Reds rookie starter Mike Leake will begin throwing again on Monday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports .
Leake, the Reds' first-round pick in 2009, skipped the minor leagues entirely, making the Reds' rotation out of spring training.
There had been conjecture that the team would shut him down after he threw 138 1/3 innings, just shy of the number he threw last season at Arizona State in 2009.
The Reds placed him on the disabled list last week with what they called "right shoulder fatigue."
"The progressions will be fairly aggressive," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "It's not like he's going back to his first day of catch back in December. He'll go back and start doing his long-toss routine. As long as everything continues to progress without any discomfort or fatigue, we'll keep pushing him to get back on the mound after about a week of long-toss."
Leake can come off the disabled list on Sept. 9 and the team hopes he can still play some role in the last month of the regular season and perhaps the postseason. Leake made two relief appearances after 22 starts and struggled in both of those outings.
Leake is 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA. If he is used in a reliever role, he could also serve as a pinch hitter or pinch runner in a … pinch. Travis Wood has stepped into Leake's spot in the rotation and pitched as well as Leake did earlier this season. The left-handed rookie is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA after Saturday's win over Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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