In our most recent podcast, Bill and I discussed the possibility of moving Homer Bailey to the bullpen temporarily when (if?) he returns in the near future. We are both long-time Homer fans, and there is no question that Homer needs to be a starting pitcher for the long-term, but putting him in the pen for a couple of months this year could (a) clear up the logjam in the rotation and (b) shore up the bullpen.
Check out John Fay’s report here:
Homer Bailey will throw a simulated game tomorrow. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seven days from a minor league rehab assignment.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everything is feeling really good,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Now, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to build my pitch count all the way back up.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bailey is still a ways away obviously. Given how late it is in the season, their position in the standing and the depth of starting pitching, would the Reds consider Bailey for a relief role?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know,Ã¢â‚¬Â Dusty Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right now, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re conditioning him as a starter.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bailey has never relieved Ã¢â‚¬â€œ except under the piggy-back system used in the minors one year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s willing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whatever they want me to do,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to learn to make adjustments. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do whatever they want me to.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I like Homer’s response, certainly. What are your thoughts?