Originally Posted by mlh1981
Will this do anything to help him next year, though?
I'm not so sure cutting his innings this year helps him out in the future, in terms of building endurance.
I'm not saying burn through him like he's Mark Prior out there, but is this really in the best interest for him long term, or is this just a thought process for the rest of this season?
I'm sure the Reds would love to keep him in the rotation, but the current theory out there is that if you increase a pitcher's innings by more than a certain percent from one year to the next, you greatly increase your chance of injury down the road. The Reds have said all year that based on what he threw last year, they wanted to cap Leake at about 170 innings, and they are getting awfully close to that point. They figure that by putting him in the pen, it allows them to more closely control how much he pitches.
This tells me that they have plans for him in the post season, otherwise they'd could have just shut him down all together.