The Reds tried to avoid using Jonathan Broxton in Chicago but were forced to rely on his strained right elbow during a 14-inning game on Thursday.
There is no structural damage. Rest is required. Broxton could be throwing again in three to four days.
"It came out better than we thought," Dusty Baker said. "He just needs rest. We are in a situation were we can't afford to be short. We wanted to avoid using Broxton in Chicago. We didn't want to say anything. I think we give too much information to the opposition. I have to eat the criticism. I didn't want to send him out there but we were assured by the medical staff beforehand that we couldn't make it worse by pitching him."
Villarreal made an emergency start against the Colorado Rockies on June 5 and was sent back to Triple-A Louisville the next day. Villarreal was the losing pitcher in the Reds' 12-4 loss. He last pitched on Monday against Durham, pitching six innings. Villarreal allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. He threw 103 pitches.
"We need bodies," Baker said.
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