Bailey placed on DL with elbow sprain

Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey’s recovery and rehabilitation from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow had been a smooth process. That was until news broke Monday that Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right elbow ligament sprain.

Reliever Carlos Contreras was called from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s spot on the roster. The Reds will have to name a starting pitcher to take Bailey’s turn on Thursday vs. the Braves at Turner Field.

Bailey, 28, was 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in his two starts after his activation from the disabled list on April 18. Prior to that, he had no setbacks as he resumed a throwing program and pitched in Minor League games.

The Reds have not named a starter to take Bailey’s spot for Thursday’s game at Atlanta. Raisel Iglesias’ turn in the Louisville rotation is currently listed as TBA on Thursday, so it’s seems like a good bet. But Iglesias also pitched 4 2/3 innings in a Sunday doubleheader.

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Looks like Cingrani won’t be a BP stopper after all; at least not
for a bit.

I actually think Lorenzen or Iglesias will take the spot.

Contreras called up to replace him.

That’s not a starting pitcher. Cingrani is the obvious choice. Now, will the Reds look elsewhere? Hope this is not the start of a long spiral down.

Devin and Homer, not good.

Cingrani is not the obvious choice. He’s probably the 3rd choice. Dude has nothing, and I mean NOTHING but his fastball. His other pitches are mediocre at best. Sorry, but that does not equal a guy you want in your rotation. It’s either Iglesias or Lorenzen for the long term. Smith or somebody else may have to take the start this turn around unless the Reds feel Iglesias is ok to do it on 4 days rest. Iglesias earned it with his first start of the season in my opinion. He not only looked good. he looked unhittable for a little while. Nasty mix of pitches and arm angles. I think he’s the guy.

Man – what can you say about Baden-pop? Sad.

The gift that keeps on giving.

Bade flop needs to go bring back sam

Blahhh this really hurts. We need Homer to start proving this contract not get hurt again. Man I wish we could have just signed Cueto when we signed Homer. So what if he had an extra year over Homer. He was the better pitcher and the leader of that starting pitching.

Is there any news on Mesoraco or is everyone still afraid to bring the subject up? (sissies)

Best bet for Mesoraco is to get him through this season and convert him to
another position in the off season. I don’t think this injury will ever heal itself
and catching only exacerbates it. There is recent talk about pitcher injuries when
they bat; they are now looking at converting the NL to DH. If and when that
occurs there will be open positions for guys like Mesoraco.

Gotta let Badenhop go. Cut your losses and move on. Would open spot on 40 man roster. LeCure not the answer. Lost game last night, gave up 2 runs, didn’t get anybody out. He’s lost it for now. Keep Contreras and bring up Lorenzon.

Right now Devin is a high-priced pinch-hitter hasn’t even tried squating in the catching position. Sounds like Homer is headed for Tommy Johns.

They need to decide what they are going to do. Either send him back down to figure out LF or try and trade him to a DH team. I dont think waiting on this does anything. From what I have read if he really does have this then his catching days are probably over. Its amazing the luck the Reds seem to have with these contracts. I mean he just signed and his catching career is over.

Give Marlon Byrd more than 15-20 games to prove himself guys. He’s definitely been coming around a little at the plate lately. But he’s saved us numerous runs in the outfield with a lot of high skill plays. We gave Ryan Ludwick like 3 years…… I think we should be giving Byrd more than 15-20 games.

Please Please Please call up Lorenzen and cut Gregg! Now!

Would rather have Gregg instead of Badenhop.

I say lets no decide and just cut both. Bring up Lorenzen and Iglesias.

Bingo BigBlu!

@Bigblu. BINGO !

Some work would have to be done if the Reds called up Lorenzen; he’s not on the
40-man. As for Iglesias, he pitched on Sunday and I don’t think they would pitch him on only 3 days rest.

BAR: Homer Bailey’s injury brings questions
Reds Blog
C. Trent Rosecrans, crosecrans@enquirer.com 10:42 a.m. EDT April 28, 2015
There were few specifics available — or that anyone was willing to share — about Homer Bailey on Monday.

Reds manager Bryan Price was dour, Bailey wasn’t happy. I only exchanged brief pleasantries with Bailey, but it’s safe to say he wasn’t in a great mood, and who can blame him.

When it comes down to it, what pitchers do isn’t natural or good for the human body. We should be more shocked when pitchers don’t get hurt.

It would be reckless to suggest what exactly the diagnosis is for Bailey, but he did have an MRI on Monday, and Price noted that the Reds don’t expect him back anytime soon.

Price said the Reds haven’t decided what they’re going to do for Thursday’s start, noting there were considerations that would require freeing up a roster spot and one that wouldn’t.

While Raisel Iglesias pitched in Bailey’s spot earlier this year, he started Sunday for Louisville, which means Thursday would be short rest, something that seems unlikely.

There are five other starters on the 40-man roster right now — Amir Garrett (in High-A and scheduled to start tonight), David Holmberg (at Triple-A, but started on Monday), Josh Smith (in Double-A, who would be on regular rest tonight, but Pensacola’s starter is listed as TBA), Keyvius Sampson (who started the season in extended spring and has yet to pitch this season) and Matt Magill (in Triple-A, but – like Iglesias – started in Sunday’s doubleheader).

That would seem to mean the Reds would either have to go with Garrett (unlikely), Smith (possible) or make a roster move to get another pitcher – likely Michael Lorenzen, the call-up.

Lorenzen, who is not on the 40-man roster, is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts at Louisville. He’s coming off his worst start of the season, allowing five runs on 11 hits over six innings on Friday.

To get Lorenzen up, the Reds would need to make room on the 40-man roster, something they could do simply by placing Bailey on the 60-day disabled list. But they would have to be sure Bailey wouldn’t be ready for two months. Or they could keep Carlos Contreras, called up Monday, in the bullpen and make room by designating a reliever.

This all, of course, is the short-term question. The longer term question is about Bailey, and that’s not going to have a quick answer, either.

This is what Price said Monday, and it’s not encouraging: “How we’re going to go about dealing with it is something that will evolve over the next few days,” Price said. “At this point, it looks like there are options. I think we have to continue to get our group together and see what the best option is for Homer and our ballclub to make sure his long-term health isn’t compromised.”

“He certainly won’t be pitching here in the near future.”

Greg has shown reversal to form…
Last four G:
4/18 1 IP, 0 R, 0 HR
4/21 1 IP, 0 R, 0 HR
4/24 1.1 IP, 1 R, 0 HR
4/26 1 IP, 0 R, 0 HR
WHIP…1.71, reduced to 1.38
BAA….333, reduced to .273
I think the Reds are going to give this
guy some extra time.

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