Bailey allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work against the Tigers on Saturday. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Bailey has been hit around a bit in his last two appearances. Manager Pete Mackanin told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia that he wants to see more velocity and better command from Bailey. Salisbury speculates that the Phillies might send Bailey, who has a May 1 opt out in his contract, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of the season so he can continue to build arm strength and refine his command. It would be a surprising move after Mackanin called Bailey the front runner for closing duties last week. David Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa are the other candidates to close for the Phillies.