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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bray Injury Could Put Chapman Back in the Bullpen

Bill Bray has a groin injury.  He tried to throw a simulated game to Didi Gregorius and Chris Valaika on Wednesday.  The Reds thought they had given Bray enough time to heal but he had to stop the simulated game.

Ryan Madson has tightness in his elbow and Nick Masset has some discomfort also.

"Worry does no good," Baker said.  "Every camp has somebody hurt.  Plus the doctor told us there was nothing serious. Madson's had it before.  One is a groin (Bray).  One said it isn't hurt.  It's just tight (Masset).  Bray is probably the most serious at this point. Like they say you never have enough pitching."

There are still 27 days until the season starts but the Reds will need to make a decision soon.  Bray being lefthanded is an important piece of the bullpen.

There will come a time when we have to determine if he'll be ready in time or not.  We could move Chapman back if we need to.  That's a pretty good backup plan.  We have six starters as it is," Baker said.

Zack Cozart is "ailing" according to Baker.  "We are taking it slow with him.  He has discomfort in his throwing arm."  It is not the arm that had the elbow surgery.

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