Baker mulling post-break rotation alignment

Baker mulling post-break rotation alignment

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds optioned pitcher Edinson Volquez to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, and as of Friday manager Dusty Baker was still trying to figure out where his rotation stands.

Not wanting to get too far ahead of himself -- since he's still trying to make sure Volquez's replacement for Sunday is ready to go -- Baker said there could be some changes to the starting rotation after the All-Star break.

"We're reworking it," he said. "We've got four different combinations. We just got to discuss which one we think is better, who we would like to get out there sooner rather than later, and hard, soft, hard, soft so you don't have the same guys back to back."

The Reds are expected to head into the break with right-hander Johnny Cueto throwing Saturday night. Dontrelle Willis is slated to get the call from Louisville to start Sunday. Whether or not the left-hander factors into the Reds plans after the break remains to be seen.

"We've had some plans," Baker said of his whole rotation. "But with injuries you have to re-plan, you know."