Monday, July 09, 2007

Reds Demote Homer Bailey to Keep Him Fresh

The Reds have told young pitching phenom Homer Bailey that he is being demoted to the Triple A Louisville Bats to enable him to stay fresh by pitching a minor league game on Thursday, as the All-Star break will delay his major league turn until July 15.

The Thursday start will help keep Bailey fresh.

Though his ERA has balooned to more than 6.00, Bailey had a decent game in his last outing, giving up just one run on two hits over five innings. Bailey's early hook was seen as an attempt to build his confidence by limiting his exposure before batters might have begun to figure him out.