The Cincinnati Reds have charted the course for pitcher Homer Bailey to return to the team from the disabled list, but whether the road ends with the struggling 32-year old back in the rotation or demoted to the bullpen remains to be seen.
“Homer has got his plan together and I haven’t looked at what Steve Baumann, our trainer, has for him,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He has a plan in place for him for when he’s going to throw and how much and how soon he would throw in a game situation.”
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Bailey, who went on the 10-day DL Saturday with knee inflammation, is expected to throw off flat ground Thursday.
“I know he’s anxious. I know that,” Riggleman said, adding that Bailey will continue to throw longer outings through whatever rehab assignment he makes.
“He’s going to keep throwing an extended amount that would prepare him to continue to start initially,” Riggleman said. “If he was to go out on a rehab start, when that would be I don’t know, but he would do it as a starter.”
Bailey is 1-7 with 6.68 ERA. He was 1-4 in May with a 9.78 ERA.