Re: AFL Starts tonight
I go entirely the other way on Avery. The Reds (and probably most teams) don't want to send starters to AFL because they've already logged their share of innings.
The other pitchers this year are Valiquette and Horst who were relievers, and Darryl Thompson who only logged 60 innings because he was hurt.
Last year it was Leake (hadn't played since June), Boxberger, Ondrusek, Watson. For 2008 the roster says Manuel, Watson, Viola.
In Avery they can send a starter who only has 100 innings on his arm this year. In AA he put up a 5.63 ERA, more hits than innings pitched, half as many strikeouts as innings pitched, and a .321 avg against him.
I think Avery is a warm body and has no chance of being added to the 40.