Cincinnati Reds star Homer Bailey has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after requiring surgery on a tendon in his pitching arm.
The news was confirmed on the Reds’ website and club medical director Dr Tim Kremchek will perform an operation on Bailey’s flexor mass tendon on Friday morning (September 5).
The right-handed starting pitcher has been on the disabled list since August 7 after the 28-year-old complained of pain in his right forearm after batting.
Despite the discomfort Bailey pitched a near-perfect seven innings, going for just four hits without conceding a run against the Cleveland Indians.
After the injury was initially diagnosed last month, the Reds medical team gave Bailey a platelet-rich plasma injection to heal the small tear in his forearm.
Unfortunately for the pitcher, an MRI scan on Monday revealed no improvement and left surgery as the only option.
Reds manager Bryan Price felt it was unfortunate for Cincinnati to lose of one of their star pitchers for the rest of 2014 but expects Bailey to be fit for the bulk of next season.
The Reds still have a slim chance of making the post-season but will require a remarkable turnaround to steal a wildcard spot.
Cincinnati sit fourth in the National League central division, 11 games behind leaders St Louis Cardinals and seven off the wildcards, which are currently held by San Francisco, Milwaukee and Atlanta.
If the Reds do fail to reach the post-season it’ll be the first time they have missed out since 2011.
Bailey, who signed a new six-year, $105 million contract in February, has been with the Reds since making his MLB debut in 2007.
The 28-year-old’s career highlights are his two no-hitters in 2012 and 2013 but this season his form has taken a slight dip.
According to MLB.com, Bailey suffered a tricky beginning to 2014 but recovered to post a 9-5 season record with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts.