This is good to read. Tony LaRussa is by no means denying that he is thinking about inserting rookie Anthony Reyes into the starting rotation soon…only this time without any particular injury to a current member of the rotation as his reason. Neither I nor anyone else can guarantee his continued and/or consistent success in the big league, but at this point I don’t think any starter is without need of a wake-up call. Carpenter seems to have gotten his, and we can hope that LaRussa coyness with the situation, if nothing else, will be sufficient for the rest.
And personally speaking, I’d like to see a Reyes’ start where he has his stay in the big leagues at risk. In each of his previous starts, he knew he was headed back down to Triple A regardless of what transpired. In other words, while it wasn’t exactly a "no pressure" situation, it also wasn’t "you pitch well and you stay or else." I"m ready to see the the "kid" has…inside and out.