Homer Bailey to have Tommy John surgery

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The Reds were going to shut Homer Bailey down for two months. Think bigger, Cincinnati:

Bad news for Bailey and the Reds, who are in the in the second season of a six-year, $105 million contract together.

Bailey made two poor appearances this season before going on the DL. Last year he was shut down early with arm problems. 2012 and 2013 are the only two seasons in his nine years in the majors in which he made as many as 30 starts, pitched as many as 200 innings and had an ERA that was better than league average.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”