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
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
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.