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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Milton to the DL; Burton back; Homer coming?

Eric Milton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow strain. Jared Burton was brought back from his injury rehab.

The Reds haven't decided who will make Milton's start Sunday.

But Homer Bailey is in the running.

GM Wayne Krivsky said the starter could come from the current staff or the minor leagues.

"I don't know," Krivsky said. "I haven't talked to the (Louisville) staff yet."

It sounds like the club is leaning toward left-hander Bob Livingston. The start falls on his turn. He nearly made rotation out of spring straining.

But, if I'm charge, I go with Bailey, who be working on six days' rest.

Why? He's been better at Louisville. Bailey is 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA at Louisville, Livingston is 0-3 with 3.22.

But the biggest reason is the Reds need to do something to get fans excited. The start comes on Sunday. The game is Fox Sport Ohio at 4:10 p.m. Starting Livingston isn't going to be a rating boon, Bailey would be.

Milton complained of pain after his start Tuesday. He had an MRI. "It's nothing serious," Krivsky said.

Burton has been rehabbing from at hamstring strain since April 17. He was expected to join the club in time for Wednesday's game.

"It will give eight relievers for the time being," Krivsky said.


at 5:50 PM Blogger steve-o said...

No matter how bad the ship is sinking, I'm not sure this is the best environment for Homer to be brought into. If they were contemplating an early May call-up, why didn't they break camp with him on the 25-man roster?

That being said, his starting Sunday wouldn't surprise me.

at 6:08 PM Blogger Ben said...

when milton gets back, he should go to the pen. think of it less as a demotion, more as a bolster for the sagging pen.

at 6:38 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

If I'm looking at revune, I hold Homer back until they return home. The ratings boost of a FSN broadcast, if it's worth anything, is worth less than a weekday sellout at GABP.

at 6:38 PM Anonymous The Dude said...

I agree steve-o, but at this point if they can't keep fans in seats due to their inability to play, then nothing will.
What I don't understand is why not Dumatrait? yes, he's got fewer innings than Livingston but from a numbers standpoint he's right up there with Bailey....

at 6:50 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Dumatrait started on May 5. His next start is scheduled for tomorrow. If they hold him back, he would be going eight days' rest. The thing you've got to like about Bialey is .177 BA against. Dumatrait's is .213. Livingston's .291. I think it's a perfect chance to work Bailey without any undue pressure.

at 6:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an idea bring all three up, and send some crap (pick almost anyone in the bullpen) down. At least it would show this team wants to win.

at 7:17 PM Anonymous Wavering Reds Fan said...

I think it should not be Bailey. You don't bring Bailey up for a spot start. When Bailey comes up, it should be because he's up to stay, even though he's pitching better than Livingston. It won't do any good, especially if you bring him up and he doesn't pitch well, to turn around and send him right back down.

at 7:22 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Good point. But if Bailey comes up and goes 2-1 or 3-0 with a 3-something ERA, He doesn't go back down. Milton goes to the 'pen when he comes off the DL.

at 9:24 PM Anonymous The Dude said...

why does the 15 day DL for Milton sound like smoke and mirrors?...they just don't know what to do with him because of the salary, if it were lower, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Dumatrait or Bailey, you can still pull Dumatrait into the mix, the starting group seems to thrive off of 4 days rest, pull in your two work horses, give Dumatrait a few extra days and then throw him in..what about the bullpen?? Weathers rant and all, I'll believe it when I see it.

at 9:34 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I have no doubt that Milton's hurt. He would not go on the DL if he wasn't.

at 10:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too late. Season's over.

at 10:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to me it should be Dumatriat he is a left hander and has shown some great stuff minus his last outing...let Homer continue to develop his pitches

at 10:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumatrait should be called up because he is a left hander who has shown very good stuff minus his last start and this would allow Homer to continue to develop his off speed pitches

at 11:34 PM Blogger woodrow said...

Did anyone believe the Reds were going to contend? Can any one be shocked at was has happened so far? I believe they are still a few years from seriously contending, and it will take a fruitful farm system that pumps new talent into the team year after year to make it work here in Cincinnati. Need proof? Look at who currently resides in first place in the central. Good scouting...astute trades and smart free agent signings.

at 11:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Jerry "Play the game right" Narron ever heard of pitching around a guy (Berkman) that continually kills him? He probably won't be managing the Reds when they play Houston again but here's a hint ...WALK HIM!!

at 12:36 AM Blogger Mike_R said...

Bailey should get the start in LA because...
1) Much less pressure than a home start.
2) I am going to that game and I really want to see his debut.

Whaddya say Wayne? Please?

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