Earlier this week it was revealed that Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey would not pitch in his next scheduled start but instead pitch on Saturday due to stiffness in his pitching arm. Unfortunately, multiple sources now say that the 28-year old Texas-native will now be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor mass injury in his right arm.
Before the injury, Bailey was scheduled to being today's game against the Boston Red Sox. After news spread that his start would be pushed to Saturday, it seemed that all he needed was a bit of rest. Now, instead of pitching Saturday against the Colorado Rockies, Bailey will be shutdown for the time being.
Flexor mass injuries can heal very quickly or they could lead to long-term issues. Both Jonathan Broxton and Mat Latos have dealt with this injury and have found themselves back on the mound fairly quickly. However, the injury can also be a precursor to Tommy John surgery which happened to the likes of Dylan Bundy and Tyler Skaggs.
Both the club and fans hope that Bailey, who signed a six-year, $105 million contract prior to the start of the season, can bounce back in no time at all. He's started 23 games this year going 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA. He's pitched in just over 145 total innings and has only pitched more than seven innings in six starts.
Bailey is just one of a handful of Reds who are still hurt including Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. News has spread that Phillips could be back in a rehab assignment as early as this coming Friday. If the club ends up looking for another starter they will have to look into the bringing up an arm from the farm system.
Cincinnati heads to Colorado tomorrow to begin a four-game series with the Rockies before heading to St. Louis for three games.
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