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Homer Bailey out, Michael Lorenzen up.

Homer Bailey is out for significant time and Michael Lorenzen is set to make his MLB debut.

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Homer Bailey has thrown just 11.1 innings in 2015, and there doesn't seem to be a good guess for when he might add to that total.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bailey didn’t want to talk. "I can’t tell you anything." Price said <a href="">#Reds</a> are looking at options. Surgery is one.</p>&mdash; John Fay (@johnfayman) <a href="">April 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Bailey had surgery on his flexor tendon in September of 2014, and this is obviously bad news for the Reds. He missed didn't make nine starts last year, and will miss significant time once again if he has to undergo another operation. This adds to the ever growing list of injuries that Bailey has experienced in his career, and does not bode well for the future. He's completed a full season just twice in his career, and next season marks the first year of his much maligned 105 million dollar extension.

Michael Lorenzen to step in

For the immediate future, the Reds have called up Michael Lorenzen to make his major league debut.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lorenzen will start Wednesday. Leake pushed back to Thursday. <a href="">#reds</a></p>&mdash; John Fay (@johnfayman) <a href="">April 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Through three starts at AAA in 2015, Lorenzen owns an ERA of 2.84, but his FIP of 4.07 suggests that may not be accurate. His K/9 rate is extremely low but has incredible velocity, reaching 99 MPH. The Reds will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, but it isn't clear who will be sent packing.