The Reds official site is reporting that Eric Milton is set to return Saturday and will start against the Tigers.
Before rain prematurely ended Monday’s exhibition game against Pittsburgh, Milton got in just 30 pitches during two scoreless innings in a final test for his surgically repaired left knee. The club decided that he didn’t need to go on a rehabilitation assignment.
I guess the club is basing their decision on the fact that Milton hasn’t thrown 2 scoreless innings in his tenure with the Reds and figure they’ll try to cash in on his hot streak!
Milton’s impending return has pushed right-hander Elizardo Ramirez out of the rotation. The likeliest candidate headed back to Triple-A Louisville when the Milton roster move is made on Saturday, Ramirez will be available from the bullpen this week. He could be a spot starter if another pitcher goes down.
I would honestly like to see Ramirez stick around and throw some out of the bullpen if there is a way to manage this with the roster. His 3.13 ERA in 4 starts looks better coming out of the pen opposed to what we are currently throwing now!