Right-hander Mike Leake will likely start Friday against Atlanta in Edinson Volquez's spot, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday.

Leake has not pitched well for Louisville since being optioned there. He's allowed eight runs in 7 1/3 innings of over two outings.

"(Johnny) Cueto didn't pitch well either," Baker said."Sometimes when you go from the big leagues to the minor leagues, you've got guys set up and they don't even know it. I don't know many guys who go from the big leagues to the minor leagues – Homer (Bailey) pitched well – but most of them I know didn't."

The other choice would have been right-hander Chad Reineke, who is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA at Louisville.