“He’s healthy,” Price said. “He threw a bullpen (on Wednesday). It’s all fine.”
Price is becoming too adept at juggling starting pitchers.
“We have a lot of moving pieces in the rotation,” he said. “I’m comfortable with that.”
Price admitted that he would be equally as comfortable with situations such as 2012, when five pitchers – Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Mike Leake – made all but one start for the Reds. The other start came from Todd Redmond, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs created by a postponement earlier that season.
Daddy Devin: Cincinnati activated catcher Devin Mesoraco from the three-day paternity list before Thursday's game and placed right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.
“The MRI dictated he needed some time off,” Price said. “At this point, I don’t have any more concern other than he’s going to miss some time.”
Bonilla won’t throw until at least Monday, Price said.
Mesoraco’s wife, Kira, gave birth on Sunday to their first child, a son, Luke Devin. Mesoraco was asked if he’d gotten much sleep during his three days off.
“Not really, but it’s OK,” he said. “I’ll get some sleep.”
Bounceback?: After setting single-game career highs by allowing 10 runs and 10 earned runs on Sunday against St. Louis, right-hander Homer Bailey (3-6, 8.86 earned-run average) is Cincinnati's scheduled starter on Friday in the opener of the three-game series at Milwaukee and 10-game, 10-day road trip that includes stops in Chicago to play the Cubs and Atlanta. Bailey is 5-9 with a 4.93 ERA in 23 career starts against the Brewers, including 3-3 with a 4.36 ERA at Miller Park.
Milwaukee’s scheduled starter, right-hander Jimmy Nelson (9-5, 3,24), is 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA in 13 career games, including 11 starts, against the Reds.