Reds activate Homer Bailey from disabled list to make season debut

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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.