Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Reds notebook: Riedling will pitch on Friday

Could do stint in minors, or start or relieve for Reds

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer


Photos of Tuesday's game
ST. LOUIS - John Riedling is good to go for Friday. "He's going to pitch," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "We just haven't decided where."

Riedling is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. The right elbow tendinitis that landed him there is no longer a problem.

"It feels great," Riedling said.

He threw 80 pitches on Sunday and followed that with an intense 12-minute session on Tuesday.

"He's ready to pitch," Reds pitching coach Don Gullett said. "(Tuesday) was better than Sunday. He really looked good."

The Reds have Jimmy Anderson, who took Riedling's spot in the rotation, set to start on Friday.

The Reds could move Riedling back into the rotation or use him in relief Friday.

Or, Riedling could end up in a rehab stint in the minor leagues if the bullpen's well-rested and the Reds decide to go with Anderson.

"We have two days to figure out what to do," Boone said.

Boone said the decision will probably be made before the Reds leave Thursday for Cleveland, where they open a three-game series with the Indians on Friday.

Anderson has lost both of his starts since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville. The first loss was the result of two runs allowed in the sixth, the second the result of two runs allowed in the seventh.

Boone said the Reds have noticed a drop in Anderson's effectiveness after 80 pitches, so he could be put on a pitch count with Riedling taking over when Anderson gets to 80 pitches.

CASEY UPDATE: Sean Casey said the report that his suspension has been reduced to two games from three and that he will serve it Friday and Saturday in Cleveland is false.

"I have my appeal scheduled July 1 in Pittsburgh,' he said.

NO DUNN: Adam Dunn was out of the starting lineup Tuesday.

The reason?

"I can only play three in the outfield and I'm playing (Jose) Guillen," Boone said. "That's about as deep as I can get with it."

With Dunn hitting .203 entering Tuesday's game and Guillen hitting .339, it's something that could happen more often.

NO WORRIES: The injury to Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams in a motorcycle accident has brought to light athletes doing dangerous things in their spare time.

The Reds have a large motorcycle-riding contingent. Williams was injured riding a sports bike; the Reds ride Harley-Davidsons.

Gabe White, one of the riders, says he made sure when he signed his contract with Colorado that riding was OK.

"It's something I really enjoy," he said. "I've been doing it a long time. You have to be careful. You have to watch out for other people. The bikes we ride are big and they're loud, so people are aware of you."

KEARNS BACK IN: Austin Kearns returned to the starting lineup Tuesday after sitting out Sunday to rest his sore right shoulder.

He said his shoulder felt better after two days rest - Sunday and Monday's off day.

"He feels like all major leaguers feel this time of year," Boone said. "He's hurting. But hopefully it quieted down a little."

FUTURES GAME: Two Reds minor leaguers, Stephen Smitherman and Edwin Encarnacion have been selected to play in the Futures Game during the All-Star Weekend in Chicago. The game is July 13.

Smitherman, a 24-year-old outfielder, was selected in the 2000 draft. He's hitting .323 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI at Double-A Chattanooga.

Encarnacion, a 20-year-old third baseman, was obtained in the Rob Bell trade with Texas in 2001. He's hitting .285 with two homers and 10 RBI at Single-A Potomac.

UP NEXT: The Reds play the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game series. The time of the game has been moved up an hour to 7:05 p.m. to accommodate ESPN's broadcast.

Fox Sports Net's broadcast will be shown in Cincinnati. Right-hander Paul Wilson (5-4, 4.22 ERA) faces right-hander Matt Morris (7-5, 3.64).



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