PHOENIX -- The Reds sent rookie sensation Mike Leake to the bullpen on Tuesday, temporarily dropping the right-hander from the starting rotation.
Leake, Cincinnati's No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, never played a day in the Minors. He's 8-4 with a 3.78 ERA spanning 22 starts and 135 2/3 innings. But in his past three starts he allowed 17 runs on 21 hits, losing the past two.
"This way we can see where we are," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before his club played the D-backs at Chase Field. "It doesn't take him long to get loose. We can monitor his innings. It shouldn't be a horrible transition."
Baker said there was no particular timetable for bringing Leake back into the rotation.
"It depends," Baker said. "It depends on how far we go into September and hopefully into October."
Right now the starting rotation will be Bronson Arroyo, Edinson Volquez, Travis Wood, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto.