ST. LOUIS -- Currently on the 15-day disabled list with what's being called right shoulder fatigue, Reds rookie pitcher Mike Leake is not on the road trip. But Leake hasn't been shut down for good this season, and the plan is for him to resume throwing on the side Monday."The progressions will be fairly aggressive," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "It's not like he's going back to his first day of catch back in December. He'll go back and start doing his long-toss routine. As long as everything continues to progress without any discomfort or fatigue, we'll keep pushing him to get back on the mound after about a week of long-toss." Leake is eligible to be activated on Sept. 9, and the club still hopes he can play a part on its potential postseason roster. The 22-year-old's role has yet to be determined. After being moved out of the rotation, he struggled in two relief appearances. After going 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 24 games, including 22 starts, Leake has 138 1/3 innings during his first professional season. He has been watched closely to prevent overuse. "The innings thing, it cuts both ways," Price said. "You don't want to give a guy too many innings. In the same respect, you want to get him enough innings that you can bump him up the higher totals."
Reds looking for outfield help
ST. LOUIS -- It's ironic that rosters are expanded and yet the Reds find themselves strapped for a healthy outfielder.Right fielder Jay Bruce missed his fourth consecutive game Saturday with a sore right side, and manager Dusty Baker didn't expect Bruce back Sunday, and possibly not for the start of the next series at Colorado on Monday. "I'm not even sure when [he'll return] in Colorado because we have a tough stretch of guys that would test that [injury]," Baker said. "He's better. We just have to make sure he's right so we don't lose him [for an extended period]. We can't afford to lose him as hot as he was." Besides Bruce, the Reds have Laynce Nix and Jim Edmonds on the disabled list. That leaves Baker with only three healthy outfielders. In an emergency, utility infielder Miguel Cairo could play since he has outfield experience, but he hasn't played in the outfield since 2008. There are no Minor League outfielders on the 40-man roster to call up. At Triple-A Louisville, Wladimir Balentien just went on the DL. Danny Dorn, who is batting .207 for the Bats, is a left-handed hitter whom could help but is more experienced at first base. Prospect Todd Frazier can play both infield and the outfield and is batting .258 with 16 homers. Dave Sappelt is playing well but started the season in Class A. "We're looking at him, too," Baker said of Sappelt. "If not, we may wear out the guys we have out there. We're playing 20 [games in 20 days]." It's possible the Reds could look outside the organization, but any player added now would not be eligible for the postseason. "We're looking under bridges, rocks, everywhere. We can't find one right now," Baker said.
At this time of year, many possible additions haven't cleared waivers -- which prevents trades."There's just nobody out there that's available or makes sense," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.
Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez is still slated to start Monday for Class A Dayton, but that could change depending on Johnny Cueto's situation. Cueto is scheduled to start Tuesday but is away dealing with a family emergency in the Dominican Republic. "Until we see Johnny, we may have to consider keeping Volky in reserve, just in case," Price said.