Leake earns one more start, likely vs. Cubs

Leake earns one more start, likely vs. Cubs

Leake earns one more start, likely vs. Cubs
CHICAGO -- Tuesday's career-best nine-inning performance vs. the Cubs was not the swan-song start for Reds pitcher Mike Leake after all.

"He'll get another start," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Wednesday.

The Reds are trying to cap Leake's load in his second big league season. He is at 167 combined innings in the Major Leagues and a short Triple-A stint after he threw 138 1/3 innings in 2010.

Although the Reds have yet to list their probable pitchers beyond this weekend, it would line up that Leake could start on Monday against the Cubs again. The 23-year-old took a one-hit shutout into the ninth in Chicago but gave up Bryan LaHair's game-tying two-run homer with two outs. The Reds won the game, 4-2, in 13 innings.

"He wanted to go out on a win, and that would have been perfect last night," Baker said. "But if he had shut them out last night, he would have wanted to pitch again anyway."

Called up over the weekend from Triple-A Louisville, Edinson Volquez would get Leake's spot in the rotation and likely make two or three starts.

"We'll possibly go one time in the rotation with six starters by adding Volquez," said Reds pitching coach Bryan Price. "Volquez will be the guy that inevitably takes Mike's spot in the rotation when we terminate his innings."