Reds Starter Homer Bailey Diagnosed With Shoulder Sprain

Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey has a sprained right shoulder that might cause him to miss a few weeks of action.

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Reds Place Homer Bailey On DL, Call Up Mike Leake

Earlier in the day, the Cincinnati Reds were contemplating putting Homer Bailey on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, and Jon Morosi confirms what Reds fans were afraid of:

Homer Bailey hits DL with sprained posterior capsule, right shoulder. Mike Leake called up.

Rotoworld says that the MRI was clean, so this isn't likely to require anything but rest and rehabilitation.

The Reds came into the season with a wealth of starting pitching options, but the problem has been that too many of them have pitched poorly, Leake included. Bailey was fantastic in his five starts in 2011, with a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings, striking out 22 and walking only five batters.

Leake had never pitched in the minor leagues before this season, but his slow start forced the Reds to option him. Though his ERA was bad, his peripheral numbers were just fine, so it's possible he was mostly unlucky. In triple-A, though, he was hammered in two appearances, allowing eight runs in 7-1/3 innings.

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Homer Bailey Has Shoulder Sprain, Might Land On DL

During a game on Thursday, Reds starter Homer Bailey injured his shoulder while batting in the top of the fourth, and had to be removed after throwing the bottom. The team initially described his problem as "shoulder spasms," which isn't too bad, but Bailey was sent to the team doctor for further examination. Upon further examination, it turns out the problem is something a little different:

Homer Bailey has a sprained shoulder, trainer Paul Lessard said. Front office will make call on DL.

If you look at Bailey's velocity from his Thursday start, it's evident that something was wrong. Courtesy of Brooks Baseball:

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You see his fastball hanging out between 90-92, and then in the fourth inning it drops to 86-88. That kind of velocity drop is a major red flag, so it's clear that Bailey's shoulder was bothering him and affecting his performance.

There's no word on the severity of the sprain, and it's possible that Bailey may avoid the disabled list. The front office is going to make that decision shortly.

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Homer Bailey Injury: Reds Starter Pulled With Shoulder Spasms

Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Reds played nearly 19 full innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. With their bullpen shot, the last thing the Reds needed Thursday was for starter Homer Bailey to have a short outing.

Whoops!

Bailey left game with spasm in right shoulder. Suffered during 4th inning AB.

Bailey batted in the top of the fourth, and actually pitched through the bottom half before being removed. His day ended with 70 pitches and four runs allowed in four frames.

The Reds aren't saying much, except that Bailey's going to visit with Dr. Tim Kremchek. Dusty Baker says he isn't sure how badly Bailey's hurt, so this could be something super minor, something super major, or something super in between. We'll surely know more before long.

Through five starts, Bailey owns a 3.00 ERA, with 22 strikeouts and five walks. A healthy Bailey is critical to the Reds' postseason hopes.

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