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Homer Bailey exits start with right knee injury

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The improved play of the Cincinnati Reds the last few weeks has been thanks in large part to the results from their starting rotation. The emergence of Homey Bailey in the first season after he signed a fat extension has contributed significantly.

Unfortunately Bailey was forced to exit his start early on Wednesday with a knee injury. The moment that Bailey hurt himself was jarring for fans to see, as he stopped mid-windup and then had to exit the game. Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports that the injury is to his patellar tendon:

Right-hander Homer Bailey came out of his start against the Cubs on Thursday afternoon in the sixth inning with pain in the patellar tendon of his right knee after starting his windup and stopping mid-delivery.

With Starlin Castro at the plate to lead off the frame, Bailey began his delivery, but just as he was about to release the ball, stopped in mid-motion. After a trainer and Reds manager Bryan Price came out to the mound, Bailey exited the game.

Bailey went 3-1 in June with a 3.35 ERA. His strikeouts were up, his walks were down, and he was a big reason that the Reds’ rotation was starting to look formidable enough to hang in the National League Central with the likes of the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and even the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Overall on the season Bailey is 8-5 with a 4.15 ERA and a 8.1 K/9 mark. He has 112 innings under his belt in 18 starts. He is coming off back to back seasons with double-digit wins and a sub-4.00 ERA. The Reds will hope this is nothing serious as they try to assert themselves as a playoff contender.

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