Broxton's velocity returns after he rests shoulder

Broxton's velocity returns after he rests shoulder

Broxton's velocity returns after he rests shoulder
CINCINNATI -- After a few days of being shorthanded in the bullpen, the Reds seem to have their full complement of relievers who got needed rest.

Recently acquired setup man Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth inning in Friday's 7-3 win over the Cubs. It was Broxton's first appearance since Aug. 10 after he was rested with a sore right shoulder.

Broxton, who gave up a leadoff single and a one-out double, escaped without allowing a run. He struck out two batters, including one with a 96 mph fastball. He topped out throwing 97 mph.

"He has his velocity back," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We're going to need him. We're going to need the Broxton that showed up the first couple of games."

Broxton is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in six appearances since his July 31 trade from the Royals.

Right-hander Sam LeCure, who had been kept out because of right shoulder inflammation, is also considered available again. His previous game was also on Aug. 10.

"He was available [Friday]. Each day, he gets better," Baker said.