"We can’t have these short outings," manager Dusty Baker grumbled to the Cincinnati Enquirer after Harang's second start back from the DL ended quickly. "That puts pressure on my bullpen for the ensuing days after that."
The righty threw 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies Monday, coughing up four runs on four hits and three walks, striking out just one. In his prior start against the Brewers, Harang tossed four innings, giving up eight hits, walking three and whiffing two en route to one earned run, three total.
If the Reds opt to move on from Harang, Edinson Volquez could reclaim his spot in the rotation. Volquez was optioned to the minors as his inconsistent results after recovering from Tommy John surgery couldn't cut it for the first-place Reds. However, Volquez whiffed 10 in six innings for Class A Dayton, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. He has been starting on the same days as Harang so he can slide in seamlessly if need be.
Harang refused to look over his shoulder, though.
“I can’t think about that now,” he said. “It’s going to be the last thing on my mind. I’ve got to get out and get back in groove. I don’t feel I’m getting in a groove.”If Harang stays in the rotation, his next draw will come on Saturday against Pittsburgh.
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