Bailey, Iglesias get work in Minor League games

Bailey expected to start on DL; Iglesias battling for roster spot

Bailey, Iglesias get work in Minor League games

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey made his third Minor League start of spring on Wednesday while rotation candidate Raisel Iglesias also worked a Minors game in what could be a final tuneup before the regular season.

In a Triple-A game vs. the White Sox, Bailey threw 63 pitches over five innings and allowed five earned runs, six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts and a wild pitch.

The outing began in rocky fashion when Bailey's first three batters collected hits, including Matt Davidson with a three-run home run. Bailey struck out the side in the second inning.

Over his three Minor League games, Bailey has given up six earned runs and 10 hits over 10 innings with four walks and 14 strikeouts. He's been working his way back from September surgery that repaired a torn flexor mass tendon near his right elbow.

It's expected that Bailey, the Reds' No. 2 starter, will begin the season on the disabled list. He should get one more Minor League game in Arizona and a rehab assignment game in either Triple-A Louisville or Double-A Pensacola.

Against Double-A hitters for the White Sox, Iglesias gave up four earned runs and five hits over five innings with two walks, five strikeouts and a home run.

Battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, or a place in the bullpen, Iglesias had a 3.68 ERA in six Cactus League games -- including three starts. Over his 14 2/3 innings, he allowed 14 hits and five walks with 14 strikeouts.

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