Homer Bailey Injury: Updates on Reds Pitcher's Arm and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 13, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

The Reds official Twitter account has a discouraging update on Homer Bailey's forearm: 

The Reds also issued a statement on Bailey's surgery and timeline for return to action (via Mark Sheldon of MLB.com):

Medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek will perform the operation Friday morning. A timetable isn’t specific but Bailey is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training 2015.

 C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer provides information about Bailey's recovery process:

The unfortunate thing is we tried the conservative approach with the flexor tendon and unfortunately it's not healing," Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard said on Thursday. "So the decision was to repair that tendon (surgically). Dr. (Timothy) Kremchek will be doing that tomorrow."


"I'm certainly disappointed, typically that's a last resort, but also in this case it does help answer some questions," Reds manager Bryan Price, the team's former pitching coach, said. "It seems to me to be the best option — it's unfortunate we won't have him this year, but it does seem to suggest that we'll have him for the bulk, if not all, of next season.


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com provided an update on Homer Bailey's injured arm:

Homer Bailey's season was officially ended on Monday when the Reds right-hander was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. To get Bailey beyond the flexor mass tendon strain in his right forearm, the option of having it repaired surgically is on the table.

"It's being discussed," manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. "With that particular injury, it's one of the options. It's not the only option. As we move forward, we'll consider it as something that would certainly rectify the problem."


Updates from Saturday, Aug. 16

The Cincinnati Reds provided an update on Homer Bailey's status:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Reds manager Bryan Price spoke about Homer Bailey's injury with Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:

What happened was it didn't get any better. At one point, he felt like he had taken a step backwards. ...

It certainly means there will be a week of no throwing and then we'll reassess. He'll start to play catch. How quickly he bounces back will directly correlate with how quickly we get him back.


Original Text

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is reportedly headed to the disabled list, putting a halt to the momentum he'd generated after the MLB All-Star break.

C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the news on Wednesday, citing sources with knowledge of the situation and indicating Bailey has stiffness in his elbow.

"Bailey has a flexor mass injury in his right arm, but it will not require surgery and he is expected to return this season," Rosecrans writes.

The report points out how Bailey has registered a 1.61 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break though it's translated to just a 1-0 record. In any event, Bailey emphasized after his seven shutout innings in his last start, a win over the Cleveland Indians, that he steps up more as the season progresses, per Fox Sports Ohio's Kevin Goheen:

I think getting such a bad start early put a damper on things. I've always been a second-half performer. I heard someone say your second half is a direct reflection of your offseason. I don't think anyone works as hard as I do in the offseason. I just try to, especially when it comes down to crunch time, to have the same mentality that everybody does who takes that ball on the mound. We want it. We want to win games.

As if losing two consecutive one-run games to the last-place Boston Red Sox wasn't painful enough, Cincinnati finds itself in an even more difficult position to rally for a playoff spot. It is encouraging that Bailey is slated to return later in the season, but it's getting a bit late in the game for the Reds to turn things around.

CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello recently observed how fans might be losing hope:

The back-to-back defeats marked four of five games lost after Bailey capped off a three-game winning streak. That fluctuating trend has been part of Cincinnati's struggles. Although the Reds are at .500, their inability to win close games and lack of star power without Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips since early July have made the playoffs a remote possibility.

Losing a hot, talented pitcher like Bailey even for a short time doesn't help the cause, either.