To no one’s surprise here, Homer Bailey will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to be your Reds starter on Saturday vs. the Indians, the club announced Thursday evening.
This obviously doesn’t have the same cache as it did in 2007 when Bailey was the next-big-thing that everyone clamored for. This will be the 23-year-old’s sixth big league call-up.
Why does this call-up have the potential to be different?
1. Bailey is on a seriously good run — 4-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his last five starts, with three of them lasting at least eight innings. He’s allowed one run over his last 38 2/3 innings with seven walks and 38 strikeouts.
2. With Edinson Volquez likely to be beyond the All-Star break, Bailey has about a month to prove himself. That should give him enough of an opportunity to get comfortable and show he belongs.
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For those who were curious, this is the first time this season that Joey Votto has batted fourth. He did it 18 times in 2008.
“Brandon [Phillips] is good against left-handers and Joey is just coming back,” Dusty Baker said. “I had it the other way around but changed it.”
Edwin Encarnacion is 3-for-14 (.214) through his first four rehab games at Louisville but has two homers and five RBIs. Encarnacion was 2-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday while playing third base.
“I heard he did pretty good. He hit a home run to right field, which is a pretty good sign,” Baker said. “We need him to be a ribbie man. The .214 part doesn’t bother me because he hasn’t been hitting. He’s turning his concentration up with runners in scoring position.”
Baker didn’t expect Encarnacion to return when the Reds open the next home stand on Tuesday.
“I don’t think so. His stroke is different than Joey’s. Plus Joey had a number of at-bats, and stuff. You don’t want him to get here and struggle.”
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