Simulated game next for progressing Bailey

Simulated game next for progressing Bailey

CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey threw a bullpen session on Sunday, and if he recovers properly, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price expects him to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Bailey has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 24 because of right shoulder inflammation, but Price said there have been no setbacks in the recovery process.

"That's a big thing because when you have periodic setbacks, typically it's representative of something a little bit more significant being a problem," Price said. "He progressed as we expected, actually a little better than we expected, so we're hoping this is the next step in the progress to getting back into games."

If all goes well this week, Price said Bailey will probably make at least three or four rehab appearances before rejoining the Reds.

As for Aaron Harang, Price said they are taking things slowly with him. Harang hasn't started since May 30 because of lower back spasms -- an issue Price said must be dealt with patiently.

"There's just no reason, especially with a back problem, to try to create a sense of urgency for him to get back on the field simply because with the back you just can't pitch," Price said. "The back is debilitating, let's put it that way."

Although several players have stepped up in Harang's absence, Price said it's important to get Harang back because he brings a veteran presence and the ability to eat innings.