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Price: No concern over Broxton's velocity

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CINCINNATI -- Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton showed some diminished velocity and lacked command during a rare less-than-effective appearance in Thursday's game vs. the Pirates.

Pitching in the ninth of what was a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in 12 innings, Broxton walked two in two-thirds of an inning. He reached 92 mph, but also was hovering in the upper 80s.

Manager Bryan Price was not concerned.

"He wasn't sharp. It was a combination. His slider wasn't real good. His velocity wasn't real good, which is fine. He's pitching without his best velocity all year," Price said. "He's coming off elbow surgery, so he's going to have days like that. He wasn't sharp and the hitters had some comfortable swings, so it made sense to go to [Aroldis] Chapman there."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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