SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds are closer to nailing down a starting rotation after optioning 21-year-old Homer Bailey to Triple-A Louisville.
The highly heralded former first-round pick has been effective in the minors but has failed to show major league control. In his last spring training start on Monday, Bailey walked six in 4 1-3 innings, throwing only 42 strikes out of 84 pitches.
With opening day less than a week away, the Reds' likely rotation will be Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo, with newcomers Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez and Josh Fogg.
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