CINCINNATI–Reds pitcher Homer Bailey had arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove small bone spurs from his right elbow. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek in New York.
In preparation for Spring Training, Bailey increased his throwing workload and began experiencing discomfort. The Reds expect Bailey to return in 4-6 weeks. He is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Bailey missed 15 months last season after ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery on the same elbow. He was 2-3 with a 6.65 ERA in 6 starts before tenderness of the right biceps took him out.
Removing Bailey from the rotation creates competition among the team’s other starting pitchers. Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Amir Garrett, and Tim Adleman are all expected to compete for the spot. Non-roster invitee Bronson Arroyo may also be in the mix after two years out due to arm injuries.