But the CIA (Cincinnati Intelligence Agency) is not ready to tell anyone. Not sure why it is such a big secret...though Jerry said it won't be Homer.
HOUSTON - So, since it's not going to be Joe Mays, the question is: Who will it be?
The Reds designated Mays for assignment Wednesday to make room on the roster for catcher David Ross, who returned from the disabled list.
Mays had been listed as Saturday's starter against the Brewers in Milwaukee, but instead he is through as a Red.
"Since Joe Mays is no longer here, Saturday will be TBA - to be announced - or, what was the other one?" Narron said.
To be determined, Narron was told.
Narron went on to say that TBA is more accurate. The Reds have determined who will start Saturday, but they are not ready to announce it.
Narron did say it would not be Double-A phenom Homer Bailey.
That would seem to leave three choices, all on the 40-man roster and all at Triple-A Louisville: left-handers Michael Gosling and Phil Dumatrait or right-hander Justin Germano.
Saturday is Gosling's normal day, but his numbers are the worst of the three (4-5, 4.50 ERA). Dumatrait would be going with an extra day's rest. He's 4-4 with a 3.98 ERA.
Germano's turn was Wednesday. But Brandon Claussen made a rehab start in his spot.
Germano is 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA and he's won his last five decisions. The Reds could have him throw a bullpen session today and have him pitch Saturday on extra rest.
The fifth starter's spot is about to become much more important. Because of off days and the All-Star break, Mays made only four starts over a one-month period.
That won't be the case in August. The Reds have only one off day in the month.
"In August, we can't hide anything," Narron said.
Mays was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA over his four starts. He had a 1.29 ERA in three relief appearances before moving into the rotation.
"It wasn't ideal circumstances," Narron said. "He came here basically as a long man. (Brandon) Claussen went on the disabled list and (Mays) stepped into that spot. He wasn't able to pitch every fifth day."