Astros-Reds game wiped out by rain
Homer Bailey might be the only person around Cincinnati who
didn’t mind another day of steady rain.
The right-hander will get to avoid one more minor league start
and return to the Reds’ rotation this week, thanks to the wet
weather. A forecast of steady rain all night prompted the Reds to
postpone their game against the Houston Astros on Monday, more than
three hours before the scheduled start.
The game is to be made up on Thursday afternoon, which had been
a day off for both teams.
Bailey, who has spent the season on the disabled list with a
shoulder problem, was scheduled to make one final rehab start at
Class A Dayton on Thursday while the Reds were off. Now that
they’re playing, he’ll start against the Astros instead.
”What do they say, rain is a good thing?” Bailey said. ”I was
happy to hear that. I felt ready, but there had to be one more
start (in Dayton) because of the off day. I felt a little bummed
out about it. I’m lucky things worked out.”
Cincinnati had the wettest April in its recorded history. May
isn’t starting much better.
Bailey and right-hander Johnny Cueto are coming back from
shoulder problems that sidelined them during spring training.
Bailey is further along, going 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in three minor
league starts. He gave up only 11 hits and one earned run in 16 2-3
innings, striking out 14.
”I’m definitely glad I can be back at this level of
competition, more than anything,” Bailey said. ”I feel prepared.
I went down and thought I threw well in all my rehab starts.
Everything has progressed really well. I’m ready to step back
Manager Dusty Baker plans to move Sam LeCure back into the
bullpen when Bailey is activated. One of the relievers will get
sent to the minors. The Reds figured Bailey might as well make his
next start in Cincinnati instead of Dayton.
”He was scheduled to throw Thursday anyway, and he didn’t
necessarily want another rehab assignment,” Baker said. ”It’s
just better for our situation. He was patient. He worked very hard.
Now, it’s a go.”
It was the first postponement for both teams this season. Rain
moved into the area about three hours before the scheduled start
and was expected to stay all night. There have been 18
postponements in the major leagues this season, according to STATS
LLC, three short of last year’s total.
The quick postponement allowed both teams to rest their
starters. Cincinnati’s Mike Leake and Houston’s J.A. Happ were able
to get light workouts and rest for Tuesday’s game. The Astros are
pushing each of their starters back one day but staying in
Happ went into the outfield at Great American Ball Park and
played catch and ran in the rain, trying to stay loose on his
unexpected day off. He was glad the game was called early, allowing
him to avoid a long wait in the clubhouse.
”The one good thing would be that they did call it early,”
Happ said. ”The anxiety can kind of quell down in that sense. It’s
tough to come in here and it’s delayed and delayed and delayed and
you’re anxious to get out there.”
The postponement gave Astros left fielder Carlos Lee another day
to recover from a ribcage injury. He hurt his left side when he ran
into shortstop Angel Sanchez during the seventh inning of a 5-0 win
over Milwaukee on Sunday, and was taken to a hospital for tests
that found no fracture.
Lee was expected to rejoin the team on Monday evening.
”He’s still stiff and sore, but we’re glad to hear the CT scan
was negative and also the X-rays were negative,” manager Brad
Mills said. ”I think we’ll check him out and see how he is and go
NOTES: Jason Bourgeois was scheduled to start for Lee in left
field on Monday. … It was only the fourth time in nine seasons
that a game was postponed at Great American. … The Reds are 2-1
against the Astros this season and 24-10 over the last three
seasons. They’ve won 12 of their last 18 against the Astros. …
Baker had planned to start Edgar Renteria at third base on Monday
in place of Scott Rolen, who’s on the DL. Instead, Baker had him at
shortstop. ”I changed my mind,” Baker said. ”He’s not really
comfortable there yet.”