PHILADELPHIA - Chris Michalak waited more than four years to pitch in the major leagues again.
Based on the way the veteran left-hander performed in long relief during Saturday's win against the Phillies, the wait won't be so long the next time.
Reds manager Jerry Narron said Sunday there is a "good chance" Michalak will start against the Pirates on either Friday or Saturday at Great American Ball Park. Ryan Franklin might also be considered.
"If that's the direction they want to go then I'm all for it," Michalak said.
Brought up from Triple-A Louisville before Saturday's game, the 35-year-old relieved Elizardo Ramirez with one out in the second inning and held the Phillies to one run over the next 6 2/3 innings for his first win since Sept. 2, 2001 with the Rangers.
Michalak's last major league start came with the Blue Jays on July 15, 2001 at Shea Stadium. He allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss against the Mets.
"A guy that's persevered, put the time in like he has, it's awesome," Narron said. "This spring he backed up a lot of games, didn't get in very many, but really had a great attitude."