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Homer Bailey will start the season on the DL following elbow surgery

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Homer Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds in February 2014. Then he missed a big part of the 2014 season with elbow fatigue. Then he missed almost all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery. His rehab took a long time too, as he suffered elbow pain while on the way back. He eventually returned at the end of July and pitched through August.

Now his 2017 season is going to get a late start. The Dayton Daily news reports that he had surgery today to remove bone spurs. He’ll begin throwing in about 4-6 weeks, which will likely push his timetable for game action into May.

So, yeah, that contract is off to a rough start. For three years.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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