After a very rough outing in relief last night, there are serious concerns about Mike Leake, relative to his role for the remainder of 2010. Dusty Baker addressed it last night:

Out of eight batters faced, Leake retired one. He allowed six hits and a walk with two homers.

This could very well be the end of the line this season for Leake. After 22 starts before his move to the bullpen, the rookie’s ERA was 3.78. It’s climbed to 4.21 over 139 innings following two relief appearances.

“We’re addressing that now,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s getting hurt mostly on his slider and sinker. His sinker is not sinking as good. And his slider isn’t rolling. It’s not as sharp.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds send Leake to the minors; not to pitch, mind you, but to rest. They can then bring him back up on September 1. I can’t see Cincinnati putting him back into the rotation, and they can’t afford to have him in relief if he’s going to pitch like he has recently.

What would you do with Mike Leake right now?