Friend of the Nation, John Fay gives us a little info…
Ã¢â‚¬â€œMike Leake will be skipped for Cleveland series. Leake is on pace to pitch 200 innings this season. The Reds donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want him to pitch nearly that many. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have a round number,Ã¢â‚¬Â Walt Jocketty said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Probably 170, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not etched in stone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bronson Arroyo will start Sunday, the day Leake was scheduled. Leake will Tuesday against Philadephia.
The rotation: Friday Ã¢â‚¬â€ Aaron Harang; Saturday Ã¢â‚¬â€ Sam LeCure; Sunday Ã¢â‚¬â€ Arroyo; Monday Ã¢â‚¬â€ Johnny Cueto; Tuesday Ã¢â‚¬â€œLeake; Wednesday Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Harang.
Ã¢â‚¬â€œThe Reds will look at Aroldis Chapman for a relief role. Chapman pitched in relief of Edinson Volquez today at Louisville. Chapman allowed a run on two hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With Volquez coming on and (Homer) Bailey not that far away, his best opportunity with us might be in the bullpen. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a possibility will use him as starter,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jocketty.
I like both of these pieces of news…skipping Leake one start in the dog days might not be a bad idea and I like the idea of Chapman in the BP. It’ll be interesting to see how he’s used in Louisville between now and the All Star break.