Ondrusek solid on Friday after long layoff

Ondrusek solid on Friday after long layoff

Ondrusek solid on Friday after long layoff
BALTIMORE -- There was no need for a search party to find Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek. He was healthy and in the bullpen during the entire week he went unused.

Ondrusek pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits allowed during Friday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles in 12 innings. Both of the hits were of the infield variety. It was his first game action since June 17 versus the Blue Jays.

"I was a little rusty as far as spotting pitches," Ondrusek said. "I fell behind guys, but luckily I made pitches when I had to and I put the ball in play instead of walking people, which is the main thing."

Some deep performances from Reds starting pitchers shortened the need for the bullpen before Friday, and other than warming up a few times, Ondrusek was idle. He was held back for a couple of games because of some soreness, but that is not the case lately.

"There was nothing wrong with him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Sometimes it works out like that. You can go four days in a row and not pitch for a week."

Ondrusek still ranks tied for 13th in the National League with 36 appearances, and he has a 1.69 ERA. Even before the week off, many of his more recent outings have been more spread out than they were earlier this season.

"No matter how much you throw in the bullpen, it's not the same as when a hitter steps in," Ondrusek said. "There's more adrenaline and your stuff will move a little more. You never know what the umpire will give you. It was nice to get out there."