Three Reds relievers inch closer to game action

Three Reds relievers inch closer to game action

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Three key Reds relievers continue to make progress in their efforts to return from injuries.

Right-handed setup man Nick Masset, who has not pitched since March 7 because of a sore shoulder, is slated to pitch an inning vs. the White Sox on Monday.

Lefty Bill Bray, who has yet to see game action because of a strained left groin, worked in his latest bullpen session on Sunday. Closer Ryan Madson, who has also missed all the games with right elbow irritation, threw 39 pitches in his bullpen session on Saturday.

"If everything goes well, we can look at slotting them in for some game activity, probably a Minor League game first," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said of Madson and Bray.

Added Price: "Nick hasn't missed that much time. His setback wasn't extended. That's why we feel comfortable putting him in a big league game. With Ryan and Bill, we'd like to have a controlled environment such as a Minor League game."

Madson, who first reported his injury at the end of February, has felt good each bullpen session over the past week.

"I think the only thing I'm lacking now is strength," said Madson, who signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract in January. "I just want to keep building. Hopefully next week, I will get into a game."