Originally Posted by dougdirt
Walt Jocketty has actually talked about the opposite as an option.... starting him in the bullpen, then moving him to the rotation later in the year so he can pitch in the playoffs as a starter (if his performance warrants it over other guys of course). He specifically called out the Braves and how they used Kris Medlen on several occasions this offseason as one plan they looked at.
It is a viable option and could work well. I am not sure the Braves actually intended to do that last year with Medlen from the beginning, but rather he was a reliever who was put in the rotation after they had a couple of starters get hurt. If the Reds decide to use this plan I bet Dusty won't let them take the Missile out of the bullpen once he is there.