No decision has been made yet on whether Homer Bailey needs elbow surgery, but in the meantime the Reds announced that he’s been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
That means, surgery or not, Bailey is out until at least July, and it’s rare to see a team immediately shut down a player for 60 days rather than the standard 15 days unless the injury is likely to be season-ending. In other words: Cincinnati would at least wait a little bit to make that move if there was any chance of Bailey avoiding a lengthy layoff.
Bailey missed the end of last season with a flexor tendon injury that required surgery in September and was just now healthy enough to make a pair of starts for the Reds after beginning the year on the disabled list. Now he’s back on the shelf for at least two months and possibly much longer, and the 29-year-old’s career is at a crossroads in the second season of a $105 million contract extension.
Michael Lorenzen, a 23-year-old top-100 prospect and 2013 first-round draft pick, will replace Bailey in the Reds’ rotation and make his MLB debut today against the Brewers.