Four pitchers likely to start on DL
Injury news galore at Reds camp on Friday. I will have more on MLB.com/Reds.com later, but here’s a quick update…
It looking like four pitchers — Aroldis Chapman (fracture above left eye), Jonathan Broxton (right forearm), Sean Marshall (left shoulder) and Mat Latos (left knee) — are likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
“It’s quite possible. That’s very realistic,” manager Bryan Price said.
There could be a fifth pitcher as well. Homer Bailey has been bothered by a right groin strain. Bailey has a bullpen session this morning.
“Today is a pretty big day,” Price said of Bailey’s upcoming bullpen session. “We’d like him to pitch on Sunday. If he can pitch on Sunday, then he could come back and pitch again on Friday. Then he’s lined up for the season. He should be able to get his innings and his number of pitches to be ready to go.”
*As for the closer situation, Price was not ready to name someone. It could be one person or a committee situation. Will have much more on that in a story today.
*Price was feeling positive after Chapman had surgery to repair his fracture on Thursday evening. Chapman can begin working out and throwing in 10-14 days and could pitch in game conditions in 4-6 weeks.
“It certainly is better than expected,” Price said. “You always fear the worst case scenario in that situation. It was a very traumatic experience for Aroldis and the rest of us. We’re happy that our doctors are so optimistic the surgery went well and he should be back on the field relatively quickly considering.”
*Latos is scheduled to pitch three innings in a Minor League game on Monday. Price would like him to get five starts in spring before he can begin the regular season.
*Catcher Devin Mesoraco has been out a couple of days with a strained left oblique. The severity isn’t entirely known but he’s been told to rest a couple of days.
*Marshall threw in the bullpen on Thursday and his shoulder felt good.
*Broxton is slated to throw an inning today vs. the Royals.