Earlier this week manager David Bell said that there was an outside chance that Michael Lorenzen could return this weekend in Milwaukee. First the Cincinnati Reds reliever would need to pitch on Thursday night in Louisville and see how that went, then the team would talk things out to determine if it made sense. A few things happened that changed that situation. It would seem the conversation happened before Lorenzen pitched because Bell noted prior to the game on Thursday against the Brewers that he would be in Louisville during the break.
“I would anticipate Michael, unless something unexpected happens in the next couple of days – in the interest of Michael, our team, our entire season – we’ll probably let him stay in Louisville over the break,” said Bell.
Things may have changed a little bit either way, though, because Louisville was postponed by rain on Thursday night. And the plan was to give Lorenzen a day off following this outing as it was, meaning he wouldn’t even have been available until Sunday.
“Get some back-to-back outings in so when he comes back next Friday there’s no limitations on how to use him,” Bell said. “If he were to come back Saturday we would be potentially trading one inning and giving up those All-Star break days where he could be fully built up and I think in the long run we’ll all be better off there, including Michael.”
Louisville will play every day until the Reds return on Friday with the exception of Monday. That will give Michael Lorenzen a few more opportunities to pitch before getting back to the big leagues and really, even though he didn’t necessarily know it at the time, David Bell was right in the assessment that basically you’d be trading one inning over the weekend for multiple opportunities for Lorenzen to pitch in the next week and be better prepared to pitch when the Reds return at home to welcome the Brewers following the All-Star game.