“This is the third or fourth year of doing this,” said manager Bryan Price on Friday before the start of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, “going back to ‘13 when (Mat) Latos was hurt and (Homer) Bailey got hurt and we had to deal with some of those issues. That just went into ‘15 and ‘16, not having an intact rotation. It’s not unique. It is something you learn to deal with. I would say I’m a lot better at handling it and knowing what to expect in 2017 as opposed to ‘14 or ‘15 or ‘16.”
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There isn’t much Price can do at this point. The best ERA among starters in the current rotation belongs to Scott Feldman (2-4, 4.29). Amir Garrett (3-3, 5.18) had the best numbers in April. He was sent to Triple-A to rest his arm and allowed six earned runs in four innings Thursday in his return to the big leagues.
Bronson Arroyo (3-3) has had his moments, but his ERA stands at 6.31 after eight starts. Tim Adleman (2-2, 5.27) and Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1, 4.85) are the other options until Brandon Finnegan, Homer Bailey and Anthony DeSclafani get healthy or until the Reds give the next young arm from the minor leagues a chance.
“We’ve run a lot of rookie arms through here,” Price said. “Some have learned to swim here. Others have sank to the bottom. It’s one way of finding out what we have in the system. Who’s a big leaguer? Who isn’t? Who needs more seasoning? And who’s better as a reliever than as a starter? It’s a challenge, but it’s what we signed up for.”
Rockies at Reds, 4:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410