Game ppd, Bailey on Thursday
As you likely know by now, the Reds series opener vs. the Astros on Monday was postponed because of rain. It was re-scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.
It has a created a chance to alter the rotation and get Homer Bailey back from the disabled list. Bailey started the season on the DL because of a right shoulder impingement.
“What did they say, rain is a good thing? Is there a song about that?” Bailey said. “I’m definitely glad I can be back in at this level of competition. More than anything, I feel prepared. I went down and felt I threw well in all my rehab starts. Everything progressed pretty well. I’m kind of ready to step back in and get this thing started.”
Bailey pitched 6 1/3 innings for Louisville on Saturday while throwing 91 pitches. He allowed one run, five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In three starts for Louisville, he was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA, four walks and 11 strikeouts.
The Reds had planned to give Bailey one more rehab start at Class A Dayton, only because the team was originally scheduled off. His return means that Sam LeCure is moving to the bullpen. LeCure was supposed to start Tuesday. Mike Leake will move back a day and pitch. Travis Wood is still on for Wednesday.
“Had we had a game here without revamping the whole rotation then [Bailey] probably would have been throwing that day,” manager Dusty Baker said. “But, as it is, it worked out. He didn’t really feel, necessarily want another rehab assignment. It just would have been better for our rotation.”
*Baker did change his mind about Edgar Renteria at 3B had the game been played tonight.
“I changed my mind because he’s not really comfortable there yet,” Baker said.
*Johnny Cueto [rt. biceps/triceps irritation) appears to be getting one more rehab assignment start at Class A Dayton on Friday. He will have a side bullpen session with Bryan Price so he can see his progress. Cueto threw 99 pitches over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday at Louisville and gave up two runs (one earned) with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
“He had good velocity,” Baker said. “His pitch count got high early, and he was kind of spinning off away from the target, which Bryan feels is easily repaired.”
*After Tuesday, the Reds will play five day games in a row…two here and three at Chicago.
Rainout history at GABP:
This is only the fourth PPD in the nine seasons since the yard opened.
*The game on 6/15/03 vs Phi was postponed after a 1-hour, 25-minute delay in the top of the second inning.
*The game on 5/15/08 vs Fla was postponed before the gates opened.
*The game on 4/10/09 vs Pit was postponed after a 20-minute delay at the start of the game.
*The game on 5/2/11 vs Hou was postponed before the gates opened.
*Three other games were shortened by rain but completed (4-3 win vs Atl in 4.2 innings on 4/22/04, a 2-2 tie vs Hou in 7 innings on 6/30/05, 4-2 win vs Cubs in 5 innings on 9/22/06).