Monday, June 11, 2001

Harnisch's bruise shouldn't hurt him

He'll probably need another rehab start

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CLEVELAND — Right-hander Pete Harnisch isn't expected to be hampered by the bruised right ankle he suffered in his injury-rehabilitation tuneup Saturday night for Triple-A Louisville against Durham.

        “All indications are that this isn't going to hold him back at all,” said Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek, who examined Harnisch on Sunday. “The swelling's still there, but it's down. He looks 100 percent better.”

        Kremchek said Harnisch did some light jogging and throwing on Sunday, one day after X-rays and a CAT scan revealed no evidence of a fracture.

        Kremchek said Harnisch probably will rejoin the Reds in Chicago, where they begin a three-game interleague series against the White Sox on Tuesday. It'll then be up to manager Bob Boone and pitching coach Don Gullett to determine the next step for Harnisch, who's recovering from a sore elbow. Saturday, Harnisch threw seven pitches and allowed three runs when Durham's Bobby Smith hit him with a line drive, so the right-hander will need one more side ses sion or rehab outing at least.

        “The good news is that this gives his elbow more time to calm down,” Boone said.

        PITCHING PLANS: Boone confirmed that Osvaldo Fernandez will pitch at Chicago on Thursday, when Harnisch would have returned.

        Boone wasn't ready to announce what he'll do for Saturday's game against Colorado, the next time the Reds need a fifth starter.

        Options include giving long reliever Jim Brower a spot start or calling up a pitcher from Triple-A. Boone said he probably wouldn't use Elmer Dessens, Tuesday's starter, on short rest.


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