From the DDN:
Homer Bailey, last summer’s No. 1 draft choice by the Reds, will be off the Dragons’ roster for a few days but is expected to be on the mound for his first start Friday when Fort Wayne visits.
Until then, Bailey will be on the roster of the rookie Billings, Mont., team, but he’ll remain in Dayton while Alexander Farfan takes his place on the roster from extended Spring Training. Farfan pitched with the Dragons in each of the last two seasons.
Bailey, a right-hander, had a knee operation last summer and it was a little sore when the Dragons opened their season in South Bend, Ind., last week. Bailey’s first start was delayed until Sunday, but his knee was still a little sore.
“Any other player and he may have played,” Dragons manager Alonzo Powell said. “But he’s a special (No. 1) case.”
Powell felt he needed another pitcher — Farfan — not only because Bailey was being held back, but because Bohorquez had a sore groin and Gonzalez had to come out of last Thursday’s game after being hit on the shin with a line drive.
None of the injuries are serious enough to land any of the pitchers on the disabled list.
Bailey, in fact, threw two 15-pitch simulated innings after Tuesday’s game, with catcher John Purdom (on the disabled list) and Powell alternating batting.
Bailey would have thrown prior to the game, but it was raining and pitchers couldn’t throw while all batting practice was held indoors.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.