Originally Posted by REDREAD
He's EARNED playing time this year, but DanO is benching him the rest of the season in favor of Machado and Castro. With 3b open, Larkin and Lopez could both play. Machado and Castro do not deserve playing time over Larkin.
It's absurd to bench Larkin with the year he's had when healthy.
The excuse of "the future" is bogus. If that's the case, then why give Wilson, Castro, and arguably LaRue/Jimmez any playing time? They're not here for the long term either.
It's time to move on. Barry is old. Mark it down, he wouldn't be playing nearly as much next year as he has this year. How many games has he played this year while being hurt? A bunch. Sure, he can get on base late in games, but what the Reds need is a SS that can play the whole game, most of the season. Not a player who comes back from each injury with a "I'm feeling better than I ever have". I really, REALLY wanted to see Barry retire as a Red (may still happen), but I can't forgive the way he robbed them blind just awhile back with that large-market salary.