At the time, they had at least four lefties with good chances to contribute in Aroldis Chapman, Bill Bray, Dontrelle Willis and Matt Maloney. As of Tuesday, Bray was the only left-handed reliever still on the active roster.
Chapman -- the Reds' main lefty for the late innings -- was placed on the disabled list Monday because of left shoulder inflammation. The Reds are now counting on Bray to pick up his situations.
"I never would wish pain on anybody, having been through so much of it myself," said Bray, who was often injured in the past and missed 2009 and part of 2010 because of Tommy John surgery on his elbow. "I definitely feel for [Chapman] there. He'll get the best attention and be back to full health in no time. But that being said, I'm just going to do the best I can in the situations I'm given. I'll just try to continue to do what I've done all along."
Willis did not make the club out of camp. Maloney did make the roster but was sent out last month to join Willis at Triple-A Louisville.
On the current roster, right-hander Jose Arredondo has a strong track record against lefty hitters, but he is just coming off the disabled list after missing all of last season because of Tommy John surgery.
Bray entered Tuesday with a 1.29 ERA in 29 games, with his only two runs allowed over his 14 innings coming when other relievers let his runners score. More importantly, he had stranded 11 of his 12 inherited baserunners. He had also retired 18 of 21 first batters faced.
"It's when I want to be on the mound, when the game is on the line," Bray said. "If that's the opportunity given to me, I'm going to give it everything I can to get the job done. Any time you go out there and start an inning, or if you come in with men on base and get a punchout or first out, it definitely sets the tone and gives you options with the next hitter and helps your ability to get out of the inning."