Reds put LH Bray on DL; closer Madson starts rehab

The Reds put left-handed setup man Bill Bray on the 15-day

disabled list Tuesday with a strained groin that has bothered him

since spring training, another blow to their depleted bullpen.

Bray gave up four hits and three runs during an 11-1 loss to St.

Louis on April 18. The move to the DL is retroactive to April


The Reds already were missing closer Ryan Madson, out for the

season with a torn elbow ligament. Madson rejoined the Reds on

Tuesday for a brief rehab on his right elbow, which was rebuilt two

weeks ago.

Madson said doctors think he can start throwing again in four

months and he should be fully recovered in 11 months. He plans to

do his rehabilitation in southern California – where he grew up –

helped by the Angels’ training staff.

”Everything went well,” Madson said. ”Everything was


Madson agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds

after closer Francisco Cordero left as a free agent. Madson’s deal

includes a mutual option for 2013 at $11 million, with a $2.5

million buyout.

Bray led the staff and finished tied for second in the National

League with 79 appearances last season. He missed much of spring

training with the strained groin, and made only five appearances

before going on the DL.

Manager Dusty Baker said Bray aggravated the groin injury

slightly during his appearance on April 18. The left-hander has

been trying to get back in form after missing time in spring


”The last time he pitched on the 18th, it was better, but he

still wasn’t Billy Bray,” Baker said. ”It’s one of those things –

when you start the season hurt, it makes for a long year. It’s

tough, especially for a pitcher.”

The Reds called up right-hander J.J. Hoover from Triple-A

Louisville. They got Hoover from the Braves in a trade on April 1

for infielder Juan Francisco. Hoover had four saves in eight

appearances for Louisville without allowing a run.

Hoover made a good first impression in Cincinnati, throwing one

hitless inning and striking out three during an exhibition game

between the Reds and their minor leaguers at Great American Ball

Park on April 3.