Originally Posted by Joseph
I've wondered why that hasn't been done at times.
Of course the bullpen has been so terrible that it's 6 of one, half dozen of the other.
The Reds used to do that a few years back -- give their swingman/long reliever a "spot start" of 4-5 innings then have the bullpen take the rest. John Reidling used to be the guy they called on, but Jose Rijo came out of the pen to take spot starts, as did Todd Van Poppel, IIRC.