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Reds' Leake bounced from rotation

Posted on: August 17, 2010 8:22 pm
Mike Leake Mike Leake has been removed from the rotation, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer as the Reds will move forward with Homer Bailey in an attempt to limit the amount of innings on the rookie's right arm.

Leake made the leap from college to the majors without any stops in the minors, slotting into the rotation and getting off to a fast start with a 2.22 ERA through his first 11 starts with 50 whiffs and 25 free passes in 73 innings. However, in his last 11, his ERA checks in at 5.60 with a 22/36 BB/K ratio over 62 2/3 innings.

"Obviously, I’d rather go every fifth day," the 22-year-old said of the switch. "But it will be fun to throw out of the ‘pen — as long as I can do something to help the team."

Leake's 135 2/3 innings on the year is approaching what is thought to be a 170-inning limit for the young righty. Leake tossed 142 innings as a junior for Arizona State, then an additional 19 in the Arizona Fall League, totalling up to 161 innings. The 170-inning limit, then, is a logical benchmark especially considering the disparity in college and major-league competition.

But that's not all. Even though Leake is shuttled off to the bullpen, he may have one other destination on his ledger: Triple-A. Travis Wood is slated to start Thursday, so a roster spot will have to be cleared. Leake may be that man, although Carlos Fisher might be the one to go.

If it is indeed Leake, he would be able to transition to a relief role in a more procedural manner, rather than being thrown into the fire.

One wonders how Leake would adjust to bus rides as the mode of transportation as opposed to cushy private planes.

-- Evan Brunell

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Reds' Leake bounced from rotation

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Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:42 pm

Reds' Leake bounced from rotation

This is probably a good move for the Reds.  With a rotation of Arroyo, Cueto, Volquez, Bailey and Wood it provides the Reds with the chance to keep Leake's innings down for this season.

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