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Bailey Inching Toward Full Recovery
Thursday, March 24
On Thursday, Bailey threw his second live batting practice of spring training, per the Cincinnati Enquirer:
According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bailey simulated two innings on the day. It came just three days after his first live batting practice, where he faced four batters and threw five pitches, per Rosecrans.
"We still have a few steps to go, but the bright side is, everything felt as expected, which was normal,” Bailey told Rosecrans on Monday. “Other than that, I don’t have much to report.”
No news after his live batting practice on Thursday is good news for Bailey, who is expected to rejoin the Reds' rotation in May, according to Rosecrans.
When he's able to stay on the field, Bailey has proved that he can be a solid middle- to lower-rotation arm in Cincinnati's rotation with a 58-51 career record.
He even pitched the franchise's 16th no-hitter back in 2012 and added a second in 2013 against the San Francisco Giants:
The problem has been that he's had trouble keeping healthy. Before his Tommy John surgery in 2015, Bailey's 2014 season was cut short due to a forearm injury that also required surgery.
Cincinnati's rotation doesn't host many marquee arms, which could prove troublesome in 2016 and could call for Bailey's services toward the top of the staff.
Without the likes of Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, who departed at the trade deadline last season, the Reds are looking at a pitching staff headlined by Anthony DeSclafani, Alfredo Simon and Raisel Iglesias, three pitchers who put up a combined record of 25-32 last season.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com