John Fay tweeted this afternoon that Nick Masset will start the year on the DL.
Right-hander Nick Masset will start the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his shoulder.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The MRI showed itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the rotation cuff, not the labrum,Ã¢â‚¬Â Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just inflammation. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll rest a week. Hopefully, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll miss a minimal amount of time.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This follows yesterday’s news that Bill Bray is hopeful to start the year on the Reds roster, it is not yet a given according to Fay:
Bray will pitch again on Thursday. It remains to be seen if he can get ready by Opening Day.
Bray is confident he can be.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Absolutely,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Baker isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as sure.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see. You guys asked me these questions that are impossible to know. When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking a short period of time, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hard question to answer. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rush a guy. You need a certain number of innings. He has to go back-to-back.
Losing a single reliever, even a closer, doesn’t hurt this team too much, but the depth is seriously starting to take a hit.