Originally Posted by TRF
Because he pitched well at AA pre-injury. Can he be counted on at this point? no. But he can't be counted out either.
And Gardner was never overrated. before they got hurt, Gardner and Pauly were two prospects highly touted by EVERY publication. Injuries happen.
Maybe Gardner is a trading deadline pawn, just like Webb last year. Keep him at a lower level to build up his stats. If he doesn't figure into the Reds' long-term plans, then possibly he's easier to send somewhere else. Just a thought.