Straily replaces Melville in Reds' rotation

Straily replaces Melville in Reds' rotation

ST. LOUIS -- The Reds announced a change to their rotation for the upcoming series vs. the Rockies. On Monday, Dan Straily will join the starting five and get the nod for the series opener against Colorado.

That decision meant that Alfredo Simon was pushed back a day to Tuesday and Raisel Iglesias also moved back to take Wednesday's series finale.

What it also means is that Tim Melville is out of the rotation after two starts. Manager Bryan Price said that Melville will be available out of the bullpen.

Melville's solid MLB debut

In his first two big league starts, Melville struggled with command. He lasted four innings while throwing 92 pitches vs. the Pirates in his first start on April 10, but allowed one run. On Friday vs. the Cardinals during a 14-3 loss, he walked his first two batters on eight pitches and later gave up a pair of three-run homers and seven runs overall.

Straily was claimed off of waivers on April 2 from the Padres, right after he was traded to San Diego from Houston. Given a long-man role in Cincinnati, he has a 3.24 ERA over 8 1/3 innings in three games. He last pitched three innings to follow Melville on Friday, allowing a solo homer.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for 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.