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Reds activate Bray from DL, sends Hoover to Triple-A Louisville

It has been two long months on the disabled list, but Cincinnati Reds left-handed reliever Bill Bray was finally activated before Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins.

Bray was initially put on the DL due to a strained left groin, but back trouble caused him to stay awhile longer.

Bray returned following a six-game rehab assignment with Class A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. In his four outings for Louisville, he gave up two runs and three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Bill Bray (2008 photo by BubbaFan via wikipedia commons)

The bullpen had been performing so well without Bray, Nick Masset and Ryan Madson, that it was a tough call to send down anybody. To make room for Bray on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned right-handed reliever J.J. Hoover to Triple-A Louisville. Hoover, a rookie,  performed well with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances with eight walks and 19 strikeouts over 18 innings.

The Reds will now how three lefty’s in the bullpen, Bray, Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman.

Bray, who is 29 years old, has a career mark of 13-12 with an ERA of 3.67 and 181 strikeouts. He has also played for the Washington Nationals. Bray has been with the Reds since 2006.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds set final roster; option Frazier for Simon, select contract of Harris


Reds GM Walt Jocketty (

The Cincinnati Reds are getting ready to open their season on Thursday against the revamped Miami Marlins.

Beforehand, the team used Wednesday to get their roster finalized.

The Reds optioned utility player Todd Frazier to Triple-A Louisville.

Frazier’s spot goes to Alfredo Simon, the Reds claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Tuesday. Simon goes into the bullpen, which has lost closer Ryan Madson for the season and Nick Masset for two weeks.

The Reds also selected the minor league contract of spring training invitee Willie Harris to complete their bench. Harris can play all infield and outfield positions.

To the diasbled list, the Reds put Madson on the 60-day with a torn ligament; Masset to the 15-day with an inflammed pitching shoulder and Jordan Smith on the 15-day as well.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds, Madson close deal after physical; closer ready for playoffs, World Series


Ryan Madson (courtesy of

New Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson is glad he doesn’t have to face Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto anymore.

However, he is anxious to help them get back to the playoffs and to the World Series.

The former Philadelphia Phillies closer who had 32 saves in 34 chances with a 2.37 ERA, says he’s glad to jump at the Reds’ deal of one-year, $8.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2013.

The past two seasons have been solid for the righthander, as he has allowed only 96 hits, while pitching 113.2 innings with a 2.45 ERA. 2011 was his first season as a closer.

The 31-year-old from Long Beach, California has no problem pitching in home-run haven ballparks like Citizen Bank in Philadelphia and Great American in Cincinnati. He allowed only two homers last season in 60.2 innings and four in 53 innings in 2010.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies news & stats

Reds choose Madson as closer; contract pending on physical


Ryan Madson (courtesy of

The Cincinnati Reds have chosen Ryan Madson and he has chosen them to be their 2012 closer. But a contract will take time to sign due to Madson being on vacation and a physical.

According to sources around baseball, Madson has a one-year deal with an option for 2013. His pact will be $6 million the first year, $ 11 million the second year and has a buyout of $2.5 million.

In 2011 as the closer of the Philadelphia Phillies, Madson, who is right-handed, was 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA, with 32 out of 34 in save opportunities.

The 31-year-old is considered to be one of the up-and-coming closers in the game.


Info compiled from MLB, Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds get their leftfielder in Ryan Ludwick


Ryan Ludwick with San Diego in 2011 (photo by SD Dirk via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have been very aggressive this offseason by adding starter Mat Latos, left-handed reliever Sean Marshall, closer Ryan Madson and now they have a new leftfielder.

The Reds have signed Ryan Ludwick to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The move was announced on Monday.

Ludwick, who is left-handed, gives the Reds the right-handed bat they’ve looking for to place between left power-hitters Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Ludwick will probably platoon in LF with future star outfielder Chris Heisey.

Ludwick was an All-Star in 2008 with St. Louis, the 33-year-old Ludwick was traded to Pittsburgh from San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline in 2011. Hit a combined .237 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI’s.

Ludwick is 33 years old.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

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