Homer Bailey threw a successful rehab start last night for the first-place Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Blue Wahoos are the Reds AA affiliate. He threw 64 pitches over 5 innings, an inning longer than he was planning on working. Bailey gave up 3 hits and 1 walk and no runs. He struck out 5 batters.
Bailey felt good about the start, according to the Pensacola News Journal (Bill Vilona):
“I think all signs (Friday) pointed in really good directions. The ball was coming out of my hand really well. That is one thing throughout this the whole process I really haven’t lost… is the command.
“It is kind of rare thing and to add that with way ball was coming out, I felt good.”
More from Homer: “Put your pants on, let’s go.”
If the plan is for Bailey to throw two more rehab starts, the next could be for second-place A-Dayton the middle of next week. If that schedule holds, he would return to pitch for the Reds possibly the weekend of June 23-25 in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. The Reds also play a make-up game in St. Louis on Monday, June 26.
Bailey made six starts for the Reds in 2016 and two starts in 2015. His last full season was 2013. He is recovering from bone spur surgery on Feb. 8.
[Photo credit: Pensacola Blue Wahoos]