Bray inching closer to return

Bray inching closer to return

TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-handed reliever Bill Bray is finally approaching a game situation for the Reds.

Bray has been held back at Spring Training because of a sore left shoulder, but he worked in his second simulated game on Sunday, throwing 34 pitches, and is scheduled to appear in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

"Bray is progressing," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He might be ready for game action pretty soon, maybe [Tuesday] or the next day."

After he missed all of last spring with a fractured left index finger, Bray went 3-3 with a 6.19 ERA over 14 1/3 innings. His season was also shortened by left shoulder tendinitis.

In other injury news, there is still no targeted date for catcher David Ross to return. Ross has missed all 13 Reds spring games because of lower back spasms.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.