Madson nursing minor elbow injury

Madson nursing minor elbow injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- New closer Ryan Madson has not appeared in either of the Reds' first two Cactus League games. Madson has been out with what the club considers to be a minor elbow injury.

"He has a little irritation in his arm," Reds manager Dusty Baker said following the Reds' 8-6 win over the Indians on Sunday. "The doctor looked at him today. Hopefully, he will be all right in the next couple of days."

Madson, 31, is one of the Reds' big offseason acquisitions. In January, the right-hander was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract as a free agent.

In other injury news, lefty reliever Bill Bray is almost ready to return from a strained left groin.

"Very close," Bray said Sunday morning. "I threw in the bullpen [Saturday]. It went well."