Leake to start Thursday
The Reds are still planning on having RHP Mike Leake make his scheduled start on Thursday vs. the D-Backs, even after Monday’s arrest on allegations of shoplifting.
“He’s still our guy,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday.
Leake still has not addressed the media, but media relations director Rob Butcher said that Leake would speak to reporters following Thursday’s game. He was court earlier Tuesday and requested a diversion program for first time offenders, something that would eventually expunge the misdemeanor crime from his record.
Did the club have thoughts about not starting Leake?
“There was consideration,” Baker said. “We talked about how he felt and could he handle the pressure of it. He said ‘yeah.’ Sometimes in times of trouble, it’s easier to go to work than not go to work.
The club realizes that fan reaction could be unpleasant for Leake in the coming days.
“You’re always concerned. It will happen sooner or later,” Baker said. “It will probably be less adverse fan reaction at home than there would be on the road. We considered that. I can’t say, but at some point, his story will come out with exactly what happened. It just can’t come out now.”