Bailey reticent about demotion to bullpen

June 2nd, 2018

SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Homer Bailey threw a bullpen session before the Reds opened a three-game series with the Padres on Friday. When he will take the mound again is a mystery.

Bailey was removed from the rotation earlier this week after going 1-7 in 12 starts this season. His 6.68 ERA is the worst in the National League among qualified starters. The Reds' patience expired after he was knocked around by the D-backs on Monday, allowing eight runs (six earned), six hits, and a walk over four-plus innings.

Bailey, though, had yet to comment on his demotion. It was clear through his short answers and body language that he's not thrilled with the team's decision.

When asked if his responsibilities as a reliever had been clarified Bailey said, "Not really, no.''

Could the switch to the bullpen get him back on track?

"Probably not,'' he said. "But that is what we are hoping for.''

Interim manager Jim Riggleman said on Wednesday he thought Bailey would have a middle-relief role and would be an option if a starter exited early. He also speculated Bailey could be available for this Padres series. But Bailey countered that it would only be for the final two games considering his Friday bullpen session.

Worth noting

Catcher Curt Casali arrived in the Reds' clubhouse after being acquired in a trade with the Rays. He's hopeful the switch of teams will serve as a catalyst for his career.

"I feel like a fresh start was needed,'' Casali said.

Casali played in 161 games over four seasons with the Rays, batting .199. He'll spell starter with catcher Tony Cruz being optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

"I want to give Tucker a good break and have the pitchers not skip a beat when I get back there,'' Casali said. "I just want to help win games, do whatever Jim [Riggleman] needs me to do and be a good teammate to these guys.''