Originally Posted by dougdirt
He threw 65 innings that counted in games, but he threw during extended spring training as well. The Reds know how many innings there were and how many he will be given this year, assuming health. I can't see him starting out there year anywhere but Dayton unless there is some injury. They are going to protect his innings, but I can't see it happening by just shelving him to start the season.
It all depends on how you account for extended ST innings. I'm pretty sure teams don't count them 1:1 with live game innings.
Obviously they have an innings target. I'm kind of hoping that target is well short of the ~140 IP that he'd get in a full A-ball season. If it's <120 IP, then he's either a 4 IP starter, which I'm not sure allows him to work enough on consistency with his pitches, or he needs to keep his starts totals in the low 20s (in which case he'll need to miss some starts).
However they manage his IP cap, the main focus should be on making sure that power arm of his stays intact. In the grand scheme of his career, no one cares about his exploits in Dayton.