Thursday, August 09, 2001

Reds Notebook

Winchester takes Brower's start

By John Fay and John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Scott Winchester, who has been Triple-A Louisville's hottest starter, will be recalled to start tonight for the Reds in the series finale against San Francisco.

        Winchester, a 28-year-old right-hander, will replace Jim Brower, who was moved to the bullpen.

        Winchester was 3-0 as a starter at Louisville. In 18 innings, he allowed one run on 12 hits, walking one and striking out 17.

        Winchester was 0-1 with 3.79 ERA in two stints with the Reds this year.

        Brower was coming off a start in which he allowed only one run over five innings. Not the kind of outing that normally gets you pulled from the rotation.

        “I need him in the bullpen,” manager Bob Boone said.

        Brower, a 28-year-old right-hander, has shuttled between starting and relief three times this year.

        “It's tough,” he said. “You've got to change you routine. But it's the same game.”

        But he understands the move.

        “They feel they need me in the bullpen,” Brower said. “I take that as a compliment.”

        The Reds designated Osvaldo Fernandez for assignment after the game to make room for Winchester.

        SURGERY FOR HARNISCH: The exploratory surgery on Pete Harnisch elbow will be performed today. Harnisch has been on the disabled list since May 11 with elbow problems and will miss the rest of the season.

        POKEY OUT: Shortstop Pokey Reese, who left Tuesday's game in the first inning after feeling sick, was out of the lineup again Wednesday.

        BEAT THE HEAT: The Reds took batting practice inside Wednesday at Cinergy Field, rather than on the field, because of the heat.

        They'll do the same today. Boone also is letting them report later than usual. He noticed players dragging after the West Coast trip.

        “The heat and the jet leg seem to be getting to them,” he said. “We'll give them as much rest as possible.”


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