ST. LOUIS -- Currently on the 15-day disabled list with what's being called right shoulder fatigue, Reds rookie pitcher Mike Leake is not on the road trip. But Leake hasn't been shut down for good this season, and the plan is for him to resume throwing on the side Monday. "The progressions will be fairly aggressive," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "It's not like he's going back to his first day of catch back in December. He'll go back and start doing his long-toss routine. As long as everything continues to progress without any discomfort or fatigue, we'll keep pushing him to get back on the mound after about a week of long-toss." Leake is eligible to be activated on Sept. 9, and the club still hopes he can play a part on its potential postseason roster. The 22-year-old's role has yet to be determined. After being moved out of the rotation, he struggled in two relief appearances.
After going 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 24 games, including 22 starts, Leake has 138 1/3 innings during his first professional season. He has been watched closely to prevent overuse. "The innings thing, it cuts both ways," Price said. "You don't want to give a guy too many innings. In the same respect, you want to get him enough innings that you can bump him up the higher totals."