I was watching the Reds game today and Williamson breezed through an inning on 6 pitches, came out for the next inning and didn't start the inning. I thought the announcers said that he had developed a blister, but later I saw on ESPN that he had a hyperextended elbow or something like that. If anyone finds out if he's going on the DL, can they post it on here, please? Biddle's available in my league, but I have to get him before another guy in my league who needs a closer, and I can only get Biddle if Williamson goes on the DL.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
I doubt they would move Graves, their starting pitching is weak enough as it is and he has been the only bright spot in an otherwise worthless starting crew. I would bet either Scott Sullivan or Gabe White (usually setup men) would become closer. That's just a guess, but it seems to make sense. White has pitched better so far this year, and that could mean he would win the job.
However, White is a lefty and Sullivan is a righty and managers don't usually like to have to save their top lefty for the 9th inning, preferring to use them on a situational basis. This was the same reason Jeff Nelson, not Arthur Rhodes was the temporary closer in Seattle when Sasaki was out.
jimmy haynes is coming off the DL--even tonight, i think--allowing the reds to move riedling into the closer's role. riedling has *great* stuff, and although boone/gullett see him as a starter, he's been pretty effective as a reliever.
""(the Atlanta team doctor) just said I might have broken up some scar tissue," said Williamson, who had Tommy John surgery two years ago. "He said the same thing happened to (Atlanta closer John) Smoltz (another Tommy John recipient). It's not a big deal."
Williamson pronounced himself ready for normal action beginning tonight."
Riedling has been talked about in the past as having closer stuff, but I'm sure the Reds liked what he did in his 100 pitches on Monday. The return of Haynes could move Riedling back to the bullpen, but just about any of the other starters could suffer a demotion, except (ironically) Graves. If any pitcher other than Riedling is demoted, they wouldn't close. In that case I would look to Heredia.