Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1
I like the idea, but it seems a little soon. I'd prefer they start this about a month from now, giving him the chance to continue to start in Louisville. Even with Price and Wainwright, they did not bring those guys up in relief until much later in the season.
Then again, maybe the thinking is they need help now and if they don't do something, they're going to be out of the race.
I don't know. I think his stuff is ready for the major league level. I think he needs some fine tuning and thats the the reason why he has been down in AAA so far this season. I don't exactly think him pitching out of the pen would be all that difficult come July or August. Give him the ball every couple of days, put him in a comfortable situation (against a lefty or to start an inning) and let him throw. I don't think this hurts his development nor do I think his future is in the pen. I just think it makes the most sense for the Reds this season.