Now in bullpen, Harang ready to step up

Now in bullpen, Harang ready to step up

CINCINNATI -- Aaron Harang said he will be ready to pitch whenever he's called upon now that he has been replaced in the Reds' starting rotation.

"I'll just go out there when I get called upon to pitch. Basically that's what it comes down to," Harang said. "I've had my struggles the past couple of years, a couple of injuries, a couple of fluke injuries. It's frustrating, but I've got to go out there and pitch when I get the opportunity to pitch."

Harang was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday against Pittsburgh, but he was bumped in favor of Edinson Volquez, who is returning from a two-start stint at Class A Dayton.

Volquez was sent to the Minors after consecutive tough starts against San Francisco and Arizona with the hope he could fix his mechanics and regain control of his pitches. In those two appearances, Volquez allowed 11 hits and 10 earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings.

Harang is in the final guaranteed year of a four-year, $36.5 million deal he signed after back-to-back 16-win seasons. Since then, he has won just 18 games. Harang missed time this year due to back spasms, and the time off did not to ease the suffering he's had on the mound.

"I came back up and I was kind of rusty," Harang said. "I hadn't pitched in two months. It's kind of like Spring Training, where you've got to get those innings in and get beat around before you start getting the feel back. I'm having a hard time finding that feel and getting into a good groove with the catcher."