Homer Bailey is heading back to Triple-A.
The Reds optioned the 21-year-old righthander to Louisville after Bailey’s command issues continued in spring training.
"It wasn’t wildness, as much as it was ‘near-control,’ " manager Dusty Baker said. "That shows you how near he is to the big leagues. … You see how long we stuck with him; we stuck with him big-time. He was heavily under consideration."
Baker said he had seen big improvement from Bailey this spring, and that the Reds people who had seen him last year said there was "vast improvement."
"He was trusting what (Reds pitching coach Dick Pole) was telling him, which is the hardest thing in modern baseball – gaining the trust of young men," Baker said.
The Reds had Bailey make his last spring training start on Monday on three days rest, and Bailey responded by walking six batters in 4 1/3 innings, although he allowed just one run and it was unearned. Including the start on short rest, Bailey’s command has been shaky all spring, with an 11-to-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 spring innings.