Maloney to start as Reds wrap first half

Maloney to start as Reds wrap first half

NEW YORK -- The Reds have determined that left-hander Matt Maloney will get at least one more start, and it will be against the Phillies on Sunday to end the first half of Cincinnati's season.

Maloney, who was called up on Tuesday from Triple-A Louisville to replace the injured Aaron Harang, pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs and seven hits during a 3-0 loss to the Mets. The club was holding off its decision until it could evaluate Maloney's outing.

"A lot of it depended on Maloney's performance," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're in a performance business."

Also playing into the decision is that Edinson Volquez, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, will get one more rehab assignment start with Louisville on Friday before rejoining the Reds' rotation for the second half.

"We expect that to be a good start," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said of Volquez. "He'll be evaluated after the break but he should be here after the break."

"[Volquez] didn't balk at the idea too much of one more start down there," Baker said.