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No promotion for Willis just yet

Posted on: July 6, 2011 7:02 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 9:22 pm
By Matt Snyder

When Dontrelle Willis was scratched from his scheduled start for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, there was much speculation that he was headed to Cincy. After all, Willis is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts and most of the Reds' big-league rotation -- namely Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and Travis Wood -- has struggled this season. And it's not like Willis is a prospect where his major-league upside is unknown. He's a two-time All-Star who won the Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was Cy Young runner-up in 2005. So being scratched from a Triple-A start might have been the sign that the Reds were ready to bring him up. Reds' manager Dusty Baker even hinted that something was afoot (John Fay via Twitter) earlier Wednesday.

In the end, though, Willis is actually going to pitch in relief Wednesday night for the Louisville Bats while Wood gets the start. Volquez will start Sunday for the Reds (Fay on Twitter), so Willis won't get a look with the major-league club until after the All-Star break.

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Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:33 pm

No promotion for Willis just yet


Volquez just got designated for assignment meaning that the D-Train will take his spot on Sunday.  Dontrelle was scratched from his start on Wednesday and was supposed to be pushed to the bullpen but didn't pitch.  It only makes sense that Dusty is saving Dontrelle to start on Sunday in place for Volquez.  I hope the D-Train is officially back, one of my favorite pitchers.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:10 pm

No promotion for Willis just yet

It would be nice to see him back in the Bigs.  I sadly almost forgot about him..  He was so dominant in 2005.

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