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Dontrelle Willis scratched from Sunday start vs. Brewers

Sep 18, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have scratched left-hander Dontrelle Willis from his scheduled Sunday afternoon outing against the Brewers due to a recurrence of lower back spasms.

The announcement was made around 90 minutes before first pitch. Matt Maloney, who has a rough 6.88 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 17 innings this season, will take the mound for the Reds instead.

Willis should be ready to return to action at some point early next week. The 29-year-old left-hander has registered an 0-6 record, 5.04 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 51/35 K/BB ratio in 12 starts since joining up with third-place Cincinnati.

  1. contraryguy - Sep 18, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Maloney was on the 60-day DL for most of the season. They had to find out where he’s at in live action. Shame for Dontrelle, he’s had some nice outings this year.

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