Sunday, May 4, 2003

Reds notebook: Riedling prepared to start


Could go Monday if not needed as as reliever today

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

PHOTO GALLERY

Photos of Saturday's game
SAN FRANCISCO - John Riedling's ready. Riedling probably will get the call to start Monday night - if Chris Reitsma can't because of his biceps tendinitis, and if the Reds don't need Riedling to pitch today against the San Francisco Giants.

Riedling pitched one inning in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Giants, but that won't keep him from starting Monday.

"That was the setup for Monday," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "But it depends on what happens (today). John's available."

Riedling threw 64 pitches in 3 2/3 innings of relief in Wednesday's 13-11 victory over Colorado. That bodes well for him starting.

"They talked to me about it," Riedling said. "It's definitely an opportunity. I think any relief pitcher would want to do it."

Riedling thinks he'll be able to go long enough to save the rest of the bullpen.

"I'll be OK as long as I don't hit any triples," he said.

Riedling was sucking wind after singling and eventually scoring in the Colorado game.

If Riedling is needed today, the alternative Monday would be to bring someone up from Triple-A Louisville.

Lance Davis (2-2, 2.86 ERA) and Scott Randall (3-0, 3.43) have pitched well for the Bats.

The Reds still are holding out some hope Reitsma can make the start.

"He played catch (Saturday) and it was better," pitching coach Don Gullett said.

HAYNES UPDATE: Jimmy Haynes, on the disabled list with a bugling disc, threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game.

"It went great," Gullett said. "Everything was working. He had good velocity."

Haynes was eligible to come off the DL Saturday, but he's probably at least a week away.

He'll throw again Tuesday.

SCORING CHANGE: After reviewing the situation, the official scorer awarded Aaron Boone a stolen base in the ninth inning of Friday's 5-1 Reds victory.

It originally was ruled defensive indifference, but the score was 5-1 and the Giants held Boone on.

YOUNG EIGHT: With Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. out, the Reds have been using the second-youngest starting eight in the majors.

The average age of Sean Casey, Ryan Freel, Felipe Lopez, Aaron Boone, Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, Jose Guillen and Jason LaRue is 26.3 years.

Only the Detroit Tigers, at 25.9, have a younger lineup.

The Giants have the oldest at 33.4.

OUCH, OUCH: Boone was sporting a big bruise above his right knee - the result of two foul balls.

"How many times do you foul a ball off your back leg?" Boone said. "I do it twice."

MORE BOONE: Boone was called out for failing to retouch the second-base bag when returning to first on Guillen's fly ball in the eighth inning Saturday.

Bob Boone argued - strongly enough to get ejected on most days.

"I got a little excited," Bob said.

Replays showed Aaron stepped over the bag.

"I have to see (the replay)," Bob said. "I told (second-base umpire) Bill Miller I'll apologize if I was wrong."

BOB ON MAC: The Giants are dedicating a statue to Hall of Famer Willie McCovey today.

Boone puts McCovey in an elite class.

"He was one of three guys I caught behind where if he was looking for a pitch, your pitcher could throw his best pitch and (McCovey) would kill it," Boone said. "Watching him take batting practice was like watching Mark McGwire.

"And Willie's just a great guy. Class guy. Very special."

UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up the series and the road trip with a 5 p.m. game today.

Right-hander Ryan Dempster (1-1, 7.02 ERA) faces left-hander Kirk Rueter (2-1, 3.34). Dempster is coming off a 1 1/3-inning, one-hit, seven-run disaster Wednesday.




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