Homer Bailey SP CIN 2 months ago

Bailey (elbow) threw from about 60 feet in the outfield Friday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey will undergo Tommy John surgery.

This seemed like the inevitable conclusion once Bailey was placed on the 60-day disabled list. The Reds explored other possibilities for a few days, but the right-hander apparently needs surgery to repair a torn UCL. Given the timing, Bailey figures to miss a good chunk of the 2016 season, and possibly even the entire year. Bailey's contract runs through 2019, and he'll turn 29 on Sunday.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

The Reds are getting closer to arriving at a decision on Bailey's next step with his elbow.

This process has all the feel of a team waiting out every possibility before deciding to go with Tommy John surgery, but we'll wait to hear their official announcement. "We're probably going to know in the next one-to-two days what our plans are with Homer," manager Bryan Price said. "You spend a lot of time when you make a diagnosis, fact-finding and making sure everything you see is as it appears. That's been the time consumer, making sure it is what we think it is and finding the best way to treat it."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey was transferred to the 60-Day DL on Wednesday.

Bailey suffered an elbow ligament sprain recently, and his placement on the 60-day DL comes as no surprise. The club hasn't ruled out the possibility of Tommy John surgery, but the decision on that has yet to be made. If surgery is required, it would end his 2015 campaign and cut into 2016 as well. It would likely be a long wait for his return either way, but if rest is the prognosis, a return this season may be possible.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

The Reds haven't yet decided whether Bailey will need Tommy John elbow surgery, but it's among their options. "That's one option," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "There's other ways to do things. You can get stronger, [and] all the PRP [platelet-rich plasma injections]. There are other options beyond surgery."

It seems clear however that Bailey is going to be out for a significant period of time, whether he has surgery or chooses the PRP injections route. Michael Lorenzen will take Bailey's place in the rotation and possibly his spot on the 40-man roster Wednesday, depending on whether they move Bailey to the 60-day DL.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow ligament sprain.

He was previously scheduled to start Thursday against the Braves, but the Reds will have to look elsewhere for an option to take the ball that day. Bailey has shown diminished velocity this season, and given that he's returning surgery to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm, Bailey's setback is particularly problematic.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey and Mike Leake will switch spots in the order of the Reds rotation as a result of Saturday's rainout.

Bailey will now pitch Thursday against the Braves instead of Wednesday against the Brewers. "So he has a couple of extra days, just because he's still in that rehab process of building his endurance, bouncing back and coming off that surgery," manager Bryan Price said. "It will get a lot easier as we get closer to the late spring and early summer than it is right now. That just makes sense."

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey allowed two runs -- both on solo homers -- over 5.2 innings Thursday against the Brewers. He struck out three, walked one and gave up seven hits.

It's just one out short of a quality start, but this was not much of a quality outing for Bailey, who was fortunate that both of the homers he gave up were with the bases empty. Still, he kept the Reds right in this game until reliever Kevin Gregg let Milwaukee go ahead in the seventh. Bailey will get another crack at these Brewers next week in a rematch back home in Cincy.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey struggled in his first start of the season Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.2 innings without striking out a batter.

He was touching 95 mph with his fastball in his first couple of innings but faded quickly, and while it wasn't the performance the Reds were hoping for, at least Bailey seems healthy after missing the beginning of the season with a forearm issue. He'll look for a better result in his next start, on the road against a struggling Brewers offense.

Homer Bailey SP CIN 7 months ago

Bailey (forearm) has been activated from the disabled list for his scheduled start Saturday against St. Louis.

In a corresponding move Pedro Villarreal was optioned to Louisville to make room on the roster. Bailey is not expected to be on a tight pitch count after throwing more than 90 pitches in a rehab outing.