CLEVELAND: Manager Manny Acta wanted to make one thing clear about Anthony Reyes' shocking rehab start in Akron Wednesday night.
Reyes retired only three batters but gave up seven runs on one hit, six walks and three wild pitches. It's natural for people to speculate that Reyes must have suffered a relapse in his recovery from right elbow reconstruction surgery, which is why he is on a rehab assignment.
But Acta said there is nothing wrong with Reyes. ""The last thing to come back (after serious surgery) is a pitcher's command,'' the manager said. ""So the only thing to worry about is that you don't want him to take a step back (healthwise).''
Acta said that was not the case and that Reyes' arm is sound. ""He'll just go out there next time,'' the manager said.
The Indians aren't counting on Reyes to earn a berth in the 2011 rotation, but they certainly would welcome him if he won a spot. They felt that he could return to the big leagues ion September and get a head start on next spring training. Whether he can meet that timetable, given his control problems, is uncertain.
Aaron Laffey (left shoulder fatigue) will throw a full bullpen on Friday, which means he will throw all of his pitches.
""After that, we'll sit down with him and map out his rehab assignment,'' Acta said.