Mike Leake has thrown more than 200 innings this year for the first time in his career and could be feeling the effects. Following a rough start Sunday, Sept. 14, Leake complained of having a ‘dead arm.’
Fatigue and "dead arm" are common amongst young pitchers who are still building their season-long stamina. Leake hasn't seen some massive increase in innings that would necessarily be some giant red flag though. He's thrown 10 more innings this year than he did last season and from the year before that, he saw just a 13-inning increase. Obviously the Reds don't want to have to skip a start of his, but may have to at this point, just to stay on the safe side.
Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile