of the starting staff was a big reason the Reds won the NL Central in 2012. Other than the knee issues of Joey Votto, the Reds had very good overall health last season.

This year, not so much, but the Good Guys did manage to compile 90 wins this year after having won 97 last year. As I noted in the comments section of another post, the last time the franchise compiled back-to-back seasons of 90 or more wins was 1978 (92) and 1979 (90).

Yes, just throwing that in here.

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  • Jamie Beiser

    i hope baker means that cingrani wouldn’t be able to handle the post-season as a starter, and didn’t mean that as a reflection of his regular season, because i think the fire tony showed on the mound, and his offensive skills he added saved the reds during cueto’s dl stints, and he needs to be affirmed that the reds believe in him for the future, i know i do…

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O.

      That’s exactly what Baker meant, although it now looks like Cingrani won’t be able to go at all.

  • Bill Hedges

    He can’t go if he’s in Arizona.