CINCINNATI -- Dusty Baker said Homer Bailey is "chomping at the bit" to get back in the Reds' rotation, but the right-hander will have to first take the mound for Triple-A Louisville.
Bailey went on the disabled list May 24 with shoulder inflammation and is eligible to return Tuesday. He'll start for the Bats on Tuesday night at Syracuse.
"This is more of a tuneup," Baker said. "Would rather have him tune up there than tune up here. And he thought he was ready for here, but we wanted to make sure."
Baker said Bailey pitched well in a bullpen session Monday, and he expects Bailey to throw around 80 pitches in his rehab start. He last started May 23 at Cleveland, where he allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings before leaving with the shoulder problem. For the season, he's 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA.
Right-hander Sam LeCure will make his third career start in place of Bailey for the Reds on Tuesday against San Francisco. LeCure split the first two starts of his career with a win over Houston and a loss last Wednesday at St. Louis. If Bailey's start at Syracuse goes well, he could return to the Cincinnati rotation Sunday when the Reds host Kansas City.
Chapman roughed up vs. Pawtucket
Six days after his longest start, Aroldis Chapman had the shortest outing of his career Monday night.
Pitching for Triple-A Louisville against Pawtucket, Chapman was pulled with no outs in the third inning. In two-plus innings, the left-hander allowed seven runs on six hits and six walks with one strikeout.
Chapman allowed two runs in each of the first two innings, and after Pawtucket scored three more in the third, he was pulled from the game with the bases loaded, having thrown 72 pitches.
The rough outing moves his ERA to 4.45 for the season through 11 starts. He has allowed 27 earned runs in 54 2/3 innings with 34 walks and 61 strikeouts.
Reds bullpen refreshed thanks to Arroyo
CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo's strong pitching performance in Sunday's series finale at Washington helped save the Reds bullpen with setup man Arthur Rhodes already getting the day off.
Arroyo pitched eight innings and allowed just two runs, while Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth and Nick Masset pitched the 10th. Rhodes (1-1, 0.38 ERA) was ready to go Monday after pitching in four out of the six games on the Reds' road trip.
The Reds nearly needed to go to the bullpen during a shaky eighth inning Sunday, but Reds manager Dusty Baker made a mound visit and was reassured by Arroyo.
"Well, you know, he's honest," Baker said. "He'll let you know if he's got some more in the tank, and I have to ask him basically if he doesn't have anything in the tank. And he said, 'I've got enough,' and that was enough for me, knowing him."
Baker said sticking with Arroyo was all a matter of trust and knowing one's personnel.
Reds making habit of winning late
CINCINNATI -- Late-game drama has been a trademark for the Reds this season, and Sunday's 10-inning contest further added to the reputation.
With another last at-bat victory, the Reds now have 11 this season to lead the Majors. It was also their league-leading 19th comeback win.
"If you fight every day, you've got a good chance to win," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Just keep fighting."
The Reds' resiliency has allowed them to keep pace with the Cardinals in the National League Central, and Baker thought reliever Nick Masset gave the perfect description of the team after Sunday's game.
"On the way in the clubhouse, Nick said it best. He said, 'We're some fighting fools,'" Baker said.
Tuesday night's game against San Francisco will be the 600th played at Great American Ball Park. The Reds have won eight of 10 home series this season. ... The Reds have won seven straight road extra-inning games dating back to last June. It's their longest streak since winning eight in a row in 1944-45. ... Scott Rolen's pinch-hit home run Sunday was the 297th of his career, leaving him three shy of 300.
Matt Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.