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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Homer's outing

Homer Bailey went 5 2/3 ininngs Tuesday in Columbus. One hit, one unearned run, two walks, seven strikeouts. 92 pitches. The hit was a bunt single.

That hamstring must be OK. He ran the bases a couple of times.

Again, I know the Reds want him to work on things. I know they don't want to rush him. But if it's my club, Kirk Saarloos has to be pretty good tonight, or Bailey is starting for the Reds in five days.


at 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think its performance that is keeping him down, its service time. I believe that if he comes up now (vs. say sometime mid-June) he becomes arbitration eligible a year earlier. If that is the case, there is very little reason to bring him up now.

at 2:29 PM Blogger Brad said...

The anon is 100% correct. If Homer comes up before the all-star break, he'll be eligible to be a Super 2 in arbitration, getting there in 2 years instead of 3. This is all about money and control. Keeping him down until after the all-star break allows them to have control over his services for an additional year.

at 3:38 PM Blogger kingseyeland said...

Service time shouldn't be a consideration if the guy can help the club. This isn't September, it's May, and there's a lot of baseball left to play. It's still early enough in the season for Homer to be a difference-maker. The Reds are 3.5 games out of 2nd place in this division. Put together a rotation, get some guys healthy in the 'pen, and maybe fill a hole or two in the lineup (EE) and see what happens. Throwing in the towel this early is just unwise. Ya think the World Champion Cards or the Astros are throwing in the towel or chalking up a lost season? Optimism!

at 5:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reason number 159 why you're a better writer than GM.

at 5:43 PM Blogger crab42 said...

I appreciate the minor league coverage. I like reading the down on the farm posts. Does anyone know where Milton Loo is right now? I tried searching him on minor league baseball .com and I couldn't find anything. Is he hurt? Is he playing somewhere? Billings?

at 10:51 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Krivsky said point blank that service time is not an issue. "That's garbage," he said.

Milton Loo is still listed on the Reds roster. But he did not report to spring training. I'm trying to find out more. Will post it when I do.

at 10:30 AM Blogger Jeff Gentil said...

According to Doug Gray at redsminorleagues.com, Loo has retired from the game to be with his family. No other reason was given.

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