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reds44
06-06-2009, 05:51 PM
Reds today also optioned C/If/Of Wilkin Castillo back to Triple-A Louisville, with Matt Maloney coming up to pitch tonight.
I'm going to have to check this, but I assume this means we are carrying 13 pitchers. Not to mention the fact Taveras has been unavailable, so we have a very short bench.

Falls City Beer
06-06-2009, 05:52 PM
I'm going to have to check this, but I assume this means we are carrying 13 pitchers. Not to mention the fact Taveras has been unavailable, so we have a very short bench.

Taveras can pinch hit. So it's not an unavailable slot.

Kc61
06-06-2009, 05:56 PM
Reds now have 13 pitchers. IMO the implication of this move is that Maloney may be going back to AAA after tonight's game. Reds will then again have 12 pitchers, although 8 will be relievers. Another position player would be added when Maloney goes down, perhaps Stubbs with Taveras ailing.

I hope this is wrong because I'd like Maloney to get some chances.

The explanation could be the off day Monday. With that off day the Reds don't need a fifth starter again until next Saturday at Kansas City. They would not be able to bring Maloney back, since ten days wouldn't have elapsed, but they could bring up Homer to pitch that game.

The other possibility is that the Reds will just watch Maloney tonight and, if he does well, drop a reliever tomorrow and bring up a position player. So they may just be waiting to see how Maloney looks before sending a pitcher out.

If Taveras is still below par, team has a three man bench for tonight's game. I guess four if Owings is viewed as a pinch hitter.

Jpup
06-06-2009, 05:59 PM
Taveras can pinch hit. So it's not an unavailable slot.

I'm sure he is hurt, but Dickerson has taken his job IMO.

reds44
06-06-2009, 05:59 PM
Reds now have 13 pitchers. IMO the implication of this move is that Maloney may be going back to AAA after tonight's game. Reds will then again have 12 pitchers, although 8 will be relievers. Another position player would be added when Maloney goes down, perhaps Stubbs with Taveras ailing.

I hope this is wrong because I'd like Maloney to get some chances.

The explanation could be the off day Monday. With that off day the Reds don't need a fifth starter again until next Saturday at Kansas City. They would not be able to bring Maloney back, since ten days wouldn't have elapsed, but they could bring up Homer to pitch that game.

The other possibility is that the Reds will just watch Maloney tonight and, if he does well, drop a reliever tomorrow and bring up a position player. So they may just be waiting to see how Maloney looks before sending a pitcher out.

With Taveras below par, team has a three man bench for tonight's game. I guess four if Owings is viewed as a pinch hitter.
There's always the option of sending Maloney down after tonight, calling up Stubbs tomorrow, and then putting Taveras/somebody else on the DL with an "injury" on Saturday and bringing Maloney back then.


I'm sure he is hurt, but Dickerson has taken his job IMO.
Even more of a reason to put him on the DL with a case of bad.

Kc61
06-06-2009, 06:04 PM
There's always the option of sending Maloney down after tonight, calling up Stubbs tomorrow, and then putting Taveras/somebody else on the DL with an "injury" on Saturday and bringing Maloney back then.


Even more of a reason to put him on the DL with a case of bad.

If Taveras is hurt, I'd doubt that they will wait until next weekend to deal with it. Presumably they are sick of playing shorthanded. Of course, they can always come up with another injury to let Maloney come back sooner.

Just guessing here, but perhaps it is a function of Bailey's good outing at AAA last week. He pitched 8 great innings. With all the time invested in Bailey and the high expectations, maybe they have decided Maloney goes tonight but Bailey goes next Saturday.

Whatever, I would like to see Maloney get a true shot and this player move suggests he may not.

fearofpopvol1
06-06-2009, 06:05 PM
Burton is probably going to be optioned.

reds44
06-06-2009, 06:06 PM
....And the Reds could be protecting their backside in case Maloney has an early exit tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if Fisher or Burton goes back to AAA after the game tonight.

mth123
06-07-2009, 12:41 PM
The Reds are going with 13 pitchers because they just don't hve enough position players available to add any more. With EdE and Votto out, Rosales, Gomes and Nix who were basically this team's plan for depth are already on the roster.

Some want Yonder though he's only recently started off in AA, other want youngsters who don't need to be on the 40 man yet. That burns option years sooner than necessary and requires they stay on the 40 man over the winter when its more important to have those slot available. IMO, the Reds need to add a journeyman type either from the waiver wire or some one who is hot right now from the players in the system not on the 40 man.

Three best possibilities IMO:

1. EdE goes on a rehab and is back in a few days.
2. Danny Richar is 7 for 12 with 2 doubles and a homer in his last 3 games and as a LH would give the team a LH bench bat while Dickerson and Nix are both starting. Add him.
3. David Dellucci DFA'd in Cleveland.

As for how to make room:

1. Bill Bray 60 day DL
2. Sam Lecure DFA
3. Craig Tatum DFA
4. Daryl Thompson 60 Day DL??