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Homer Bailey placed on disabled list by Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds are trying to hang onto relevance by their fingernails as the dog days of August pass the world by. Unfortunately for them, they will now be without starting pitcher Homer Bailey for an extended period of time.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds placed Bailey on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a flexor mass strain.

Right-hander Homer Bailey will be placed on the disabled list with a flexor mass strain. Bailey was supposed to start here Saturday.

“It’s going to keep him out for a while,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “How long he’ll be out, we don’t know. But we think he’ll come back at some point this season.”

Bailey thinks he hurt himself swinging the bat in his last start on Aug. 8.

After a tough start to the season, Bailey has turned things around and reminded the Reds why they inked him to a six-year, $105 million extension this past off-season. Through 23 starts Bailey is 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA and a 7.7 K/9 mark. As for his status for the rest of this season, this does not sound like the kind of injury that one returns from quickly.

Many people might not know what a ‘flexor mass’ is or if they have one to strain in the first place, but it sounds painful.

The Reds’ record sits at 60-61 as they look ahead to the rest of a series with the lowly Colorado Rockies this weekend. How they play between now and September might go a long way towards deciding if Bailey pitches at all for the remainder of the season.

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