Reds relievers feeling weathered
Cincinnati (48-53) vs. San Diego (38-62), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
By Brandon Harris / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Reds are already feeling the effects of life without setup man Jared Burton.
The Reds used reliever David Weathers to pitch in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Padres on Monday. Though Weathers didn't give up a run -- he did give up two hits and came dangerously close -- it was the third night in a row the veteran right-hander had thrown.
Weathers, a former closer, became the temporary setup man when Burton began resting a strained right lat muscle the week before the All-Star break. He's pitched in six of the Reds' last seven games, including all three in the series at Milwaukee before the All-Star break and three of the four games against the Mets.
His only slipup came when he took much of the blame for a ninth-inning walk-off loss to the Brewers on July 13. More than anything, though, Reds manager Dusty Baker is concerned with Weathers' -- and the rest of the bullpen's -- workload.
"That's three days in a row for him," Baker said. "We have to give [closer Francisco Cordero] a breather, too. Hopefully, [Tuesday] we can get a complete game. We need it badly because he needs a blow and Coco needs a mental and physical blow. We'll have to go to some other guys in the bullpen."
But many of those "other guys" have been working, too. Mike Lincoln pitched three of the four games against the Mets, as did Jeremy Affeldt and Bill Bray. Gary Majewski pitched Sunday in the series finale against New York, but he threw in relief Monday night. Pitching Tuesday would give him three consecutive pitching nights, which Baker prefers to avoid with any member of the bullpen.
The most rested member of the bullpen is Todd Coffey, who hasn't thrown in a game since Friday night when he was still pitching for Triple-A Louisville. He'd been at Louisville since April 28, but was called up Saturday to fill Burton's roster spot.