The Enquirer reported today that Narron said that Matt Belisle may get a shot at the fifth rotation spot if Paul Wilson is not ready to go.

Wilson, who had shoulder surgery June 17, is scheduled to begin throwing off the mound next week.

Wilson and Eric Milton, who were a combined 9-20 last year, have to turn it around for the Reds to have a chance.

Narron said if Wilson’s not ready the Reds will look at Matt Belisle for the fifth starting spot.

I was expecting that it would probably be Hudson, or maybe Hancock, but I was pleasantly surprised that Belisle was the only candidate that he mentioned in the event that Wilson is not ready to start the season. The next person I’d like to see get a shot is Justin Germano. Of course this is all based on the current roster. I’m still expecting things to change before opening day.


3 Responses

  1. Bill

    I also read somewhere though that Wilson is ahead of schedule in his recovery. I too would like to see Belisle get a shot at the rotation.

  2. EricTW

    I doesn’t think that Germano’s ready to compete for a starting spot just yet. I’d like to see him have a solid start in AAA and bring up up mid-season.

  3. Tom

    Germano’s is young, 23, but he’s already spent pretty much the last two seasons at AAA. He’s got 47 starts with a 3.61 ERA at AAA over the last two season, most of that in the hitter friendly PCL. His numbers did drop off a bit after coming to the Reds, 4.01 ERA and 62H in 49IP over 8GS, but I’m thinking he was pressing a bit trying to impress a new organization. His stuff is surely not going to make him top of the rotation material, but I feel he is ready for a shot in the bigs with the chance to be a solid back end of the rotation kind of guy.