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Reds unsure when Bailey can start to throw

Reds unsure when Bailey can start to throw

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CINCINNATI -- For a guy that loathes inactivity, especially not pitching, injured Reds starter Homer Bailey was uncharacteristically serene in the clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon.

Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation, has not resumed throwing since he was shut down by soreness late last week.

There remains no timetable for when Bailey might be able to resume a throwing program, let alone when he might be able to pitch again.

"I've coped with it," Bailey said. "You can mope and be angry about it or just be patient and do everything right. I'm trying to have the best attitude I can and get everything done right."

Until the inflammation in his arm is gone and he feels 100 percent, the timetable will remain off the table.

"We have to let it calm down before we get aggressive," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.

Bailey, 24, originally resisted going on the DL in the first place and wanted to get back as quickly as he could. He made one rehab assignment start for Triple-A Louisville on June 8 and worked 4 1/3 innings.

Soreness persisted after a side session and he was shut down and Bailey now realizes hurrying back was not in his long-term best interest. Instead of throwing, he's been focused on arm-strengthening exercises and improving his core muscle strength that could help reduce the stress on his right arm from pitching.

"Today, the range of motion was really good. Everything feels pretty good," Bailey said. "I feel good. But it's just a process. We don't need to rush anything. We still have 100 games left. There's a long ways to go."

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