Reds pitcher Leake put on disabled list

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mike Leake, one of the league's standout rookie pitchers, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder fatigue.

Leake's move is retroactive to Wednesday but the 22-year-old could return for the post-season, the Reds said on Friday.

"It's better for him, and he still may be eligible for the playoffs," manager Dusty Baker told the team's website ( "He's not throwing the ball where he wants to throw it, even though he has good velocity.

"We had to do something with him anyway. This way we'll get him on a strengthening program. He can focus on that and not on pitching. Now is the time to do it."

Leake has gone 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 24 appearances this season, including 22 starts. He has thrown 138 1/3 innings since making his debut in the majors without pitching in the minors.

(Editing by John O'Brien)