Originally Posted by mattfeet
Leake to the pen makes NO sense for me. He's a slow-starter in ball games and routinely pitches better in later innings than he does in the first inning.
Manny Parra needs to be the one to go from the 'pen and Leake can be stashed in AAA.
Mike Leake can refuse assignment at this point in his career, and he would, so sending him down is not an option that the Reds are going to take because someone would pick him up rather quickly and the Reds would lose him.