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07/10/08 2:50 PM ET

Reds tab Bailey to start for Harang

Baker says reports on right-hander have been positive

CHICAGO -- The Reds decided they will promote Homer Bailey from Triple-A Louisville to pitch on Sunday at Milwaukee in injured starter Aaron Harang's spot.

Why Bailey?

"They told me he's throwing the ball good down there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday morning after a meeting with general manager Walt Jocketty. "They said his velocity is better. His command is better. I hope so. We're pulling for him."

The other candidate Baker and Jocketty considered was Daryl Thompson. The right-hander last started on Tuesday and won, but he had a high pitch count. Bailey last worked on Monday, going six innings in a loss. He gave up all four runs in the sixth, but he did not allow a walk in the game and struck out eight.

Bailey was the top pitching prospect in the organization heading into this season, but he since has been passed over by Thompson and Johnny Cueto. A previous big league stint with Cincinnati last month didn't go well for Bailey. He was 0-3 with an 8.76 ERA in three starts that lasted a combined 12 1/3 innings. Besides giving up 16 hits, the 22-year-old walked 10 struck out only three.

In 16 starts with Louisville this season, Bailey is 4-7 with a 4.42 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. He's walked 38 and struck out 82.

Someone pointed out to Baker that Bailey hasn't won a game at any level since April 27.

"He's due then," Baker responded.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.