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Reds' post-break rotation shaping up

Reds' post-break rotation shaping up

MILWAUKEE -- The Reds know who will start for them coming out of the All-Star break, but not the entire rotation.

Johnny Cueto will pitch on Thursday against the Mets, and Bronson Arroyo will follow on Friday.

"After that, we'll see what transpires with [Edinson] Volquez at the All-Star Game," Reds pitching coach Dick Pole said. "It depends of if he's used or how he's used."

Volquez's final first-half start is on Saturday against Milwaukee, and he will be Cincinnati's lone All-Star during Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium. The game falls on what would be his throwing day in-between starts.

National League manager Clint Hurdle hasn't contacted Reds skipper Dusty Baker about how he might use Volquez. An NL starting pitcher has yet to be named.

If Volquez doesn't pitch, he could be the Reds' third starter after the break and pitch next Saturday. If he is used, he'll likely be fifth and pitch on July 21 vs. the Padres. Josh Fogg and Homer Bailey will get the other two spots, but their first post-break assignments are to be determined.

"I wouldn't want to see him throw 60 pitches," Pole said of Volquez's All-Star appearance. "Those guys are professional. They'll know how to handle that sort of thing. Except for the starter, who often throws two innings, the others usually pitch one [inning] at a time."

Baker added: "The All-Star game is important but a guy's career is more important."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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