By Matt Snyder
If I were a starting pitcher for the Reds, I'd look both ways before crossing the street.
Homer Bailey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained shoulder (John Fay via Twitter). Mike Leake has been recalled in a corresponding move.
Bailey has been a solid pitcher for the Reds since coming off the DL, where he began the season. He's 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 30 innings. His command has been markedly better than in past seasons.
There's never a good time to lose a starting pitcher, but this is an especially bad time for the Reds.
Bronson Arroyo had an MRI on his injured back Tuesday and is expected to make his next start (Saturday), but he's still reportedly a little sore. Johnny Cueto began the season on the disabled list. Edinson Volquez was the opening day starter for the Reds, but he has been so awful that he was recently demoted to Triple-A. Sam LeCure has been a rotation fill-in, but he's currently dealing with tightness in his forearm. Leake has been spared injury, but not embarrassment, as he was arrested for shoplifting on April 18. Oh, and long reliever Matt Maloney, who could start if needed, cracked a rib due to a violent sneeze and has also been placed on the DL.
Travis Wood has been unscathed, unless you count his 5.11 ERA. He might want to make sure he's extra stretched out before his next start. You know, just in case.
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