GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey is on track to start in a Minor League game on Sunday after he threw 25 pitches Friday morning in a bullpen session. Bailey has been dealing with a strained right groin that caused him to miss one start.
"It went pretty good," Bailey said. "I feel confident for Sunday. If everything goes good Sunday, which it should, I should stay on track to make my first start of the season."
Bailey will have to show no ill effects from the mound session before he gets the green light to pitch on Sunday. He wasn't ready to say he was relieved that the injury scare was behind him.
"It will be more of a relief once it's over and we have a better idea of where it's at," said Bailey, who signed a six-year, $105 million contract last month. "Every day, it's improved a little bit. We've still got a couple of days before we get into game action. Those two days are going to be big."
Helping Bailey is that he's been able to play catch while he was out of action to keep his arm strong. He gradually increased long-toss distances as he felt better.
"Even today throwing, my arm feels great," Bailey said. "It's my leg. Everything arm-wise is a plus."
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