CLEVELAND: Anthony Reyes is running out of time to pitch this season.
Part of the Indians' plan for Reyes, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was to eventually add him to the roster and let him pitch a few innings in September, even if it was only in the bullpen (Tribe officials still consider him a starter). But mechanical problems with his delivery have slowed his progress, and lately he has been limited to working with staffers to correct the defects that have ruined his command.
Reyes was on a rehab assignment when the difficulties arose. Rehab assignments for pitchers expire after 30 days, after which they must either be activated or remain on the disabled list without pitching at a minor-league affiliate.
In addition, most minor league seasons end around Labor Day, so Reyes would not have anywhere to pitch after the end of next weekend.
""We'll either have him throw bullpens here or send him to Goodyear,'' said manager Manny Acta this afternoon. '""Or he might just go home. But there is nothing wrong with his arm. ''
The thinking on ending Reyes' season is that he has done just about all he can do until next spring, and maybe the best thing for him would be to get away from his program for awhile.