Bailey has successful forearm surgery

Bailey has successful forearm surgery

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey had successful surgery performed Friday to repair a small tear in the flexor mass tendon near his right forearm.

Bailey's surgeon was team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. The club is optimistic that Bailey should be ready when Spring Training starts next year.

"It sounds like it went very well, and once Dr. Kremchek got in there he felt very good that it was the right decision," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Bailey's season officially ended on Monday when he was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. He has not pitched since Aug. 7. The tear on the tendon was approximately four millimeters.

"According to Doc, he'll be able to start throwing at the mid-to-end of December, which is probably fairly normal for pitchers anyway," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.

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