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Red’s Bailey may need surgery…again

A Cincinnati Red’s rotation that is in dire need for a pic-up just got a set-back. According to Joe Kay, an AP sports writer, Homer Bailey may need surgery to fix his ailing pitching elbow.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.59.27 PMBailey will miss a significant amount of time recovering from his latest elbow problem. He was in the clubhouse on Tuesday before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers and declined to be interviewed. Even though he refused to be interviewed, Red’s manager Brian Price was asked about the Bailey situation.

Price said that Bailey’s right elbow was a little sore after his last start. He was then sent for an MRI on Monday that detected an injury to a ligament. “A lot of times, you want to kick the tires and make sure,” Price said. “Not everything needs to be corrected with surgery. There are other ways to do things. So there are some options out there beyond surgery. That being said, that would be one of the options.”

Cincinnati is considering various options for treating an injured ligament in Bailey’s right elbow, including surgery. Manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday that no decision had been made. The Reds could wait and see if the elbow heals with treatment.

Last season Bailey went 9-5 in 23 starts with a 3.71 ERA before surgery in September on the right forearm by the michaelLorenzenelbow. He also threw no-hitters in 2012 and 2013. With his previous success he was highly rewarded with a 6 year contract worth $105 million. That season ending surgery also had him still recovering when spring training started, leaving him unable to fully work out. He opened the season on the disabled list, was activated and made two starts. He threw 92 pitches in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis and 79 pitches in a 4-2 defeat at Milwaukee.

Right-hander Michael Lorenzen will be called up to make his major league debut on Wednesday against Milwaukee. Mike Leake was originally scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, with Bailey’s spot coming up on Thursday. With Leake being pushed back a day.

Cincinnati’s pitching staff ranks 12th in the National League with a 3.97 ERA. The bullpen has been the biggest problem, ranking last in the league with a 5.54 ERA.

We also have another story on our website by another talented reporter giving her expert opinion on Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Red’s here.



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