Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Reds make three more cuts; Masset's shoulder ails

Masset will start 2012 on the DL.
According to multiple reports, Nick Masset's shoulder problems have flared up again. He will start the year on the disabled list per John Fay for the Enquirer. Dusty Baker said, "It's just inflammation," so hopefully he won't miss too much time, as this comes just days after it was announced that newly-acquired closer Ryan Madson will miss the entire season, requiring Tommy John surgery. With the bullpen down another man, and a setup man at that, this really hurts Chapman's chances of remaining as a starter, as Dusty Baker would love to have his 100+ mph fastball hurling out of the bullpen. It will be very interesting to see how that one plays out.

In other news, the Reds have cut their roster down by three more players, re-assigning catchers Dioner Navarro, Corky Miller, and Daryl Jones to minor league camp. This brings the roster total to 30, with the most difficult decisions yet to come. The pitching staff isn't the only place where there are questions. Will the Reds keep Juan Francisco or Todd Frazier? Will Wilson Valdez or Paul Janish be the backup to rookie Zack Cozart?

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