CINCINNATI -- The Reds have not committed themselves to a rotation plan for after Thursday's scheduled off-day. A starter will eventually be needed to replace John Lamb, who was demoted to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
It won't be Homer Bailey, who has at least one rehab start remaining until he can return from Tommy John surgery.
"There's some ideas that I have. [Pitching coach] Mack [Jenkins] and I have discussed on guys that we'd like to see," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We'd like to take a look at all of our candidates and try to make a good decision, because it may only be one start if we manipulate the rotation a little bit. I think we can limit the need for one start until hopefully Homer is back. That's still up in the air when that will exactly happen, so we'll see."
Cincinnati could opt to move up some or all of the rest of the rotation to pitch on regular rest. The club also has off-days ahead on July 28 and Aug. 1, which provides Price and Jenkins some maneuverability.
Price noted that the team is considering pitchers on the 40-man roster in Triple-A Louisville and reliever Keyvius Sampson, who threw four scoreless innings for Cincinnati on Saturday after Lamb's early exit in a loss against the Brewers.
Also under consideration is right-hander Tim Adleman, who is nearly ready to come off the disabled list. Adleman, who has been out since May 20 with a left oblique strain, threw 63 pitches over four scoreless innings in a Saturday rehab start for Louisville.
"I prefer not to do that if we don't have to, [but] it would be an option since he's healthy," said Price, preferring that Adleman build a higher pitch count before returning.
Adleman, who threw 25 pitches in a side bullpen session on Monday afternoon, was pleased with his start.
"It was nice to get back out there and pitch and worry about executing pitches as opposed to, 'How is this feeling? Is it going to pop again?' It was great," Adleman said.
Adleman said he has not been given any word on what the club has planned for his next outing. He felt like his pitches could be a little sharper but felt that could happen with repetition. The 28-year-old right-handed rookie, who is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in his four big league starts this season, didn't expect to be out for so long.
"If you try to rush back sometimes they can come back to bite you. It's definitely been longer than I thought but I was glad I was able to get the time to get it right," Adleman said. "Now I feel like it's just about ready."
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. 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.