Reds not skipping Leake first time through rotation

Reds not skipping Leake first time through rotation

CINCINNATI -- The Reds had their usual day after Opening Day off on Tuesday but still decided to use all five starters the first time through the rotation rather than skip fifth starter Mike Leake. Skipping Leake would have kept ace Johnny Cueto on his regular four days of rest.

Last season, the Reds never skipped Leake, and no one in the rotation missed a start. However, manager Dusty Baker wouldn't commit to doing the same thing this season around scheduled off-days to keep the other four on turn.

"It's impossible to say what's going to happen," Baker said Thursday. "You make the best of plans, but rarely can you use the plans you make. We have to deal with situations as they come, much like life."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.