Re: Homer to start Thursday vs. Giants
MILWAUKEE -- The Reds announced Sunday that top pitching prospect Homer Bailey would be called up to start on Thursday against the Giants in San Francisco.
Bailey last pitched for the Reds on July 7 before he was sent back to Triple-A Louisville. He spent July 19-Aug. 23 on the disabled list with a strained right groin.
After he was activated, Bailey made two starts for Class A Sarasota and went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA before the Minor League season ended. The 21-year-old has been throwing in simulated games at the Reds' spring complex since then.
In the latest simulated game on Saturday, Bailey threw 90 pitches. It put him on track to start on Thursday in San Francisco on regular four days' rest. The right-hander is expected to join the Reds in San Francisco on Wednesday.
"I leaned on our development people. In this case, [Sarasota pitching coach] Tom Brown said he felt enough progress had been made and [Bailey was] well enough to pitch," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said. "We're going to see how he does Thursday."
Bailey was 6-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 starts this season for Louisville. After he made his big league debut on June 8, he had mix results, going 2-2 with a 6.99 ERA in six starts. He had some trouble with command -- evidenced by his 21 walks allowed compared to 15 strikeouts over 28 1/3 innings.
Kirk Saarloos pitched four innings in a spot start and took the lost in Saturday's 5-3 Reds defeat to Milwaukee. Saarloos, who was not guaranteed another outing, was informed that he wouldn't make Thursday's start by interim manager Pete Mackanin.
Mackanin, who took over as manager on July 3, saw Bailey make just one start before the right-hander was sent down.
"I saw potential," Mackanin said. "It's all about command. A pitcher's best friend is control and command of the fastball."
There appeared to be no pre-determined limit on Bailey's pitch count or innings for the start.
"He's been on a regular program. Pete will make the call," Krivsky said. "It's Pete's decision. As with all of our pitchers, we try to use common sense."
Pretty interesting article on why Bailey was brought up, so I decided to show it on this thread.