Bailey able to get work in despite rain

Rehabbing right-hander throws for second time this spring

Bailey able to get work in despite rain

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Rain on Monday cut short much of the Reds' normal activity, but starting pitcher Homer Bailey was able to get his work done in the bullpen. It was Bailey's second time on the mound as he returns from surgery on the flexor mass tendon near his right elbow.

Bailey threw 26-27 pitches without issues. They were all fastballs.

"It went fine. I think we're on track as we've planned," Bailey said. "Obviously, the weather made it more difficult but overall, I think stuff went as we expected.

"There's always going to be those aches, I guess, but not pain. If you throw enough, you understand what that means. We'll continue the treatment and what we're doing."

Bailey, who had his operation in September, remains iffy to be ready by Opening Day. But he has not given up on being able to take his first turn in the rotation.

"It's still so far away," he said. "We have over a month. I haven't ruled out anything but I haven't completely kept the door open. We just have to continue with the process. After the first three or four bullpens, we'll have a better idea of where it's at. Right now, it's still so new. It would be like that if you're healthy."

Meanwhile, Reds lefty reliever Sean Marshall -- recovering from June shoulder surgery -- has resumed throwing from flat ground for a week since he was shut down following a setback. There is no date, yet, for when Marshall will advance to throwing from a mound.

"It's a hard one to answer," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "What we're trying to do is get him to where he is completely pain free. He's been a little bit achy but nothing that would prevent him from throwing. It's a part of the process."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.