MILWAUKEE -- Instead of activating Homer Bailey from the disabled list, the Reds have decided to give him at least one more rehab start at Triple-A Louisville. Bailey will pitch on Saturday, with one extra day of rest.
On Sunday for the Bats, Bailey threw 72 pitches over 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and six strikeouts at Toledo.
"We'd like him to get to that 85- to 90-pitch mark before we consider activating him," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said.
Bailey, who has been out since Spring Training with right shoulder impingement, has thrown 10 1/3 scoreless innings over two rehab starts. Price spoke with Louisville pitching coach Ted Power and liked the report.
"[Power] said he threw the ball very, very well," Price said. "He was encouraging -- strikes with all his pitches and elevating his fastball for strikeouts and doing a lot of good things. Our concern last time, the reason we pushed him [to Sunday], was because he had a little fatigue post-throwing that he noticed when he went back out to throw. We'll have more to report when he goes back out today and throws."
In other rehab assignment news, pitcher Johnny Cueto (right biceps/triceps irritation) will start for Louisville on Tuesday. Cueto is expected to throw 85 pitches, but the club would like him to build up his innings. He lasted only 1 2/3 innings on Thursday and 3 1/3 innings during his first start.
"Even if he gets his pitch count, the concern is how many times you get the arm hot, let it cool down and regenerate it the next inning," Price said. "We'd definitely like him to have six up and downs before we consider activation."