Why no Bray?

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The Cincinnati Reds have optioned left-handed relief pitcher Bill Bray to Triple-A Louisville, as they continue shaping their bullpen for the season’s opening next week.

Bray, 24, was hindered by injuries last season, when he was 3-3 with a 6.28 earned run average and one save for the Reds.

The club also on Friday assigned infielder Andy Phillips to minor league camp and returned left-handed pitcher Jose Capellan to the Red Sox under the Rule 5 draft.

The moves left the Reds with right-handers Francisco Cordero, David Weathers, Jared Burton and Todd Coffey and lefties Jeremy Affeldt, Mike Stanton and Kent Mercker for relief pitchers.

I’ve heard Bray’s looked really good this spring. I love Mercker as much as the next guy, but do we really think at this point he’s better than Bray?

2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Looks like Stanton is gone now. Too bad for him. A story on the Enquirer said something about Bray needing to get more work to build up endurance. I guess he has had 3 arm surgeries over a 12-month period. I guess it good that we have several guys that are good enough to be on the 25 man roster, but are at AAA… they all get work and when injuries/shit pitching pops up, we’ll be ready to act. This was certainly not the case last year. Good for the Reds bringing in so much competition for spring training this year.

  2. Paul

    Yeah, I really thought Bray was going to go north with the club. It would be nice to have one guy from the Kearns/Lopez deal playing with the team to start the year. But I’m sure it won’t be long until Bray gets the call up.

    I am a little surprised that the Reds ate Stanton’s $3 million contract.

    I’m pretty happy with the look of the bullpen this year, I think it’s a huge improvement over last year and should help us win a few more games.

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