Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Months

Mike Leake (abdomen) will resume throwing on Monday.

Leake was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start due to an abdominal issue, but it appears the Reds were just being extra cautious. "We just didn't want this start to set me back," the right-hander said. Leake is in no danger of not being ready by Opening Day.

Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Months

Mike Leake is dealing with "a little bit of a strain" to his abdomen, according to Reds manager Bryan Price.

"He did something we didn't know about, about a month before Spring Training, just doing his workout," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's a little bit of a strain." Price went on to say the injury hasn't affected his ability to throw bullpens or lift weights. Price said they'll skip his Sunday start in hopes that the issue goes away in five to seven days.

Mike Leake SP CIN 2 Months

Mike Leake was scratched from his scheduled Sunday start due to an abdominal issue.

The issue hasn't been mentioned prior to the news, so it's unclear how serious the ailment might be. The Reds are likely just being cautious with Leake, who posted a 3.37 ERA in 31 starts last year.

Mike Leake SP CIN 3 Months

Reds avoided arbitration with RHP Mike Leake by agreeing to a one-year, $5.925 million contract.

Leake was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The right-hander bounced back with a nice showing in 2013, putting up a 3.37 ERA over 31 starts. The Reds will again count on him as a key piece of their rotation in 2014.

Mike Leake SP CIN 7 Months

Mike Leake allowed four runs on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday.

With the Reds in the hunt for a division crown Reds manager Dusty Baker wasted little time getting Leake out of there, yanking Leake after just 54 pitches. A three-run homer by Daniel Murphy capped the scoring in the Mets' four-run second inning, and Leake was pulled one batter later. It was likely the last start of the regular season for Leake, who finishes with a 14-7 record and 3.37 ERA over 31 starts in what was largely a strong and somewhat surprising showing for the 25-year-old.

Mike Leake SP CIN 7 Months

Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings in a win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Tuesday's start was the second in a row in which Leake has held his opponent scoreless, moving to 14-6 with a 3.21 ERA for the year. He was especially dominant against the hapless Astros, giving up just one extra-base hit, a double by Jose Altuve, among his five hits allowed. He's got another favorable matchup for fantasy owners on Monday, drawing the Mets at home.

Mike Leake SP CIN 7 Months

Mike Leake struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and combined with four relievers on a shutout Wednesday as the Reds beat the Cubs 6-0.

Leake has bounced back from a poor four-start run with back-to-back fine outings against the Dodgers and now the Cubs. He gets Houston next, which makes him a pretty good spot start in any mixed leagues in which he was dropped.

Mike Leake SP CIN 8 Months

Mike Leake allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings in a win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Leake gave up just five hits and didn't walk a batter, with the only damage of the night coming on a two-run home run by Hanley Ramirez. The righty struck out five in the outing. He's now 12-6 with a 3.46 ERA through 28 starts. Leake will start next against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Mike Leake SP CIN 8 Months

Mike Leake was charged with six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Rockies.

He gave up two walks and had four strikeouts. Leake continues to struggle after posting a 6.44 ERA in August and has now allowed at least four runs in five of his last six outings. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Dodgers.

Mike Leake SP CIN 8 Months

Mike Leake was charged with five runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Cardinals.

That probably overstates his struggles. Leake did give up a hit, a walk and a three-run homer in the third, but those were the only runs he allowed until the seventh, when two of his baserunners scored off relievers. Leake has given up 21 earned runs over 29 1/3 innings in his last five starts, so mixed leaguers may want to go in a different direction with him scheduled to pitch in Coors Field next time out.