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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Livingston up, Saarloos down

The Reds recalled left-hander Bobby Livingston from Triple-A Louisville before today's game and optioned Kirk Saarloos to Louisville.

The Reds needed a long-relief option out of the bullpen today because Victor Santos pitched 4-1/3 innings after Saarloos failed to record an out in the first inning Sunday.

Saarloos (0-4, 7.74 ERA in two starts and 20 relief appearances) was informed of the decision when he arrived this morning and spoke with reporters before leaving the clubhouse.

"I don't feel like I'm the problem. They need to find answers and I don't feel like I'm the problem. Three bad innings this year. Yesterday. St. Louis (on April 25) and L.A. (on May 13) I felt like other than that, in 20 appearances, I've thrown the ball pretty damn good. Obviously those three appearances is the bed that I'm lying in right now. Numbers are numbers and they feel like I'm the problem, so I'm out of here. So I'm going to go down, pitch and get back here. That's the only thing you can do. You can't be (ticked) off about it even though you are. You can't go down there and show it. You've got to go down there with some class and dignity and pitch."

In those three appearances Saarloos mentioned, he allowed 11 earned runs on 11 hits in just 1/3-inning. Subtract those from his overall numbers this season and he'd be 0-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 19 games.

Here's what manager Jerry Narron had to say about the decision...

"(Livingston) will pitch out of the bullpen for right now. It'll give us some length out there. Santos definitely wouldn't be available probably through (Tuesday). Hopefully we won't need him in that role, but you've got to have some protection out there for sure."

Why Saarloos?

"Early in the year he pitched well for us and had some good outings. He's just been up and down lately. Hoping he can go down and get some consistent work."

What will be his role in Louisville?

"He'll probably be in the bullpen."

What does this do to the rotation?

"We'll make a decision here in a couple days on it."


at 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swapping Sarloos for Livingston. This will be the move that vaults us into contention. I can feel it. Watch out, Brewers. We're coming for ya...(does anyone know how to create a sarcasm font?)

at 12:45 PM Anonymous ADMS said...

The optimist in me says:

1. At least it wasn't Coffey that is heading up from Charlotte.
2. Maybe this will start a trend.

The Reds fan in me says:
1. With Milwaukee stinking up their ballpark, couldn't we have played just a little bit better to make up some ground?
2. I used to live in Charlotte - if any Reds need directions, I'll be more than happy to give them to a select few...or take Ross and a bunch of the bullpen down there myself.

Please salvage one game!

at 12:54 PM Blogger GeezerfromNY said...

50 years! I've followed the Reds since the Dodgers went west in 1957. And it NEVER changes. Pitchingpithingpitching...WHY can't this team develop a pitching culture? You HAVE the bodies. This is a good team with a manager who knows his stuff! Keep the ball down! Work fast, change speeds, throw strikes. Is it catching or coaching? I don't know. But it never ends. 50 years! C'mon, krivsky, FIX IT!

at 12:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This really is like arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Based on the current 18-33 you might think we're on pace to go 39-72 the rest of the season and end 57-105.

But things are on pace to be much worse. Based on the last 25 games (half of the season so far) if they continue THAT pace they will go 22-89 and end the season with a record of 40-122 !!!

But let's hope the chairs are all arranged neatly.

at 1:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vacuuming your family room is a good metaphor for what the Dreads need right now. Blow it up. Send out everyone with options, send Jared Burton back to the A's and cut Kyle Loshe loose. It's not my money, directly, but Mr. C promised championship baseball. It won't be my money indirectly, tickets, parking, concessions, I have even stopped Tivoing my beloved Reds (even when George Grande isn't calling the games) and if a diehard like me is ready to bail they have real problems with fan satisfaction.

at 6:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the idea of a "sarcasm font" pretty much sums up the Reds' season.

at 9:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

how could this team not call up bailey, teh guy has nothing left to prove in teh minors. teh reds starters blow hard. it is unreal - this gm is a muppet

at 8:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comment by Saarloos saying he isn't the problem is absolutely absurd. How can a pitcher with an ERA over 7 say he isn't a problem?

at 10:00 AM Anonymous TGO said...

I've kind of thought Santos and Saarloos was redundant with both in the bullpen. With Saarloos going to the minors, the team called up another long reliever. Not completely opposed to this given how deep into games starters haven't been going, but maybe this would have been a good time to bring Mcbeth back to see if he can help with the 8th inning. He's only given up 1 run (a solo HR) in the 10 innings since he's been with Louisville. He only gave up 2 runs in 10 innings with the A's AAA team before the Reds acquired him.

at 11:49 AM Anonymous TGO said...

1208pm metaphor
I don't know how y'all vacuum houses in your neck of the woods, but I've never taken dynamite on my floors..not even the stubborn, hard to remove stains.

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