Reds right-hander Homer Bailey landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training while he completed his rehab from surgery to repair a tear of the flexor tendon in his elbow, but he has been activated to make his season debut this afternoon against the Cardinals.
Bailey, 28, had a 3.71 ERA and 124/45 K/BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings over 22 starts last season prior to having the surgery in September. That wasn’t quite what the Reds were hoping for after giving him a six-year, $105 million extension last February, but he’ll look for some redemption starting today.
The Reds optioned right-hander Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville to clear a spot for Bailey on the active roster.
After dropping back-to-back games to the Mets, the Marlins are now off to a disappointing 3-8 start this season. There’s still a long way to go, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com after last night’s loss that he’s not happy with what he’s seeing so far:
“We’re not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like,” Stanton said. “We’ve got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there. The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you’re out there, and it’s game time, it’s just nothing there — it seems like.”
Miami has dropped the first two of four to the red-hot Mets, winners of six straight. After each of Stanton’s first-inning homers, the Mets each night seized momentum in the mid to late innings.
“The game is nine innings,” Stanton said. “It’s not two, three. It doesn’t matter if it’s the fifth through the seventh, or the seventh through the ninth. It’s not two innings, it’s nine. We’re not playing nine.”
The Marlins managed to lock up Stanton to a massive long-term deal over the winter while making some high-profile additions like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse. The offseason activity made them a trendy pick for a Wild Card spot with many pundits, but Latos is off to a rough start and Henderson Alvarez is currently sidelined with shoulder inflammation, so their rotation looks shaky at the moment. Jose Fernandez is due to back at some point later this season, but it’s hard to know what to expect from someone coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Marlins this weekend, as they are slated to face Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey over the next two days.
As we heard this morning, Josh Hamilton’s teammates say that he’s recovered from his shoulder surgery and recent drug relapse and is ready to play baseball again. Of course, whether he’ll do as a member of the Angels is anybody’s guess. Here’s the latest on the situation from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
Angels owner Arte Moreno indicated last Friday that the team could use language in Hamilton’s contract to take away some of the money they still owe to him. He also wouldn’t say for certain whether the embattled outfielder would play for the team again. Stay tuned.
Victor Martinez got a few days off this week to rest his surgically-repaired left knee, but he’s back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the White Sox.
Martinez had a minor scare with his knee last Saturday. He was in the lineup one day later, but has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since, partially because the Tigers were playing the Pirates under National League rules this week. However, he was on the bench again last night against the White Sox while Yoenis Cespedes served as the designated hitter.
V-Mart is 6-for-23 (.261) with five walks over eight games this season. The Tigers will have to hope that the rest did him well.