Reds: A set up for trouble

BY foxsports • April 13, 2011

Nick Masset, the Reds' top setup man, has been setting his team up for disaster so far this year.

Masset blew his second save in three days Tuesday, giving up a 2-1 lead in the eighth. The Reds came back to win 8-2 in 11 innings. But they're concerned about Masset.

Masset is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA. He's allowed 12 base runners in six innings. Sunday, Masset entered the game against Arizona with a 7-6 lead in the eighth. He allowed four runs and took the loss as the Reds fell 10-8.

"Masset is throwing the ball (well)," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We've got to get him out of the heart of the plate. He had a similar problem early last year."

Masset finished last April with an 11.32 ERA. He had a 2.06 ERA over his last 69 appearances.

"We've got to cut down the time for him to get his stuff together," Baker said. "We're going to need him badly. He's one of my main guys late in the ballgame."

The Reds have several relievers pitching well -- left-handers Bill Bray and Aroldis Chapman and right-hander Jordan Smith and Logan Ondrusek. They're likely to put them in the eighth inning role until Masset shows some consistency.


--LF Jonny Gomes said he didn't hear San Diego starter Mat Latos say anything. But Latos was seen mouthing some unkind words toward Gomes after Gomes' home run Monday in the fourth inning. "If he said something, I didn't hear it," Gomes said. "Everybody told me he did." Gomes ran within about 10 feet of Latos after flying out later. "I thought I would give him an opportunity to say something," Gomes said. "He declined."

--RHP Edinson Volquez's toe is fine. He left Monday's start after injuring the toe in a hole on the mound. "It's good," he said. "I ran (Tuesday)."

--RHP Homer Bailey, on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement, threw three innings of one-run ball in a simulated game at the Reds complex in Goodyear Tuesday. He allowed four hits, walked none and struck out five.

--RHP Sam LeCure went six innings and allowed one run on one hit Tuesday. He walked two and struck out eight. "I felt good," he said. "Everything was working for me."

--LHP Bill Bray allowed a base-runner for the first time this season. He had retired the first 10 he faced before a giving up a double to Orlando Hudson on Tuesday.

BY THE NUMBERS: 98 -- The highest speed, in MPH, that Aroldis Chapman registered Tuesday on the scoreboard readout. It was the first time this year he did not hit at least 100.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Defense takes care of everything. We haven't gotten out of that kind of trouble that many times in a long time. A lot of praying going on out there, a lot of hold your breath and a lot of wishful thinking that paid off (Tuesday)." -- Reds manager Dusty Baker, on the Reds' 8-2, 11-inning win Tuesday night.


--RHP Homer Bailey (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 24. He threw a bullpen session April 8, and he pitched a simulated game in extended spring training April 12.

--RHP Johnny Cueto (right shoulder impingement) had to leave his March 11 start after two innings, then had to leave after one inning March 19. He went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He threw two innings in extended spring training April 11.

--RHP Jared Burton (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29. He suffered a setback in early April and was shut down from throwing.

--OF Fred Lewis (strained right side) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He was rehabbing in extended spring training as of April 8.

--RHP Jose Arredondo (Tommy John surgery in February 2010) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25. He began a rehab assignment with Class AA Carolina on April 11.

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