We could certainly use Matt Belisle these days:

Another pitcher in the midst of rehab work – albeit for a far less serious injury – had a banner day Monday.

Matt Belisle wowed observers in a lengthy afternoon bullpen session and he had no complaints about the sore lower back that landed him on the disabled list two weeks ago.

“Belisle looked really good today,” said Mann. “He threw for about 11 ½ minutes out in the bullpen and we’re going to see how he responds once he gets here (today) to determine the next step with him.”

Barring something completely unexpected, Belisle could be out on a rehab assignment as early as Wednesday.

“(Pitching coach Tom) Hume was very impressed with the way he threw,” said manager Jerry Narron.

Hurry back, Matty.

At least the Reds have figured out one way to improve the bullpen:  don’t let Stormy Weathers even pick up a baseball:

The status of the other Reds reliever on the mend, David Weathers, remained the same Monday. He was still sore after leaving Sunday’s game when severe tendinitis in his shoulder flared up, and the plan is to keep him from even picking up a baseball for a couple of days.

Narron said he does not expect Weathers to go on the DL.

So, once again, the Reds will be playing short-handed.  They’ve already hamstrung themselves by the absurd roster composition they chose — carrying twelve “pitchers” to begin with (actually only about four of them qualify as major league pitchers), and then sticking with three catchers for far too long.

Sheesh.  Things like this begin to irritate me more when the Reds are losing.  🙂

2 Responses

  1. Jon

    Thid bullpen has got to get BETTER SOON!!!

  2. Glenn

    When Belisle comes back, maybe Rick White could start that second career, selling cars.