Cochran was not even invited to big-league camp. That shows how deep the Reds have gone to fill the pitching staff after a spate of injuries. The Cochran transaction was the 15th of the week involving a Reds pitcher.
"I never had a stretch like this," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We put a new player on the roster every day. We've got more players than we know what to do with; the problem is roster spots."
A 19-inning and a 12-inning game did not help matters.
"We've been fortunate that the guys who have come up have all done well," Jocketty said. "(Daryl) Thompson had some command problems. But he battled. I don't think we expected to get him (in) a game as early as he did. He got off the plane and pitched."
Despite the 2-8 road trip, Jocketty is confident in his club.
"We knew going into this trip that it was going to be rough," he said. 'We're in the middle of that 20-day span with a tough road trip against three quality teams. What compounded it was injuries. We've held (our) own. We were close the two games in Cleveland. We could have won them and came up short. (Saturday) night, we battled back. I give our guys credit. They've played hard. Eventually, we're going to get back to full strength and get back to first place."
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