The Reds bench may be a little thin in the upcoming days, but manager Bryan Price isn’t too worried about it.
Price and the Reds opted to move Jason Marquis to the bullpen and in doing so, the team now has eight arms out there.
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“I feel a lot better about having eight guys in the bullpen than I concern myself with having four guys on the bench,” Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “With guys like (Michael) Lorenzen and (Mike) Leake, those are guys that handle the bat OK, so for an early guy that can come in and maybe lay down a bunt so we don’t have to burn one of our position players to get a bunt down.”
Certainly having a short bench isn’t an ideal situation, but as Price pointed out it’s impossible to have a full bench and an extra arm in the bullpen. It’s either one or the other.
“It’s pick your poison,” Price said. “Do you feel like you’re short in the bullpen or short on the bench? Right now, I’d rather have the eight-man bullpen than the five-man bench.”