03/19/12 7:25 PM ET
Spring results not a barometer for Ludwick
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Reliever Masset's return quick, quiet
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reds reliever Nick Masset's return to action was about as neat and clean as it could get.It was three up, three down and six pitches for Masset in the fifth inning against the White Sox in his first outing since March 7. The right-handed setup man had been out because of a sore shoulder. "Typically, your job is to get strikes early and get ahead and get outs as quick as you can," Masset said. "That's the way it worked out. I didn't get to work as many pitches as I wanted to work and get it going. But I got three outs and it was a clean inning." Masset is scheduled to pitch again on Thursday against the Rangers.
Votto focused on timing, not spring average
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During the regular season, it would be a unique sight to see Joey Votto's batting average below the .300 mark. During the early going of Spring Training, it would be different to see his average much higher than .200.Votto typically is a slow starter in spring and this year is no different. After he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the White Sox on Monday, the Reds' first baseman is batting .174 in Cactus League play. "Joey takes a lot of pitches in Spring Training to see pitches," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Joey is looking at pitches he knows he can hit. That would be defeating his point and purpose right now. The more pitches he sees, the better timing he will get - breaking balls, offspeed, fastballs in."
Bailey bounces back from poor outing
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Over the last five games, Reds starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over 20 innings. Against the White Sox on Monday, Homer Bailey kept the stinginess alive with four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and one strikeout.Bailey has a 7.15 ERA through four starts, with his high ERA mostly attributed to his March 14 start against the Dodgers when he allowed six runs and six hits over 2 1/3 innings. "The last game was the one I really felt bad about," Bailey said. "The rest of them I thought I threw pretty well. It's building up and I'm feeling really good, which is a change. So you have to be happy with that."
Rotation candidate Aroldis Chapman pitched Monday in a Minor League game with Class A Bakersfield. Against Carolina, Chapman gave up two earned runs and four hits over 2 1/3 innings with two walks, four strikeouts and a wild pitch. Closer Ryan Madson (right elbow) and lefty reliever Bill Bray (left groin) are scheduled to throw an inning each in simulated games on Tuesday. If all goes well, both could be cleared to pitch in a Minor League game soon.