Originally Posted by dougdirt
It means little considering that Bailey was 6 years younger when those two seasons happened, and regardless of what some people want to say had nothing to do with Bailey's performance (despite the fact that his obvious bad games all came directly after this happened before he went on the dl), he also pitched hurt for 3 of those games.
While I agree that a Hudson/Bailey comparison isn't quite right, Bailey's July 7th effort was likely his best start of the season.
BTW, Bailey's excuse for the two starts prior to July 7th wasn't injury. It was "flaw in delivery". If a guy is really hurting and knows that his injury is likely affecting his performance (as he should), does he actually spend time watching video to detect and correct a flaw in his delivery?
At this point, Krivsky was obviously not concerned with an alleged groin injury. Krivsky is on record noting that the optioning of Bailey to AAA wouldn't have happened if not for the All-Star break.
After being sent to the minors, Wayne Krivsky was quoted: "Go pitch and get people out. The better you pitch, the better chance you have to get back."
Bailey needed 90 pitches to traverse 3.1 Innings (6 Runs, 5 BB) in his Start prior to that comment. His last start prior to the DL stint resulted in a 5-Run (2 ER) 5.2 IP outing.
Now, keep in mind that Bailey is not someone who has a history of not reporting injuries. And the Reds are not a team that has a history of running Homer Bailey to the mound with even a minor injury. In fact, what Bailey considered to be a "minor" injury reportedly pushed back Bailey's 2005 debut. While the current Reds' Front Office has obviously been more aggressive with Bailey's advancement, it seems odd that the Reds MLB and AAA coaching staffs and executives couldn't identify what Krivsky described as a "moderate" groin strain well before he was finally put on the DL. It's sure possible that a minor strain was exacerbated in his two mid-season AAA starts, it's also possible that the injury was caused by either of those starts.
doug, do you have a quote or source that identifies the initial groin injury being prior to July 19th, 2007? If so, I'd very much appreciate that information.