Jocketty: No shake up
So after all the speculation earlier this afternoon, the Reds roster is no different. General manager Walt Jocketty said that Dontrelle Willis is slated to pitch in relief tonight behind Travis Wood.
“It’s Wood day to start and I wanted to keep Wood on [his turn]. We didn’t want to deviate,” Jocketty said.
The mixed messages over Wood and Willis were good reasons to wonder if the Reds might make a change in their rotation, especially with the struggling Edinson Volquez scheduled to start Sunday.
When asked if the Reds still planning to go with Volquez, Jocketty said “yeah.”
The Reds haven’t played well heading towards the end of the first half, but the usually patient Jocketty isn’t seeking a move to shake things up.
“I don’t normally react that way,” Jocketty said. “If I make a move to do something, it’s not to shake things up. It’s to make the club better.
“I’m not going to sit here and predict what’s going to happen. I can’t. We only have a few days left before the break.”
The organization has a collection of young players at Triple-A Louisville doing well — whether it’s Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco or Yonder Alonso. Asked if they could make this club better, Jocketty declined to discuss.
“I’m not going to answer a question like that so stop asking,” Jocketty said.