"I'm not a one-time-pitch-bad guy and you're off the list," Baker said. "I'm not a one-time-pitch-great guy and jump on your bandwagon. I'm not that kind of guy. There's been plenty of competition. It's a matter of how open-minded we allow ourselves to remain.Baker was asked if by open-minded, if he meant considering younger pitchers like Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez or Homer Bailey. "Quite frankly, I get tired of young or old. It's good or bad and good or great," he said. "You have to give Belisle some strong consideration because he pitched 170 innings last year and went 8-9. You have to leave some room for improvement. If you pitch good enough, they'll have to be on the team for you somewhere. If you pitch good enough, long enough, you'll be pretty close to being somewhere on the team." Nice showing: Squeezed because of camp numbers and innings wiped out by rain, Daryl Thompson finally got to pitch for the Reds on Sunday. He didn't waste the opportunity. Thompson, who was part of the 2006 eight-player trade with the Nationals, struck out the side in the seventh inning. Last season, the right-hander split time at Class A Dayton and Sarasota. "Thompson was great," Baker said. "That was his first appearance. He looked like he'd been out there before, especially a guy from A-ball. He hadn't pitched hardly at all because of all the people we have. I'd like to give him another look. He's earned it." Up next: The Reds will head to Tampa Monday for a 7:15 p.m. ET game against the Yankees at Legends Field. Homer Bailey will make his third start for Cincinnati, with Edinson Volquez among the handful of hurlers slated to follow. Joba Chamberlain will start for New York.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.