CINCINNATI -- Reds right-hander Homer Bailey will likely begin the season on the disabled list after having surgery to remove small bone spurs from his right elbow.
Bailey, 30, had discomfort when throwing before spring training. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Monday.
Bailey’s surgery was performed Wednesday by Dr. David Alchek in New York. Bailey is expected to begin throwing in four to six weeks.
Bailey has missed most of the past two seasons after two elbow surgeries.
He began last season on the DL. He had a setback during a rehab start on April 26. He was shut down. He didn’t make his Reds debut until July 27. He made six starts before having soreness again. His season ended on Aug. 28.
Bailey still has three years left on his $106 million contract.
The Reds were counting on Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan and free agent Scott Feldman to fill the first four spots in the rotation.