The Reds decided to make a rotation swap by having Luis Castillo start Thursday’s series opener vs. the Rockies in Denver, instead of his scheduled start on Friday, and Wade Miley getting an extra day of rest and being slated for the second game of the four-game set.
Castillo and Miley have been on opposite tracks of late. Miley pitched a no-hitter Friday in his previous start in a 3-0 win at Cleveland. Cincinnati is winless in each of Castillo’s last five starts, but the right-hander gets to stay with his regular four days of rest.
“I think it accomplishes a couple of different things,” Reds manager David Bell said on Wednesday. “Wade, there’s somewhat not only physical effort that went into his no-hitter the other day, but just the emotional, the mental grind of  pitches, complete game and then everything surrounding it. He’s been pitching for a long time, he’s dealt with things like this before, but I think just giving him the extra time was really just kind of trying to be proactive and thinking ahead so we can keep him healthy for the whole year.
“Then Luis, just keeping him on four days’ rest, I think was really important. He’s trying to get back into the flow. I think a longer break would’ve been tough for him. I think he wants to get back out there as soon as he can, so I think it did…