This morning I was watching a re-broadcast on the MLB network about game six of the 1975 World Series. Johnny Bench said that Clay Kirby absolutely could not have pitched in game six because of his ailing arm, so Pat Darcy was the final pitcher the Reds could use in the game, the only other pitcher left on the roster being Don Gullett, who was being saved to start game seven.
Kirby in fact did not pitch in either the NLCS or the World Series.
If Kirby was physically unable to pitch, why did the Reds include him on the post season roster? While the only other pitchers who had appeared for the Reds that season and who were not on the roster had not done much, the Reds minor league teams included Pat Zachary, Santo Alcala and Manny Sarmiento, all of whom would be part of the 1976 Reds staff, with Zachary and Sarmiento in particular pitching well in 1976.
If Kirby could not pitch, why didn't the Reds promote one of their minor league pitchers to fill his spot on the roster?