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.