Homer Bailey dealing with biceps tendinitis
Bailey left Sunday's debacle of a start after just one inning, and now we know it wasn't just ineffectiveness that led to the early hook. The good news is that his elbow feels fine, though the Reds may opt to skip his next start just to err on the side of caution.
Bailey shelled for six runs in loss to LAD
Cincinnati's bullpen was even more of a disaster, yielding a combined 12 runs on three walks and 12 hits. Bailey issued just one walk, but he didn't record a single strikeout and the Dodgers tagged him for nine hits, including a three-run blast by Adrian Gonzalez in the top of the first inning. Bailey now has a 5.73 ERA in five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. That number was 3.66 entering play Monday. A road start against the Diamondbacks is next.
Bailey yields one earned run in five frames
He was not credited with the win as the Reds did not take the lead until after he left the game. It was his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. It took him 96 pitches to get through five frames. He has a 3.66 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. The Reds have to be happy with Bailey's recovery to this point. They will likely keep his workload light over the remaining six weeks of the season to ensure he enters next year fully healthy. He could be a bit of a sleeper in drafts next Spring.
Homer Bailey Ks 11 in win over Brewers
Bailey struck out the side in his final inning of work and finished one shy of his career-high. He induced swinging strikes in 16 out of his 102 pitches. He allowed just three hits in all (all of them singles) and walked just one batter. Bailey has had two really good outings and one shaky one since returning from Tommy John surgery, but obviously Fridays performance is encouraging. Hell try to keep it going next week against the Marlins at home.
Bailey chased after three innings by Pirates
After a promising turn in his first start back, Bailey showed that his return Tommy John surgery won't be all sunshine and roses. The good news for Bailey and the Reds is that he wasn't hit terribly hard -- seven of the eight hits against him were singles, and the other was a double -- and he walked just one while striking out four. The 30-year-old will look for better times Friday against the Brewers.
Matt Joyce will bat cleanup and face Homer Bailey
The last time Homer Bailey played a significant number of innings was in 2014. Bailey finished the year with numbers some DFS players would consider an abberation, giving up a 1.14 HR/9 to RHBs on only 24% fly balls. A general rule is that pitchers tend to finish with a HR/FB ratio around 10%, but Bailey ended the year with a HR/FB of 20%. Considering Bailey's hard contact % to right-handed bats in 2014 was 34%, it leaves us to wonder if regression towards a lower HR/9 allowed to RHBs is in store for his career moving forward. This seems likely considering his HR/FB allowed to RHBs was 9% in 2013, 13% in 2012, and 8% in 2013. It may be wise to stick to left-handed sticks today for the Pirates, beginning with Matt Joyce (159 wRC+ versus RHB).
Homer Bailey beats Padres in return to action
Bailey punched out six while walking three on the afternoon. The Padres scratched out a run in the first inning then didn't score again until the sixth where Wil Myers swiped home while Bailey wasn't paying attention. If he's on the waiver wire in mixed leagues, he's worth the add for Saturday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Reds transfer Homer Bailey to 60-day DL
Bailey was recently pulled off a minor league rehab assignment due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. He remains out indefinitely.
Homer Bailey (elbow) remains far from ready
Bailey had actually been on a minor league rehab assignment as of the end of April, but he suffered a setback in his last start and the Reds subsequently shut him down for several days. He has resumed a throwing program, but his new rehab assignment probably won't come until June. The 30-year-old right-hander is on the mend from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. A mid-to-late June return to the majors is possible, but not a guarantee.
Homer Bailey (elbow) resumes throwing
Bailey was shut down for a little less than a week after not recovering well from his most recent rehab starts. He's only playing catch now and it will probably be a little while before he's game-ready again.