Homer Bailey, who’s coming back from September surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, arrived at Reds camp this morning and admitted that he’s behind his usual throwing schedule this time of year.
Here’s what Bailey told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:
I haven’t gotten off the mound. Usually, l like to get off the mound a few times before I come. But I can catch back up real quick. It’s more getting used to the throwing everyday stuff.
Bailey has yet to suffer any setbacks in his recovery, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a ton until he actually tries to throw off a mound.
He started 23 games with a 3.71 ERA before being shut down in the first season of a $105 million contract extension.
Kevin Youkilis is reuniting with Theo Epstein … in the Cubs front office.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Youkilis, who spent last season playing in Japan and officially announced his retirement in October, is joining the Cubs as a special assistant.
Youkilis was Boston’s eighth-round draft pick in 2001 and debuted for the Epstein-run Red Sox in 2004, emerging as one of the top hitters in the American League from 2006-2011. He was traded to the White Sox in mid-2012 and spent 2013 with the Yankees before going to Japan.
Kenley Jansen being out 2-3 months following foot surgery led to speculation that the Dodgers may be interested in Francisco Rodriguez, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today reporting that the free agent right-hander “is seeking a $10 million contract.”
Last week reports had Rodriguez holding out for a two-year deal, but presumably if the price if high enough–and $10 million would certainly be high enough–he’d consider a one-year pact.
Of course, for now at least there’s no indication that the Dodgers are actually pursuing Rodriguez and if any team is willing to go forward without their closer by not acquiring another “proven closer” it’s the one with Andrew Friedman in charge.