CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who agreed to a $105 million contract before the season, left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in the sixth inning with pain in the patellar tendon of his right knee.
The right-hander was delivering a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro, but he didn't throw the ball while gingerly completing his motion. After a visit from trainer Paul Lessard and manager Bryan Price, during which Bailey pointed to a spot on the mound, he walked off the field and was replaced by the right-hander Sam LeCure.
Bailey, who entered with an 8-5 record, allowed two hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit two batters while throwing 71 pitches.
He had signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds in February that included a mutual option for a seventh year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.