With the obvious need to limit Leake's IP this season, many have suggested that he will have his turn in the rotation skipped at some point in the season, likely around the All-Star break.
With Leake pitching so well, I wanted to propose a possible alternative solution:
Rather than mess with the preparation, rythm, etc. that go along with being in a big league starting rotation, why not have Leake make all of his starts as scheduled?
But rather than having him pitch a full workload, pull him after a set # of innings or pitches, such as 3 IP or 50 Pitches. Once pulled, the following 3 IP/50 Pitches could be thrown by a recovering Volquez or Chapman, who will also both need their workloads closely monitored.
Most importantly, IMO, this allows Leake to keep his rythm going into the latter part of the season while keeping his IP and pitches thrown totals where they need to be.
I think the team is in a unique situation where they will have 3 pitchers who are all very talented and who all need to be under strict pitch counts. Why not see if we can be creative about it and use it to our advantage?
You could even consider going with Leake for 3, Chapman for 3, and then closing it with Volquez for 3.
I imagine we'd only need to do this 3 or 4 times to get Leake's workload back where we want it.