MLB notes: Reds' Homer Bailey hits DL

Cincinnati Reds' starter Homer Bailey pitches to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning...

Cincinnati Reds' starter Homer Bailey pitches to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 3 in their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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Days after the Cincinnati Reds announced Homer Bailey would miss his upcoming start due to a right elbow injury, the team placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

The move was made retroactive to Aug. 8, meaning Bailey could be activated as soon as Friday. According to the Reds, an MRI exam revealed that Bailey has a strained flexor mass in his pitching elbow.

The Reds purchased the contract of right-hander Dylan Axelrod from triple-A Louisville, and he was scheduled to start Saturday night in Denver against the Colorado Rockies.

Bailey’s injury is believed to have occurred during an at-bat in an Aug. 7 start against the Cleveland Indians. Bailey threw seven shutout innings during a 4-0 victory.

After a couple of rocky stretches this season, Bailey was hitting his stride heading into the season’s stretch run. In two August starts, he is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14 innings. Overall, he is 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts.

To clear a spot for Axelrod on the 40-man roster, the Reds transferred first baseman Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Votto, out since July 6 due to a left leg injury, is not expected to begin baseball activity until the end of August.

TANAKA THROWS

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

It was the ace’s first bullpen session in a month since going on the disabled list with a partial tear in his right elbow.

Tanaka pitched from the mound before Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka looked “fine,” but it is “more important how he feels tomorrow.”

Tanaka has been on the disabled list since July 9. The club hopes he can avoid season-ending surgery and return in September.

The Japanese star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA over 18 starts in his first season as a major leaguer.

ALVAREZ ACTIVE

The Miami Marlins activated right-hander Henderson Alvarez from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Alvarez, 24, missed two starts with shoulder inflammation.

In 22 starts this season, Alvarez is 8-5 with a 2.48 ERA, fifth in the National League. He also leads the majors with three shutouts.

LAKE FALLS

The Chicago Cubs optioned outfielder Junior Lake to triple-A Iowa Saturday and recalled right-handed pitcher Dan Straily.

Lake, 24, is batting just .216 with 102 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 305 plate appearances. He batted .284 in 64 games last year but has struggled this season.

Straily, 25, was acquired on July 4 as part of the trade that sent right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland A’s. He went 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts with Iowa. In parts of three major league seasons, he is 13-11 with a 4.11 ERA over 41 starts.

Straily is scheduled to start Saturday night against the New York Mets.

MINOSO HOSPITALIZED

Former Chicago White Sox great Minnie Minoso was hospitalized in Chicago after falling off his boat.

White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert told WMAQ-TV that Minoso, 88, was pulled from the water Friday and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests.

Team representatives spoke with Minoso on Saturday and said that he is doing fine.

Minoso will reportedly remain at the hospital for further testing but will likely be released Sunday.

Minoso, a nine-time all-star and Gold Glove-winning outfielder, made his major league debut in 1951 and played his final game in 1980.

 


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