The Cincinnati Reds and starting pitcher Homer Bailey have decided to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow as the team has reported.
The 29-year old, along with the Reds, decided it would be best to rest and rehab instead of pitching though the injury and further tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
"It's absolutely crushing to Homer personally, to our ballclub," manager Bryan Price said. "We were really looking forward to a healthy Homer Bailey this year and that type of influence on our club."
Bailey could have continued having platelet-rich plasma injections to avoid missing time, but it would not be a cure, just a delay.
"We determined the best option with the most predictable outcome is to surgically repair the ligament," general manager Walt Jocketty said.
The right-hander is in his second year of a $105-million contract for six-years. The injury will force him out until sometime around the All-Star break next season.
For the time being, Michael Lorenzen will fill his spot in the rotation. The right-handed pitcher made his Major League debut against and lost to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bailey opened the season on the disabled list, but he still made two starts. The first was a 5-2 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals, and the second was a 4-2 loss to the Brewers. After that second start, he felt the elbow soreness.
An MRI was done on Monday, which found the ligament tear.
"We'll endure and move on until he's ready to go again, but it's definitely a blow," Price said of Bailey. "I think we made the right decision. Still, it's a blow."
The seventh pick in the 2004 MLB Draft went 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA last season over 23 games and 145.2 innings. Bailey had a 1.229 WHIP with a 2.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
This season, he threw 11.1 innings over two games and has a 0-1 record with a 5.56 ERA. Bailey has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings this season with a 1.229 WHIP. He will not get a chance to better these numbers because he is out for the season.
In other Reds news, Minor League player Donald Lutz has reconstructive elbow surgery on Friday. He injured himself last week playing for Triple-A Louisville. Lutz hit .176 for Cincinnati last season over 28 games.