08/10/2004 7:47 PM ET
Notes: Reds shuffle starters
Acevedo moves up; Hancock joins rotation
By Todd Lorenz / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Monday's dealing of right-hander Cory Lidle to the Phillies left the Reds with a pretty big gap in the starting rotation.
|Manager Dave Riley has adjusted his starting rotation. (Al Behrman/AP)
Even prior to Lidle's departure, the Reds were hoping to implement a four-man rotation whenever possible by using off days to skip struggling right-hander Jose Acevedo.
That won't be the case much longer.
With Monday's day off, the Reds were able to bypass Acevedo. But with Lidle in Philadelphia, Acevedo will be moved up, and Josh Hancock will join him in the rotation.
"Hancock will throw a side today and be ready for Thursday," Reds manager Dave Miley said.
Hancock, who was acquired along with minor league shortstop Anderson Machado in a pre-deadline deal that sent reliever Todd Jones and minor league outfielder Brad Correll to the Phillies, has been a starter for most of his career. But the right-hander has been limited to a relief role with the Reds, where he has gone 2-0 with a 6.65 ERA in three appearances.
"One thing that this allows us to do is move Josh Hancock into the rotation," Reds general manager Dan O'Brien said of trading Lidle. "He's been in our bullpen because we did not have a place for him in our rotation. Talking with Dave Miley and Don Gullett, they're both excited to give Josh a chance and see what he has."
As for Acevedo, he threw a pair of scoreless relief innings on Sunday at Coors Field, and finished off the ninth inning in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. His next appearance will be Saturday, when he starts against the Padres.
"I thought he threw good in Colorado," Miley said prior to Tuesday's first pitch. "He's available, but we need that fifth starter on Saturday. We skipped over the one start, and hopefully he finds something down [in the bullpen] to help make the adjustment in the rotation."
Starting Wednesday, the Reds rotation will look like this.
Wednesday vs LA: LHP Brandon Claussen
Thursday vs LA: RHP Josh Hancock
Friday vs SD: RHP Paul Wilson
Saturday vs SD: RHP Jose Acevedo
Sunday vs SD: RHP Aaron Harang
Barry's back: Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, who had been battling a strained left oblique muscle, made his first start since July 24 on Tuesday.
"I talked to Larkin and (trainer) Mark Mann yesterday here and they said he was good to go," Miley said.
Not good: Right fielder Austin Kearns was jammed on a pitch during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, and a blood blister formed under the incision left from surgery on his right thumb.
Kearns, who has been limited to 87 Major League at-bats this season, will return to Cincinnati on Wedensday to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Peter Stern.
Still sitting: Ken Griffey Jr. was absent from Cincinnati's starting lineup for the fifth straight game since coming off the disabled list with a partial tear in his right hamstring.
"He's still a little tight," Miley said.
Moving on: Right-hander reliever John Reidling returned to the Reds on Tuesday after spending seven days on the bereavement list after the death of his father, Jack.
Reidling was available for Tuesday's game, but wasn't used.
"If he doesn't get in, he'll do a little side session and then be 100 percent ready tomorrow," Miley said.
Side order: Mike Matthews threw a side session on Tuesday. It's his third since going on the disabled list after having surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow.
Todd Lorenz is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.