Masset throwing in bullpen

I will cover a little more in my Reds notebook later, but a familiar face was in the clubhouse and also throwing in the visitor’s bullpen Saturday afternoon. It was long-injured reliever Nick Masset, who said his throwing session at Chase Field went well. Masset hasn’t pitched in the regular season since 2011 because of shoulder issues. He had shoulder surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder in September.

Since Spring Training, Masset has remained in Arizona to work out in the complex in Goodyear. He’s had a few setbacks along the way, including one recently.

“I had a setback about a week and a half ago. I started feeling some pain again,” Masset said. “But we straightened some things out. I took five days off or so and strengthened my arm back up. I’ve been playing catch.

“Right now I’m cutting it loose pretty good. I’m fairly close to where I’m probably 100 percent full speed. But it goes from feeling completely feeling completely normal to being my old self to what’s going on here and why all of a sudden is it acting up?”

Masset and the Reds are still aiming at his returning sometime this season.

“My hopes are to get back as soon as possible,” Masset said. “We have to take the right steps in the right direction to myself in the best situation to recover. As long as I’m feeling good, I will keep throwing. I can’t really put a date on it. I just need to make sure I am healthy. Once I am healthy, I can pitch and throw as much as possible.”


Masset is not the answer for the Reds to improve. They need much more than him,
I predict by the end of this road trip the Reds will be more than eight games out. Their bullpen sucks, they can’t score runs other than via the HR, and they can’t beat teams with winning records. Votto is slumping and his fielding has been shoddy as well lately. They don’t seem to be a team that is motivated.

This wasn’t Chapman’s night, nor was it Mike Leake’s night. The only thing I would have done differently would have been in 8th. Cozart was at bat. History tells us that when Cozart bats with a runner on first it’s a good bet that Cozart will hit into a double play about 80% of the time. He doesn’t hit fly ball to the outfield in these situation. I would have used a pinch hitter for Cozart. I’ve seen that happen many times these last two years. I like Cozart, but someone needs to work with him to lift fly balls in those cases. That generally stops a rally.

One more give-away by the bullpen; this one by the best of the east! Somebody named Price has a lot of work to do!

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