Reds' Top Prospect Still a Minor Leaguer

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds reassigned their top
pitching prospect to minor league camp on Friday, but that was OK
with Homer Bailey, the team's first pick in the 2004 draft.

He didn't expect to be on the Reds' opening day roster.

"I'll go wherever they want me to go and work on whatever they
want me to work on," Bailey said. "I just want to show them what
I can do."

Bailey pitched just 3 2-3 innings this spring, allowing eight
runs on six hits.

"He had a couple rough outings where he didn't have his
command, but we're not down on him at all," manager Jerry Narron
said. "It was good for him to get the experience and I think he
knows that."

General manager Wayne Krivsky has refused to rush Bailey to the
big leagues. Bailey, selected seventh overall in the 2004 draft,
was 7-1 with a 1.59 earned run average at Double-A Chatanooga last
year, and the Reds had planned for him to start the season at
Triple-A Louisville.

"When he comes to the big leagues, we want him to stay,"
Krivsky said.

Notes:The Reds' game Friday with Toronto was rained out. ... The
club released RHP Brian Meadows and RHP Kerry Ligtenberg, optioned
1B Joey Votto to Triple-A Louisville and reassigned C Ryan Hanigan,
LHP Michael Gosling and C Dan Conway to minor league camp.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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