Price noncommittal about Marquis making next start

Price noncommittal about Marquis making next start

CLEVELAND -- On Friday, struggling pitcher Jason Marquis was still listed as the Reds' starter for their Monday game vs. the Rockies.

But it seemed like that was written more in pencil than pen.

After Marquis was roughed up again in a 7-1 loss vs. the Royals on Wednesday, manager Bryan Price indicated that Marquis' status in the rotation was tenuous. On Friday, when asked if Marquis would make his next start, Price seemed to be considering his alternatives.

"I probably would hold off on addressing that question, really, because we have to look at a lot of different things when it comes to making a decision," Price said. "We're dealing with a veteran player. I haven't made any commitments on where we're going from here on out."

Marquis, 36, has a 6.91 ERA in eight starts and has given up 10 earned runs and 11 hits in his last two starts -- covering only 6 2/3 innings.

In Marquis' place, the Reds could use Raisel Iglesias or Michael Lorenzen, who is currently listed as Tuesday's starter. Price said he would consult with general manager Walt Jocketty and pitching coach Jeff Pico.

"We're just trying to figure out what our best rotation is, especially now that we have both Iglesias and Lorenzen up here with us," Price said.

One name not mentioned was Jon Moscot, who is currently 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Louisville. Moscot, who is the Reds' No. 14 prospect according to MLB.com, made his previous start for Louisville on Wednesday. He would be working on his normal rest if he pitched on Monday.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.