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Reds keeping an eye on Leake, skip a start

Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 4:41 pm
 
Mike Leake The Reds will skip Mike Leake's next start and are looking at ways to keep his innings under wraps.

Leake, the team's first-round pick last season, threw 142 innings at Arizona State last season and 89 1/3 innings already this season. The Reds want to limit Leake's innings to "probably 170" Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty tells the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay .

"We have a round number," Jocketty told Fay. "Probably 170, but it's not etched in stone."

Leake was scheduled to start Sunday in the series finale against Cleveland. Instead, Leake will start Tuesday in the second game of the series against Philadelphia at Great American Ball Park.

Leake is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He picked up a no-decision Monday in the Reds' victory over the A's. His 89 1/3 innings are the second-most by a rookie pitcher so far this season, behind Cleveland's Mitch Talbot (90 1/3). St. Louis' Jaime Garcia has thrown 85 1/3 innings.

Leake is averaging 15.44 pitches per inning, the 17th fewest in the National League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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