Bailey (elbow) pitched his fifth rehab start Wednesday, throwing 83 pitches in 5.1 innings, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Bailey allowed five runs in the outing and only struck out one. With the team announcing their rotation for the next five days and Bailey not a part of it, it's likely he'll make one more rehab start.
The Reds are taking their time before activating Bailey (elbow) from the DL, and won't commit to starting him when there's another opening to replace the demoted John Lamb on July 26, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. If Bailey doesn't start on the 26th, he may be used initially in the bullpen, as the Reds don't need a fifth starter again until August 6.
Bailey (elbow) will make two more rehab starts on July 15 and 20 before the Reds consider activating him from the disabled list, ESPN reports. Manager Bryan Price wouldn't commit to activating Bailey after those two starts, but the Reds will begin a road trip in San Francisco on July 25 so the timing makes sense. The right-hander threw 51 pitches in his last rehab appearance Thursday and should be able to ramp up his workload into the 70-80 pitch range prior to activation.
Bailey gave up two earned runs over 3.2 innings of work in Triple-A Louisville's 6-3 victory over Columbus on Thursday. Bailey completed his third rehab game Thursday throwing 51 pitches -- 36 for strikes -- following a two-inning appearance on Saturday. He continues to report no pain or difficulty throwing and appears right on track in his rehab assignment. He'll likely make two or three more starts with increased workloads before a potential call up in late July.
Bailey (elbow) pitched one inning Monday in his first rehab outing at Triple-A Louisville, allowing two runs on two solo homers, throwing 25 pitches. Bailey's outing wasn't great. "He had zero physical issues," said manager Bryan Price. "He just didn't feel like he had the big arm. That's something that you build into. He's been doing rehab for so long to try to get back to that game situation. He just didn't feel like he had his best stuff, but he had zero physical issues." Bailey will likely get the full rehab period before returning to the big league roster.
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