Originally Posted by Will M
Homer to AAA? the pen?? Arroyo to the Angels???
How about this: Arroyo goes to the DL for 2 weeks while his carpal tunnel syndrome calms down. Both Homer & Owings start the season in the rotation. We then get two looks at them in real games against 100% major league hitters. Then I think the decision on who the odd man out in the rotation is becomes a bit easier.
There has been some speculation here (its been a long spring training) about the Reds dealing pitching for a hitter (OF/SS). Arroyo seems the main guy people would deal in the right trade. I for one would feel a LOT better about something like this if I had some evidence that Owing's & Homer's recent strong pitching was not just a spring training mirage.
I think with some small concerns about Harang and Arroyo's level of health no one will be dealt. None of the BP mainstays have been anything to shout about in S/T. So I think it's entirely possible that Homer will be in the pen. However I think he will go to AAA anyway so that he can keep this rolling, the chances are much better to do that in AAA than out of the pen. Masset if he continues to look ok as he has recently will remain for the short term but if he has some early hiccups he could be gone be week 3 of the season and maybe by then they will have a better gauge on Harang and Arroyo.