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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Homer Bailey To Undergo Forearm Surgery

D’OH!

Reds starter Homer Bailey will undergo surgery tomorrow on his right forearm to repair a flexor mass tendon tear, the club announced on Twitter. He is expected to be ready in time for the spring, according to a report from C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer...

Needless to say, this is not how the 28-year-old — and, even less so, his team — hoped to see this season end. Bailey inked a six-year, $105MM extension before the 2014 campaign, a significant investment for a mid-market club that has already locked up several core players and had to choose carefully in making commitments to its best arms…

this particular injury and procedure do not appear to be as momentous as a UCL replacement… Of course, forearm issues can be precursors to more serious injuries to the elbow and shoulder, so Cincinnati will surely handle its high-priced starter with care.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: homer bailey, injuries, reds

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   1. TDF, FCL Posted: September 04, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4785694)
Bailey's numbers don't look that impressive for the year, but:

1. He had a disastrous start - 3 games, 8.16 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, 1.153 OPS against.
2. After that, he pitched well - 3.22 ERA (and no UER), 1.14 WHIP, .642 OPS against. At least some of that is his BABIP dropped from .429 to .274 (his career mark is .300).
3. Even with his bad start, he accumulated 1.7 bWAR (1.4 fWAR) in just 23 starts (he hasn't pitched since 8/7).

He made just $9M this year and will make $10M next; after that is when the real money starts (escalating from $18M in '16 to $23M in '19) (much like Votto, who isn't a $20M player until '16; does the Reds brass know something about revenues?).

If he can come back, and pitch the way he did over his last 20 starts, he'll be a positive on the team for years.
   2. Dolf Lucky Posted: September 05, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4785933)
(much like Votto, who isn't a $20M player until '16; does the Reds brass know something about revenues?)


IIRC, the current TV deal with FSOhio expires after the 2015 season. Also, I think I've read that the Reds have had among the best local ratings in the league and are anticipating a signficantly more lucrative TV contract next time 'round.

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