Reds’ Bailey near-perfect in rehab start for Dragons

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey looked ready to return to the big leagues as he plowed through the Great Lakes Loons lineup in his six-inning rehab start for the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday.

Bailey allowed one hit (a 6th-inning double by Saige Jenco) and hit a batter (Cody Thomas in the 1st inning), but didn’t walk anyone in his six shutout innings. He struck out six batters.

The Dragons won the game 4-2.

Bailey’s Wednesday start went better than his last rehab appearance with the Dragons, in 2010. In that game he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in four innings, struck out five batters, and took the loss.

As a Reds prospect in 2005, Bailey was assigned to Dayton and went 8-4 with a 4.43 ERA, 125 strikeouts and 62 walks in 103.2 innings. He made his major-league debut two years later.

Bailey underwent surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

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