Homer Bailey will begin the season on Reds’ disabled list

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Making official what was expected, the Reds placed right-hander Homer Bailey on the disabled list to begin the season as he makes his way back from September flexor tendon surgery.

Bailey has avoided setbacks and the current hope is that he’ll be ready to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation in mid-April. He threw five innings in a minor-league Wednesday, but struggled somewhat.

Last season was the first year of his $105 million contract extension and Bailey started 23 games before being shut down, posting a 3.71 ERA and 124/45 K/BB ratio in 146 innings. He topped 200 innings in both 2012 and 2013.