CINCINNATI -- Third baseman Scott Rolen and reliever Nick Masset continue to make improvements as they continue to rehabilitate from injuries. Both are on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder troubles; Rolen has a strained left shoulder, while Masset has had inflammation in his right shoulder that has kept him off the mound since Spring Training.
Rolen took infield practice on Tuesday prior to the Reds' game with Pittsburgh. He said he began hitting off a tee last Thursday while the Reds were on the road. He hit off the tee four out of five days, taking a rest on Sunday. Tuesday he progressed to hitting soft tossed baseballs in the batting cages underneath Great American Ball Park with trainer Paul Lessard.
Rolen has missed 22 games so far and does not have a timetable on his return.
Masset has increased his throwing distance in long-toss drills to 120 feet. He is throwing between 60-70 times during the sessions. He said he's been throwing for about the last week and senses progress.