Reinhard to Return to Starting
Greg Reinhard will start again
Greg Reinhard will start again

Posted Jun 6, 2007

DAYTONA BEACH – Greg Reinhard hadn’t done much relieving in his career until after he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jae-Kuk Ryu to Tampa Bay this past February. Now after two months in the bullpen, the right-hander is headed back to the starting rotation.

Reinhard made 20 appearances in relief for Double-A Tennessee. In 29 2/3 innings, the 23-year-old was 1-1 with a 4.25 ERA. He struck out 26, walked 16, and posted a 1.69 ERA over his last 12 appearances with Tennessee.

Late Tuesday, Reinhard arrived in Daytona where he expects to return to starting with the Cubs’ Class High-A affiliate.

“I’m glad to be back in a starting role,” said Reinhard, who made 26 starts a year ago for Class A Southwest Michigan of the Midwest League.

Reinhard features a fastball, curveball, changeup and cutter in his repertoire. He was the Devil Rays’ sixth-round draft pick in 2005 and went a combined 8-13 with a 4.28 ERA in two seasons with Tampa Bay’s farm system.

“I don’t think I’m going to change anything with my approach,” Reinhard said. “The only difference is just building up my pitch count.”

Reinhard will join a rotation that currently consists of right-handers Mitch Atkins and Scott Taylor, and left-handers Scott Koerber and Chris Shaver.

On Tuesday, the Cubs announced that million-dollar man Jeff Samardzija would be moved to the bullpen indefinitely.

Samardzija was 0-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 11 starts with Daytona and was initially scheduled to start Wednesday. Instead, Daytona plans to start right-hander Joel Santo, the team announced.

Santo began the year in the Daytona rotation, but moved to the bullpen following a rocky start to the season. The Cubs acquired the 23-year-old from San Diego last July when Scott Williamson was dealt to the Padres.

“Whatever get me to Chicago,” Santo said of which role suits him best.

Santo is 4-3 with a 6.07 ERA in 12 appearances, including seven starts.

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