Homer Bailey SP CIN 2 days ago

Bailey (forearm) will have two more starts in Arizona before continuing his rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

He may need more than one or two starts at either Double-A Pensacola or Triple-A Louisville before gettign activated from the DL. He's now up to three innings, so he still needs to build up his arm strength.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 4 days ago

Bailey (forearm) allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts over three innings, in a minor league game Friday. "[It felt] pretty good," Bailey told MLB.com. "We were able to get our three innings in under 45 pitches, bounce back between innings fairly well, things were on the right track."

Bailey struggled in the first, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, and the Reds decided to just end the frame after two outs with the right-hander already up to 20 pitches -- teams can control the rules in minor league exhibition games. Manager Bryan Price said he was happy with the adjustments Bailey made in the second inning, saying Bailey "looked terrific" over the rest of the outing. Up next for Bailey is another minor league start, scheduled for April 1. It appears he will open the year on the DL and miss at least a couple of starts.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 1 week ago

Bailey (forearm) threw two minor league innings Sunday, not allowing a run while striking out two against a walk and one hit.

Bailey is expected to keep throwing minor league starts so as to be eligible to come off the DL shorter than 15 days after the start of the season. "My elbow felt great," Bailey said. "We started with two innings. We'll just kind of go from there."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 2 weeks ago

Bailey (forearm) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Bailey has been dealing with a stomach virus as well as a flexor tendon issue, but he's scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Sunday. The Reds are not in a rush to bring him back, as he's already expected to begin the regular season on the DL.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 2 weeks ago

Bailey (forearm) missing a live batting practice session Tuesday due to a stomach virus.

Given that Bailey was slated to begin the year on the DL anyways, this is a very minor setback. "It's not a big deal yet," manager Bryan Price said. "The second live batting practice was a suggestion as far as his schedule went. I don't think he was interested in throwing a second live batting practice as much as he was throwing in a game. So we can still modify his schedule to allow him to stay on schedule to throw in a game environment on the 22nd. But we've got to see how he's feeling. There's no purpose in putting him on the mound if he's weak and tired and vulnerable to the injury. So we have to see when we feel he's strong enough to get out there on the mound."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 2 weeks ago

Bailey (forearm) faced batters in live batting practice Saturday for the first time this spring.

Though he's still expected to begin the year on the DL, Bailey continued to progress. "It went fine," Bailey said. "There is still work to be done. It's not like we're going to go out there and throw seven innings yet. There were good points and bad."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 3 weeks ago

Bailey (forearm) threw a 49-pitch bullpen session Sunday where he incorporated offspeed pitches and pitches from the stretch for the first time this spring.

Bailey was especially encouraged by his command with the slider. "Strangely enough, it was probably the best command with the slider I've ever had. I just used them all up," Bailey said. "A slider and split, to me, doesn't put as much stress on my forearm and elbow as a fastball does, sheer velocity wise."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 1 month ago

Bailey's (forearm) first mound throwing session Friday went well, as he first threw long-toss and then threw 20 pitches from a mound.

Bailey remains well behind his teammates. "That kind of tells where he is -- he's behind the others," manager Bryan Price said. "We'll just see how it goes. Probably a minimum of four bullpens, maybe five, before he gets to live batting practice, and then we'll reassess. We will not rush him back. I don't think we're expecting him to be ready for Opening Day, but we'll see how things go."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 1 month ago

Bailey (forearm) is back on a throwing protocol and may not be ready for Opening Day, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I don't know that it'll be Opening Day, but it won't be May either," said manager Bryan Price.

Bailey hasn't been cleared for work on the mound yet, and now it appears he will not be ready for the beginning of the regular season. However, it appears as his return will be slated for some point during the first month of the season, limiting the loss in value to potential fantasy owners.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 1 month ago

Bailey (flexor mass tendon) hasn't yet been cleared to throw from a mound, though he has been throwing on the side.Bailey had a normal rest day Saturday. "It takes a little longer for him to get loose, he's still breaking up scar tissue in his elbow and things of that nature," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "But he feels good. We haven't had a setback since the surgery date, and I think at this point in time, I haven't discounted having him open the season on our active roster."