Homer Bailey headed to DL with right elbow ligament sprain

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Troubling news here for the Reds, as right-hander Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening with what is being termed as an elbow ligament sprain.

Bailey underwent surgery last September to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his elbow. He was behind schedule at the start of spring training and began this season on the disabled list, but made his return on April 18 and posted a 5.56 ERA across his first two starts while showing diminished velocity. This sort of terminology from the Reds makes you wonder if Tommy John surgery could be next.

Bailey, who turns 29 in May, posted a 3.71 ERA over 23 starts last season. He’s in the second year of a six-year, $105 million contract.

With Bailey out, the Reds are likely to turn to either Raisel Iglesias or Michael Lorenzen in the starting rotation.