Bray fine after three-out appearance
Shoulder, hamstring both cooperate during reliever's one inning
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Reds lefty reliever Bill Bray's second return from an injury went without incident.Bray made his spring debut eight days ago against the Blue Jays after missing the start of camp with a sore left shoulder. He pitched one scoreless inning, but hadn't pitched since because he was bothered by a sore left hamstring. On Sunday, Bray, again facing Toronto and from the same mound, worked another scoreless inning.
"The hamstring is great. Everything is good," reported Bray, who allowed two hits, one walk and one strikeout. "My shoulder was good 2 1/2 weeks ago. I decided to go running in the outfield one day, and [the hamstring] popped. I was kind of like, 'What next?' But I couldn't control that. It's just great to be back out there."Bray has been beset with nagging injuries, mainly with his shoulder, in each of the past three springs. In the previous game, it became clear that Bray's hamstring was preventing him from covering first base. "I was afraid it was going to pop on me again," Bray said. "I was ready to go a couple of days after that. I feel good and, knock on wood, will pitch the rest of spring and get the season started." The Reds are expecting Bray to join Arthur Rhodes as a late-inning lefty in the bullpen. Last season, during a career-high 63 games, Bray was 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.