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Rainout puts Bailey back in rotation early

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Monday's rainout came at convenient time for the Reds. They and the Houston Astros both were scheduled to be off on Thursday. So the game was rescheduled for then.

Thursday was the day right-hander Homer Bailey was scheduled to throw his final rehab start up the road at Single-A Dayton. Bailey will start against Astros instead.

"What do they say? Rain's a good thing," Bailey said. "Isn't there a song about that?"

Bailey, on the disabled list since the season because of a shoulder impingement, pitched very well in his rehab assignment.

In his three starts, he was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA. He allowed 11 hits, four walks and struck out 14 in 16 2/3 innings. His fastball was clocked at 97.

"I'm definitely glad I can be back at this level competition," Bailey said. "More than anything I feel prepared. I went down and thought I threw well in all my rehab starts.

"Everything progressed pretty well. I'm kind of ready to step back and get this thing started."

It worked out well for the Reds because they didn't want to completely redo the rotation.

"Had we had a game that day, without revamping the rotation, he would have thrown that day," Baker said. "He didn't really feel he needed or necessarily wanted another rehab assignment.

"It's just that it would have been better for rotation."

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