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Wells relishing chance with Reds

Cincinnati (45-58) vs. Colorado (57-47), 1:10 p.m. ET

By Steve Gartner /

Sunday, August 2, 2009 12:15 AM ET

Kip Wells CINCINNATI -- Reds right-hander Kip Wells has done it all over his 10-year career. He's worked as a starter, setup man and closer. And as he joined the Reds on Friday, he'll now serve as a long reliever.

"I have a different perspective than similar guys in my position might have, having been through the various things I've been through in my career from a baseball standpoint," Wells said. "It's an opportunity that I'm thankful for, and I want to help in any way I can."

Wells was recalled after Friday's Trade Deadline, when the Reds traded reliever Josh Roenicke to Toronto along with Edwin Encarnacion for Scott Rolen. Wells signed a Minor League contract with the Reds on July 7 after he was released by the Nationals.

He collected a pair of saves while with Washington.

"He's always had the stuff," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I told him, 'We're not going to try to make you anything, we just want you to be yourself.'"

Wells was a first-round Draft pick of the White Sox in 1998 and burst into the Majors one year later as a starter. Soon after, he was traded to the Pirates, where he spent four-and-a-half seasons.

Since then, he has bounced around to a number of teams, including the Cardinals and Rockies.

"He realizes it's a big opportunity for him," Baker said. "It's hard jumping around from team to team. I tell guys once you change teams, you get half that chance of what you had where you came from."

Wells will become the Reds' primary long reliever, taking over the spot that Carlos Fisher previously occupied. Fisher likely will be used later in games. Wells said he's comfortable working in the middle innings.

"Starting is similar to long relief except that you're more scheduled in your role," Wells said. "There's less of a microscope in your preparation and more coming in and keeping it simple with throwing strikes."

Wells played against the Reds often throughout his career and is aware of the hitter's park that Great American Ball Park is known to be.

"They're a scrappy group, they always have found a way to win a fair amount of ball games," Wells said of the Reds. You've got to stay ahead and work down, the ball will travel a little bit more than it will in other places."

Pitching matchup
CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-10, 5.17 ERA)
Arroyo exited Monday's game against the Padres with his fate out of his hands. He took the loss when reliever Nick Masset allowed an inherited runner to score from third. Arroyo now has lost his past two starts after he had won his previous two outings. Arroyo gave up just three runs over 6 1/3 innings vs. San Diego, but he was knocked around for nine hits. He is 1-2 against in his career against the Reds, with a 4.39 ERA.

COL: RHP Jason Marquis (12-7, 3.47 ERA)
Marquis owns a 6-3 mark with a 4.81 ERA in 14 career games (13 starts) against the Reds. He is 4-2 with a 4.42 ERA at Great American Ball Park.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said Willy Taveras will likely start Sunday. ... Taveras has missed the past three games with a sore wrist. ... Johnny Gomes has homered in five of his past 12 games. ... The Reds are now 13 games under .500 for the first time all season.

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Up next
• Monday: Reds (Aaron Harang, 5-12, 4.50) vs. Cubs (Randy Wells, 7-4, 2.84), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Reds (Johnny Cueto, 8-8, 4.06) vs. Cubs (Tom Gorzelanny, 3-1, 5.19), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Reds (Justin Lehr, 0-0, 5.40) vs. Cubs (Rich Harden, 7-6, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Steve Gartner is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.