I was at the Bats game Monday night to watch Homer Bailey’s first rehab start since being shut down in his first comeback attempt. He was slated to throw 35-40 pitches and 2 innings, but was pulled after a first inning in which he threw 25 pitches and allowed two solo home runs and a single. Bailey didn’t speak with the media today, but I asked Bats manager Delino DeShields about his performance and this is what he had to say:
“I thought he looked a little tentative tonight. I don’t think he felt the greatest. The ball wasn’t really coming out like we’re used to seeing.”
He was removed early as a precaution after the stressful inning and DeShields was clear that there was no discomfort felt by Bailey (“He’s going to be with us for a few starts”). His velocity, at least, was there, ranging from 76 – 94 and mixing in all of his pitches.
I also asked about Jesse Winker’s progress with his wrist injury and was told he would be taking swings tomorrow at which point we might know more. Remember, when he was DL’d Winker couldn’t hold a bat, so taking swings is progress.
Amir Garrett was the real story tonight, however. He threw seven innings in “relief” of Bailey, striking out five and walking two while allowing four hits and no runs. I can report that his performance was very impressive. He threw his fastball, slider, and change with velocities ranging from 78-94 and a good delivery all around.
He met with the media after the game. Garrett said that making it to Louisville was one of his goals for the year, but he doesn’t want to be a prospect. He wants to be in the big leagues. He did say he started to lose it a little in his last inning (he was saved by a couple of fine plays by Seth Mejias-Brean).
Also, you all may be glad to know that he reports that his dog will be updating his IG account very soon.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.