Broxton wasn’t available
During Tuesday’s 5-2 Reds loss to the D-backs, it was night when the bullpen was needed in a big way after Tony Cingrani went down with a lower back strain after only 3 2/3 innings. Conspicuous in his absence was RHP Jonathan Broxton.
Reds manager Dusty Baker gave Sam LeCure a second inning of work in the eighth. LeCure wound up loading the bases with three-straight one-out singles. J.J. Hoover took over and allowed a Paul Goldschmidt grand slam. At no point did Broxton get warmed up.
“He hasn’t been [available],” Baker said Wednesday. “I think he’s OK tonight but he wasn’t OK last night or the night before.”
Baker would not disclose the issue with Broxton specifically. Broxton missed nearly two months with a strain in his elbow and returned on Aug. 7.
“It’s similar stuff,” Baker said. “We just have to take care of him.
“Hopefully he is available tonight. We need him tonight. Our bullpen is kind of spent.”