Saturday’s starter is TBA
Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who was pushed back from Wednesday’s start because of right elbow stiffness, is now not making his re-scheduled start for Saturday.
The Reds game notes list the Saturday starter as “TBA.”
I know there was a report on Wednesday night about Bailey from the Enquirer saying he had a flexor mass injury. That hasn’t been revealed as of yet by the club. I will hope to have more when the clubhouse opens.
UPDATE: Bryan Price confirmed Bailey’s flexor mass strain and that he is headed to the DL. A replacement starter will be named on Friday. The Reds opted not to make a roster move today to get another bench player or reliever here.
As for who could replace Bailey…
LHP David Holmberg, who is on the 40-man roster, just pitched on Wednesday for Triple-A Louisville — so he is out of the question.
RHP Brett Marshall last pitched on Tuesday and was beat up for five runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He is also having a rough season at 0-7 with a 7.29 ERA.
RHP Dylan Axelrod, who was picked up from the White Sox organization last month, last pitched on Monday for Louisville and Saturday would be his turn on normal rest. He’s also a bit of a hot hand as he is 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts since joining the Bats. He worked a two-hit shutout to defeat Rochester on Aug. 5 and worked 7 2/3 innings with four runs allowed for a win on Monday vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
At Double-A Pensacola, top prospect Robert Stephenson last pitched on Saturday and another prospect, Michael Lorenzen, pitched on Sunday. Neither are on the 40-man. I’d be a little surprised if the Reds went with either of these guys.