Starter needed for doubleheader
It’s still a week away but the Reds will have a day-night doubleheader next Tuesday, July 8, vs. the Cubs to make up for a rainout. The Reds will likely call up someone to make one of the starts while Johnny Cueto is lined up to make the other.
Triple-A Louisville’s rotation lines up to have Jair Jurrjens start on that Tuesday.
“We’ve got some things in motion but we haven’t finalized anything yet,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “There are a few considerations down there. We still have time to move people around to get that right guy. But we also want to get more opinion from our Triple-A staff, etc.”
The Bats’ rotation also has Chien-Ming Wang is 8-5 with a 3.48 ERA and like Jurrjens (2-3, 4.46), has big league experience. But neither are on the 40-man roster.
LHP David Holmberg is on the 40-man roster and doing much better since coming off of Louisville’s DL after a shoulder injury. Since June 11, he has a 1.99 ERA. Overall, he is 0-4 with a 5.75 ERA. Holmberg was acquired from the D-backs in the three-way trade that sent Ryan Hanigan to the Rays.
“He’s sharper,” Price said. “His velocity is back up a little bit. I think he’s touching 92. His average fastball was 90 the last game. I think it does speak that he’s feeling a lot better than he did in spring.”