“As you can see we have continuity in our bullpen now,” Price said before Sunday’s game. “When you think about how many pitchers we’ve gone back and forth with – Jumbo (Diaz) was up and down, Hoover was up and down, Dayan Diaz, (Daniel) Wright. There were so many pitchers that came in here and either made a start or were in the bullpen or were in Keyvius Sampson’s situation where he made an emergency start and went to the bullpen. There was so much ambiguity to it.”
Rehab mode: Even though Iglesias has been on an impressive role, Price is trying to stick to the simple formula the Reds put together when he was activated.
“It is unlikely that we would use Raisel the next day after two innings,” Price said. “Under the guidelines, however many innings he pitched, he’d get a day off. If he pitches one inning, he gets one day off. If he pitches two innings, two days off – mandatory. We got to the point now where if he pitches two innings and he feels great, he can pitch with one day off. We’re getting to the point where we can use him as a regular pitcher as opposed to a rehab pitcher. He hasn’t had any issues at all. He’s throwing great. He’s working his way back.”
Price feels less inhibited with Lorenzen.
“He has been bouncing back pretty well, especially since the All-Star break,” the manager said. “We do a little Q&A with these guys and he’s been bouncing back great. We get to the point that he will be used like a regular pitcher. Lorenzen went 2 2/3 innings (on Saturday), so it’s unlikely we will use him (Sunday), unless he feels great and we have an overwhelming need.”