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Homer Bailey placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

Mar 25, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT


The hits just keep on coming for the defending National League Central champions.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have placed Homer Bailey on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

It sounds scary, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters this afternoon that the 24-year-old right-hander is only expected to miss two starts.

“It’s something he could pitch with,” Jocketty said. “But discussing with Dr. (Tim) Kremchek, Dusty (Baker) and Bryan (Price), we decided to shut him down for about a week. Then he’ll start throwing again. We anticipate him missing his first two starts.

“It’s could have pitched with but it would have lingered through the year. He feels fine. He’s pitching fine. But in certain areas when he gets his arm back, he feels a little something.”

If you recall, Bailey was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation last May, but he eventually returned to the big club in August and posted a 3.55 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings down the stretch. He entered spring training out of options and was all but assured of making the Opening Day roster.

Johnny Cueto is already sidelined with shoulder inflammation, so the Reds are set to begin the year with Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Travis Wood, Mike Leake and Sam LeCure in their starting rotation. At this rate, Dusty Baker will destroy his entire starting rotation by the end of May.

  1. spudchukar - Mar 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Ooh, harsh D.J., I like it.

  2. cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    D.J: can you explain to me how Baker gets the heat for this? Can we get on La Russa for Carpenter and Wainwright? How about John Farrell and his list of injured pitchers? Girardi has a lot of pitching problems; is it his fault? I see a lot of stuff about how bad Baker is to pitcher’s arm health. You’d think a guy who can “destroy his entire starting rotation” would be out of a job rather than perennially in the post season. Is their any statistical proof that a Baker managed pitching staff is more injury prone than any other managed pitching staff? This is a serious question, by the way, and I’m not interested in “seems to be so”.

    • D.J. Short - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:19 PM

      All in good fun, man.

      • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM

        Sure. Fun. I’ve doing some looking into it myself, because I really do want to know. It seems there is some argument without a statistical significance. It’s ‘slightly’ significant. He does have pitchers throw a lot (130+) but what’s interesting is that Jim Leyland is even worse for it. I’d be interested in guys who went between the Leyland and Baker; are they in worse shape? I can’t tell yet, but it bears looking into. In the cases of Prior, Wood & Volquez it seems those fellas did a LOT of pitching before Dusty got his toothpick into them or had mechanical issues that would have arguably lead to surgery anyways. Then they threw a lot under Baker, no doubt about it. What I find interesting is that you can make the same claim against Bobby Cox. See Steve Avery, Horatio Ramirez, John Smoltz and Kevin Millwood. All arguably injured as a result of the same manger’s decisions on their pitching; only this one’s named Cox. The same sort of thing, the same sort of regular season success but one guy’s an arm killer and the other…what; named Cox? I’m not so au fait with the baseball stats as I’d like to be, so I’m interested in the opinion of someone who is. Does a Baker run staff have significantly more injuries than any other managed staff?

  3. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    who the hell are you??

    • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:39 PM

      what, are you new here? D.J. comes out at night. look, rapmusic, stay off the dope.
      buh bye

  4. paperlions - Mar 26, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Cueto, then Bailey, now Arroyo, Leake pitching horribly….is instant karma done with the Reds for the Gomes celebration of Wainwright’s injury or is there still some debt to be paid?

  5. metalhead65 - Mar 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    hey don’t forget about Aaron Harrang. the guy may not have been a superstar but was a solid starter and the best the reds had at the time. never had any injuries untill dusty decided to bring him in and let him pich 3 innings in relief 2 days after his last start then had him pitch his next scheduled start! went on dl shortly after and has never been the same since.

  6. raidergreg2000 - Mar 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Dusty is a total TOOL!

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