By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SAN FRANCISCO - Chris Reitsma will miss his start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants here.
Reitsma returned to Cincinnati Thursday and was examined by medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Friday. The exam and MRI showed biceps tendinitis.
"There's no structural damage," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "Tim said three or four days."
Ryan Dempster will start instead Sunday. The question is who will start Monday in Dempster's spot.
If he's out three days, Reitsma might be able to start Monday If not, the Reds will have to come up with a Plan B.
"We had a lot of different thoughts," Boone said. "I'm not going to share them with you at this time."
The possibilities would include starting John Riedling, who pitched 3 2/3 innings Wednesday, or calling up someone from the minors for a start.
Reitsma thinks he'll be able to pitch. But Boone said he wouldn't just take his word for it.
"I'd like to have him show he can throw," Boone said.
That will be difficult, because the Reds don't return to Cincinnati until late Sunday.
So there's a real possibility someone will be needed Monday.
Riedling threw 64 pitches in relief of Dempster Wednesday. Boone likes the idea of him starting, so this would be a perfect time to try it.
But a lot depends on how much work the bullpen gets and if Riedling is needed.
Left-hander Lance Davis (2-2, 2.86 ERA) and right-hander Scott Randall (3-0, 3.43) are pitching well at Louisville. The Reds could recall left-hander Jimmy Anderson, who is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA at Louisville since his demotion from the Reds.
"We might wait until 6:15 on Monday to decide," Boone said.
Reitsma complained of pain in the front of his shoulder after his start Tuesday in Colorado.
"It was consistent with his biceps tendon," trainer Mark Mann said. "The examination and MRI confirmed that."
PUSHED BACK: Jimmy Haynes was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday before the Reds-Giants game. .
Pouring rain pushed that session back to today.
CORRELATION? Aaron Boone entered Friday hitting .343 in the nine games since he moved back to third base.
Is the move behind the surge?
"I don't think so," Boone said.
His father, Bob, agreed: "I don't think there's a connection. He didn't swing that well in the San Diego series but got some hits.
"But I do know I'm more comfortable with him at third."
SERIES-OUSLY SPEAKING: By taking the Colorado series, two games to one, the Reds have won three straight series for the first time since April 19-27 of last season.
They haven't won four straight series since July 23-Aug. 25, 2001.
IN THE CLUTCH: The Reds entered Friday hitting .356 with runners in scoring position over their last four games. The Reds won three of the four.
FARM REPORT: Pete Harnisch started for Triple-A Louisville Thursday. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-5 loss to Buffalo.
Brandon Larson went 2-for-4 with a home run. He's hitting .344 with three homers and seven RBI in his eight games at Louisville.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Paul Wilson (1-2, 3.48) will face right-hander Jesse Foppert (0-2, 5.54) in the second game of the series at 4:05 p.m. today.
Wilson earned his first victory in his last outing, beating the Padres. He allowed three earned runs in seven innings.
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