Masset is unlikely to pitch this season

Masset is unlikely to pitch this season

PHOENIX -- It's become unlikely that reliever Nick Masset will get to pitch for the Reds this season after he received the results of an MRI exam taken over the weekend.

Masset hasn't pitched all season because of a right shoulder injury. The MRI showed no change inside his shoulder since the last exam in April.

"That's why we're going to shut him down," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said Tuesday. "The lucky part is we don't treat the MRI, we treat the symptoms. His strength is tremendous. But still on occasion, he's having generalized soreness. It's not in a specific spot where he has it."

Last Tuesday in his most recent rehab assignment appearance for Triple-A Louisville, Masset gave up three runs, four hits and two walks without retiring a batter. He reported soreness the next day. Like most of the Minor League teams, Louisville's season ends on Monday, leaving Masset no other place to keep throwing.

"We're trying to get everything calmed down and keep strengthening," Lessard said.