SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds have yet to decide whether Aaron Harang will need more rehab outings at Triple-A Louisville or be activated from the disabled list. All indications are that wherever Harang pitches, it will be out of the bullpen and not in a rotation. "We're going to get that figured out by tomorrow," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Monday. "We'll probably use him as a long man."
The Reds lack candidates deserving of being removed from the rotation to make room for Harang, who was the club's longtime ace. If anyone was closest, it might be Edinson Volquez, who has struggled in four of his eight starts back from Tommy John surgery last month. Volquez was knocked out after only two-thirds of an inning Monday vs. the Giants. Harang hasn't pitched for the Reds since June 30 because of lower back spasms.