8/17/2014 12:45 P.M. ET
Postponement forces Reds to find Thursday starter
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
DENVER -- Saturday's water main break outside of Coors Field had ramifications for the Reds beyond a postponed game vs. the Rockies. Because of the Sunday doubleheader, Cincinnati will need to call up another starting pitcher in five days, when the Reds play the Braves on Thursday.
The starter has not been revealed as of yet.
"I've got a pretty good idea of what we'll do," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We're probably not going to announce anything for a while. There's so much that goes into this, because we're pitching two guys in our rotation on the same day [Sunday], necessitating a Thursday starter, [and] what roster move that's going to necessitate to get him on the roster. This can get you sideways when you don't have the option to have your 26th player be a starter in Game 2."
Triple-A Louisville lefty starter David Holmberg, the team's No. 10-ranked prospect, was unavailable Sunday since he just pitched on Thursday. Holmberg could have otherwise been the allowed 26th man on the roster for Game 2, which would have let Price push the just called-up Dylan Axelrod back to face Atlanta this week.
"It's more than just inconvenient," Price said. "It creates some challenges with our roster management going into that Thursday game. But we will have a starter there."
Holmberg, who has gone 1-6 with a 4.64 ERA at Louisville, is currently slated to pitch on Monday for the Bats. Another potential option could be right-hander Josh Smith, who is 10-5 with a 4.48 ERA this season. Unlike Holmberg, however, Smith is not on the 40-man roster.
Partch beating a path between Reds and Triple-A
DENVER -- Sunday marked the sixth time this season that right-handed reliever Curtis Partch was recalled by the Reds from Triple-A Louisville. Partch was the 26th man on the roster at the club's disposal for the second game of the day-night doubleheader vs. the Rockies.
For most of the previous callups, Partch could just make the relatively short drive from Louisville to Cincinnati. This time, it required a flight.
"It was really easy," Partch said. "I guess Southwest has direct flights from Louisville to here. It was a short, two-hour flight."
Partch has gone 3-1 with a 5.05 ERA in 35 games for Louisville this season and last pitched on Wednesday, tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He's taken his nutty back-and-forth season in stride.
"You take advantage of your opportunities and try to get better and just help them any way you can when you come up," said Partch, who had seven scoreless innings with two hits, seven walks and six strikeouts over his previous five stints for the Reds.
Even though reliever Logan Ondrusek is back with the team after his one-inning Friday rehab assignment to test his right shoulder at Louisville, he was not an option to activate from the disabled list. Rules dictate that the 26th man has to go back to the Minors after the game.
"We weren't going to use him anyway, just because we wanted him to have two days of recovery time," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We could really utilize someone who could throw more significant innings with the doubleheader today. So that made the decision pretty easy."
Ondrusek will likely be activated on Monday, when the Reds are in St. Louis.