Reds don’t expect Homer Bailey back until mid-May

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Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said in an interview with Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio that starter Homer Bailey isn’t expect to rejoin the club’s rotation until mid-May. Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery this past May and only recently began a throwing program.

Bailey, 29, threw only 11 1/3 innings before hitting the shelf this season. He signed a six-year, $105 million contract extension in February 2014, but that was the season his injury woes flared up. He battled a neck injury and underwent flexor tendon surgery in September. The contract hasn’t been working out well for the Reds thus far.

Over the course of nine seasons in the majors, Bailey has a career 4.19 ERA with 832 strikeouts and 325 walks in 1,010 innings. He was the Reds’ first-round selection (seventh overall) in the 2004 draft.