Redmond gets the call to start in doubleheader

Redmond gets the call to start in doubleheader

CINCINNATI -- As the Reds players and coaching staff gathered on the field on Friday for the annual team photograph, pitcher Todd Redmond wasn't sure what to do.

"He was wondering if he was OK to be in the team picture," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I said, 'Yeah, you're on the team. You won't stay very long, but you're on the team.'"

The Reds formally announced what was expected -- that Redmond would be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to pitch Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader vs. the Cubs.

Redmond, 27, will be making his big league debut. He's been called up to the Majors three previous times this season without getting into a game.

"I knew my role. It's what they had planned," Redmond said. "I knew I was a just-in-case guy the last couple of times. It feels great, especially to get here as a starter and try to help the team win."

The Reds acquired Redmond in a July trade that sent shortstop Paul Janish to the Braves. He is 8-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, overall and 2-3 with a 3.41 ERA in five games since joining Louisville.

Since the Reds didn't have him at Spring Training, there is some mystery attached to Redmond's start.

"We're at the mercy of who has had him before because I've never seen him throw," Baker said. "We have to do a lot of research. What are the signs if he's getting tired? Is he a 100-pitch guy, a 115-pitch guy? When you have a new guy, can he hold runners? Is he slow to the plate? Does he have the ability to get out of trouble? What are his signs of getting into trouble? We don't know a whole bunch about him."

Under new rules this season, the Reds can add Redmond as a 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader only without making a corresponding move. He expects to have his parents fly to Cincinnati from St. Petersburg, Fla., for the start.

"It always helps when you know when you're going to do something and go pitch," Redmond said. "I will treat it like any other start."

Ace Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start Game 1 of the doubleheader for Cincinnati. Assuming Cueto makes the start, Redmond's outing will snap what will be a 120-game streak of using only five starters all season.