Reds starter Homer Bailey pitches against the Mets on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Bailey will approach rehab assignment as a starter

The Cincinnati Reds have charted the course for pitcher Homer Bailey to return to the team from the disabled list, but whether the road ends with the struggling 32-year old back in the rotation or demoted to the bullpen remains to be seen.

“Homer has got his plan together and I haven’t looked at what Steve Baumann, our trainer, has for him,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He has a plan in place for him for when he’s going to throw and how much and how soon he would throw in a game situation.”

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Bailey, who went on the 10-day DL Saturday with knee inflammation, is expected to throw off flat ground Thursday.

“I know he’s anxious. I know that,” Riggleman said, adding that Bailey will continue to throw longer outings through whatever rehab assignment he makes.

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“He’s going to keep throwing an extended amount that would prepare him to continue to start initially,” Riggleman said. “If he was to go out on a rehab start, when that would be I don’t know, but he would do it as a starter.”

Bailey is 1-7 with 6.68 ERA. He was 1-4 in May with a 9.78 ERA.

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