just had a quick word with memphis pitching coach dyar miller, who is out in my neighborhood (colorado springs) for a series with the sky sox. he tells me anthony reyes will be returning to triple-a immediately after tonight's game; already has his plane ticket. our conversation continued more or less like this:
so he's not auditioning for a spot on the postseason roster?
- no, the cardinals just want to get a look at him and see how he's progressing.
did the cardinals consider any other options for this spot start --- chris gissell? kevin jarvis?
- no. sometimes they just call down and tell you who they want, and there's no real discussion about it.
how has reyes been throwing since he can back off the DL?
- he's doing okay. we've been keeping him below 100 pitches, 80-100 pitches a start, and the shoulder hasn't bothered him. at least, he hasn't complained about it. and he's been doing all his side work.
how has his velocity been since he got back?
- he's still averaging 91, 92 and topping out at 94.
about the same as before he got hurt?
- he might be down a mile an hour. but he might be faster than that tonight.
and how is his control? his command?
- he's doing a lot better at keeping the ball down. that's where he needs to improve --- he knows he needs to improve. but he's doing better.
you think he'll pitch well tonight?
- he'll be nervous --- everybody's nervous when they play their first game in the majors --- but he'll be ready to go.
- danny haren pitched very well for the cardinals in relief during the postseason last year. can you envision a similar role for anthony reyes?
- i wouldn't think so. he's a starter, and i don't think they would want to make any moves with that.
while i had him on the phone, i asked coach miller about adam wainwright's recent travails. miller said that wainwright has never thrown this many innings before in a single season and it's catching up to him; he's hit a dead-arm phase. he will be taking his regular turn wednesday night vs the sky sox.