Baker: ‘Come on Latos’
Everyone in the Reds bullpen, except for Alfredo Simon, was used in Sunday’s 13-inning win over the Padres. Manager Dusty Baker will not have everyone available in Monday’s game vs. the Cubs. Mat Latos will be counted on to have a deep outing.
“Some of it is not [available],” Baker said. “[Logan] Ondrusek is a little sore. Our guys have either been pitching a lot or warming up a lot. A lot of times, it goes into the equation, especially when you have one lefty. I’ve had to get Manny [Parra] up quite a few times up and don’t get him into the game. Look at all the teams near the top, they have two lefties. You’d like to get another lefty, a quality lefty, which is hard to find.
“So, come on Latos.”
Ondrusek threw 43 pitches over 1 2/3 innings. Sam LeCure worked 1 1/3 innings. Jonathan Broxton, recently off of the DL, worked an inning as did Aroldis Chapman. Parra pitched Saturday and Sunday. Simon pitched 2 1/3 innings on Saturday after also pitching an inning on Friday.
Summonining reinforcements from Triple-A Louisville did not seem viable.
“Our options aren’t good,” Baker said. “[Curtis] Partch hasn’t been available for a while. Who else can really help us right now that’s on the roster? (Partch was placed on the 7-day DL by Louisville on Saturday with a right biceps injury)
“Maybe today, Big Latos will get us back, and Bailey can get us back on this 20-consecutive day thing in pretty good shape.”