CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list before Wednesday’s game. And if that isn’t a surefire sign that Tommy John surgery is on its way then nothing is.
It would not be surprising if Bailey underwent the procedure to replace his right elbow ligament as early as next week, although neither the club nor Bailey is acknowledging much.
To his credit, though, the long, tall Texan is taking the 60-day DL and the possibility of season-ending surgery with a positive approach.
“After all that work, now I’ll have to start all over again,” said the 28-year-old righthander from LaGrange, Tex.
BAILEY STARTED HIS first game this season April 17 in St. Louis and said, “I didn’t feel a thing. Nothing snapped, nothing felt amiss. But there was soreness and I thought it was the usual stiffness after you pitch.”
But the soreness was still there five days later in Milwaukee when he was due to pitch again. “It was stiff, but not sore,” he said. “I knew I could go out there and throw 91 or 92 with no problem. No big deal. And he did pitch but the soreness never subsided. “The strange thing is that I can do everything with my arm but pitch,” said Bailey.
“I’m not going to cry about it or moan about it or feel sorry for myself,” he said. “What good would that do? That won’t help anything. Hey, there are people out there dying every day. There are people a lot worse off than I am. I’ll get through this just fine.”
JOEY VOTTO, who broke a 0 for 15 slide with a home run Tuesday, was given Wednesday off and Kristopher Negron made his debut at first base. Negron has not played first base in a major league game but worked out at the position extensively during spring training.
“He has worked hard on it, a lot during spring training in practice,” said manager Bryan Price. “I don’t want to move Todd Frazier off third base and I don’t want to use Brayan Pena there when he is not catching.
“This only adds to his value if Kris can go over there and play and all of us are confident that he will do a fine job,” he said. “He has had enough work to understand when and where he needs to be on plays.”
NEGRON HAS PLAYED the outfield, third base, second base and shortstop and Price smiled and said Jokingly ‘Yeah, and he is going to catch tomorrow.” He could do that.
“Kris has proven he is valuable wherever you put him on the field defensively,” added Price. “It isn’t going to take much time for him to get acclimated at the position.”
Of Votto’s lineup absence, Price said, “He missed 100 games last year and today it was down to either him or Zack Cozart (for a day off),” said Price. “Today is Joey’s day and we’ll fit Zack in for one soon.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY: After 21 straight games (one was rained out) to open the season against the National League Central, the Reds finally play outside the division when they open a four-game series Thursday in Atlanta.
Usually the schedule is stuff with National League Central opponents in September at the end of the season and Price said of this schedule: “It was like September in April.”