Harang hopeful he'll start on Tuesday

Harang hopeful he'll start on Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Shortly before the start of the Reds' game against the Mets on Monday, the Reds scratched starting pitcher Aaron Harang because of lower back pain.

Left-handed rookie Travis Wood, originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, was moved up to make his second big league start on three days' rest. Wood was given an hour's notice.

"I'm ready to go whenever. If they need me to pitch, I'm going to pitch," said Wood, who gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits over 4 2/3 innings.

After the Reds' 8-6 win, Harang was hopeful he could get better in time to start on Tuesday. The club had trouble locating a chiropractor because of the observed Independence Day holiday, but eventually found one after combing through contacts and even the phonebook.

"We'll see in the morning," Harang said of his status. "I just have to get it to calm down a little bit. He worked on me for a couple of innings to get things right.

The injury struck Harang on Monday afternoon.

"I was about to sit and lean forward when I heard it pop," said Harang, who is 6-7 with 5.02 ERA in 18 starts, but 4-2 with a 3.94 ERA over his last eight starts.

Harang was moving around the clubhouse gingerly, so his making the start on Tuesday is not a given. The club already told Bronson Arroyo he would not move up to pitch on short rest like Wood did.

As luck would have it, the Reds' best starter at Triple-A Louisville is scheduled to start on Tuesday. The club could call up lefty Matt Maloney if Harang isn't available. General manager Walt Jocketty would not divulge his Plan B.

"We're working on it," Jocketty said.