Originally Posted by Reds Fanatic
I don't get why they used him for 21 pitches in a blowout last night if they were thinking of starting him Saturday.
Probably because they had an idea he was going to pitch Saturday. So getting him some work in a NL game. Also that gives him 3 days rest so that may be the reason for just an inning worth of work out of him. When the deal happened it was insurance incase Claussen didn't pitch well on Monday. Also either way it bolsters the bullpen. With Claussen never ever pitching in relief his whole career.. that may move him back into the rotation and bump Lohse. However.. I wonder if Elizardo struggles, if they might plug Lohse in and have Elizardo come out of the pen.