09/07/11 7:48 PM ET
Chapman may find himself in 2012 rotation
After two seasons in 'pen, Reds lefty should get chance to start
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Leake earns one more start, likely vs. Cubs
CHICAGO -- Tuesday's career-best nine-inning performance vs. the Cubs was not the swan-song start for Reds pitcher Mike Leake after all."He'll get another start," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Wednesday. The Reds are trying to cap Leake's load in his second big league season. He is at 167 combined innings in the Major Leagues and a short Triple-A stint after he threw 138 1/3 innings in 2010. Although the Reds have yet to list their probable pitchers beyond this weekend, it would line up that Leake could start on Monday against the Cubs again. The 23-year-old took a one-hit shutout into the ninth in Chicago but gave up Bryan LaHair's game-tying two-run homer with two outs. The Reds won the game, 4-2, in 13 innings. "He wanted to go out on a win, and that would have been perfect last night," Baker said. "But if he had shut them out last night, he would have wanted to pitch again anyway." Called up over the weekend from Triple-A Louisville, Edinson Volquez would get Leake's spot in the rotation and likely make two or three starts. "We'll possibly go one time in the rotation with six starters by adding Volquez," said Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. "Volquez will be the guy that inevitably takes Mike's spot in the rotation when we terminate his innings."
Baker impressed with Mesoraco's first starts
CHICAGO -- Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco's first two big league starts on Monday and Tuesday were considered a success by his manager, Dusty Baker."I'd probably give him a 95 or 96 on a scale of 100," Baker said. Mesoraco caught Dontrelle Willis on Monday and Mike Leake on Tuesday. Although neither pitcher earned a victory, both pitched well. Leake took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning during his outing.
Mesoraco also fired a bullet in the bottom of the 10th to complete an inning-ending 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded."He's called a good game," Baker said. "Naturally, he has a few things to learn, but he has come a long way in a short period of time since I first saw him a couple of years ago. He pays attention. He's conscientious. He's getting better throwing. When I first saw him, he had a sore arm. He threw the ball well. He received it well."
Class A Dayton's Midwest League playoff game vs. Lansing was postponed on Wednesday because of rain. The game was re-scheduled for Thursday.