DENVER (AP) - It was expected to happen and Saturday the Reds made it official.
The team placed Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained pitching elbow. The move is retroactive to Aug. 8.
Manager Bryan Price said earlier this week that Bailey thought he hurt his pitching elbow while batting in his last start on Aug. 7. He recently threw a light bullpen session but said he still didn't feel right
Bailey, who signed a $105 million extension in February, had an MRI that revealed a flexor mass strain in his elbow.
The 28-year-old righty is 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA this season, but he has posted a 1.61 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. He missed his scheduled start Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Right-hander Dylan Axelrod has been called up from Triple-A Louisville to start in Bailey's place Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. He is scheduled to start the back end of a split doubleheader.
It'll be his first big league start since last September.
Axelrod has pitched in parts of the previous three seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The 29-year-old made 30 appearances, including 20 starts last year, going 4-11 with a 5.68 ERA.
He's 8-8 with a 4.09 ERA in 23 appearances (21 starts) in the minor leagues this season.
To make room for Axelrod on the 40-man roster, the Reds transferred first baseman Joey Votto to the 60-day DL. Votto, who's been on the DL since July 8 with a distal quad strain in his left knee, will be eligible to be reinstated Sept. 4.
The Reds are 61-61 as of Saturday morning, good for fourth in the National League Central Division. They're 6 1-2 games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.