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Despite speculation, no Reds roster shakeup

Despite speculation, no Reds roster shakeup

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Despite speculation, no Reds roster shakeup
ST. LOUIS -- In a span of 10 minutes early Wednesday afternoon, Triple-A Louisville tweeted that Dontrelle Willis was replacing Travis Wood as a starter for that night's game and then said that the starter was "TBA." An hour later, Willis was bumped again in favor of Wood.

Considering there was a closed-door meeting between general manager Walt Jocketty, manager Dusty Baker and the coaching staff after the Reds' game Tuesday, all of it led to easy speculation that a roster move was imminent. Struggling starter Edinson Volquez was slated to pitch again on Sunday.

Not so, revealed Jocketty. Wood started for Louisville against Columbus. Willis was scheduled to pitch in relief but didn't.

"It's Wood's day to start and I wanted to keep Wood on [his turn]," Jocketty said. "We didn't want to deviate."

In 13 starts for Louisville, Willis is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA, 20 walks and 67 strikeouts. In six starts since his return from Louisville, Volquez is 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA after he was tagged for seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-1 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

When asked if the Reds were still planning to go with Volquez, Jocketty replied, "Yeah."

The Reds haven't played very well heading toward the All-Star break, but the usually patient Jocketty isn't looking to a roster shakeup as a way to get improved play.

"I don't normally react that way," Jocketty said. "If I make a move to do something, it's not to shake things up. It's to make the club better.

"I'm not going to sit here and predict what's going to happen. I can't. We only have a few days left before the break."

The organization has a collection of young players at Louisville doing quite well -- including shortstop Zack Cozart, catcher Devin Mesoraco and outfielders Yonder Alonso and Dave Sappelt. Asked if anyone at Triple-A could help make his club better, Jocketty declined to respond.

"I'm not going to answer a question like that, so stop asking," Jocketty said.

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