The Reds will move right-hander Homer Bailey to the 60-day disabled list tomorrow, which means that his season is officially over.
Bailey hasn’t pitched since August 7 due to a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’s currently mulling over whether to have surgery.
“Not yet, but probably we’ll make a decision this week,” Jocketty said. “We did determine that he shouldn’t pitch the rest of the year.”
Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds in February and got off to poor start this season, but he was much better after May and ended up with a 3.71 ERA and 124/45 K/BB ratio over 145 2/3 innings. He’ll hope for better health and consistency in year two of the deal.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.