BALTIMORE (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will undergo elbow surgery Friday to repair a torn flexor tendon.
Bailey was placed on the 60-day disabled list this week, ending his season. He has been on the DL since Aug. 16.
Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA over 23 starts.
“We have tried to take a conservative approach, but it’s not healing so we have decided to repair that tendon,” head athletic trainer Paul Lessard said.
Asked about the recovery time, Lessard said, “He should be ready to go by spring training.”
The procedure will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kremcheck, the team’s medical trainer and head orthopedic surgeon.
“This may be the best way to go in the sense that now there is a timetable,” manager Bryan Price said.
“The other option is that we could have continued to do a strengthening routine and a recovery routine over the offseason,” Price said. “If for some reason that didn’t satisfy the issue with his elbow, then that would have necessitated having a surgery to begin the season and that would basically have eliminated him from our club for all of 2015.”
Bailey last pitched on Aug. 7 against Cleveland, allowing four hits over seven innings of a 4-0 victory. His forearm was sore near the elbow after that game, and it bothered him the next time he tried to throw.
He went on the 15-day disabled list, but the Reds had hoped to have him back this season.
This is Bailey’s first season under a six-year, $105 million contract that he agreed to in February.
Bailey threw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh in 2012 and no-hit the Giants at Great American Ball Park last season. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in San Francisco on June 29 before Buster Posey singled with two outs to break it up. He finished with a three-hitter.
Orioles 6, Reds 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds had just put forth another listless effort in a lopsided defeat, and manager Bryan Price had apparently seen enough.
Moments after Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez handcuffed the Reds on four hits in a 6-0 blowout Wednesday night, Price indicated it was time for Cincinnati to formally begin looking toward next year.
“I’m not questioning effort,” he said. “I do think that we’ve gotten to this point now where we’ve got some guys up here that we need to take a look at. We need to see what they’re all about. We’re not doing anything at all offensively, and it makes it a lot easier to start to see what we have in our system, see what we have moving forward.”
The Reds have lost 15 of 21 and are 15-29 since the All-Star break. The only thing keeping them out of last place in the NL Central is the awful Chicago Cubs.
Price has run out of words to describe the way Cincinnati has been playing lately. He isn’t faulting the pitching as much as an offense that is severely lacking punch.
“It’s uninspiring to watch,” he said. “It has nothing to do with effort, but at some point and time, performance has to be the most important thing, and we’re at a point now where we’re just not getting performance. I’ve got to look at giving some opportunities to see what we have here.”
Making his third start of the season, Dylan Axelrod (1-1) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings. Three of those hits were home runs.
“He made a couple mistakes and they got hit out of the ballpark,” Price lamented. “I thought he competed well. Unfortunately, we didn’t do anything offensively at all to give him any support. That’s been an underlying theme to our second half.”
Gonzalez (8-7) had a season-high eight strikeouts, walked one and allowed only one hit through the first seven innings — a line drive single to Ryan Ludwick in the fifth.
The Reds added two singles in the eighth before leaving the bases loaded, and Jay Bruce singled with two outs in the ninth. Gonzalez then retired Ludwick on a grounder to complete the shutout.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” the right-hander said.
David Lough and Jonathan Schoop hit solo shots before Chris Davis connected with a man on in the fourth to make it 4-0. That was more than enough offense for Gonzalez, who has given up four runs over his last 28 1-3 innings.
In his previous 64 major league starts, Gonzalez pitched eight innings on four occasions. This time, he used 117 pitches to go the distance.
The victory was the eighth in 10 games for the AL East-leading Orioles during a homestand that concludes Thursday night, when Baltimore will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the sinking Reds.
Axelrod retired the first eight batters he faced before Schoop hit his 14th homer, the second in two nights.
Lough led off the fourth with his first home run since June 7, Nelson Cruz doubled and Davis hit an opposite-field drive to left. Davis has 25 home runs and 71 RBIs this season, decent numbers except when compared his totals last year: 53 homers and 138 RBIs.
Schoop added a two-run double in the seventh off Carlos Contreras, who walked the first two batters he faced.