NEW YORK -- Injured Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey flew into New York from Cincinnati on Tuesday to continue his throwing program. Bailey threw again on flat ground at distances of up to 120 feet. He also threw using some pitching motion from 60 feet."It feels all right," Bailey said. "It's getting back into throwing shape, I guess you could say." Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since May 24 because of right shoulder inflammation, is expected to throw off the mound during the next series in Philadelphia. "I have a schedule, but I don't have that schedule with me. I brought an iPad, but not the schedule," Bailey joked. "It's such a slow, slow process. If you go too fast, you go right back to Square 1."
Reds' Hernandez plagued by knee, sits
NEW YORK -- For the second straight game, a sore left knee kept Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez out of the lineup. Corky Miller started again for Hernandez, who came up sore after running out a triple on Sunday against Chicago."It's getting better. It's going to be day-by-day and see how I feel," Hernandez said on Tuesday. Reds manager Dusty Baker got reports that Hernandez has made strong progress. "He could be ready [Wednesday], but more than likely be ready to catch most of the games in Philadelphia, depending on how he progresses," Baker said.
Playing at Citi Field this week may conjure a bad memory for right fielder Jay Bruce, who broke his right wrist July 11 last year trying to make a sliding catch against the Mets. He missed two months, but he came back and had one of his best months of 2009. "It was a freak accident last year," Bruce said. "Some could argue that it helped me. Who knows if it really did or didn't. When I came back, I was more successful. I had a chance to settle down and relax a little bit. That helped me moving forward, I think."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.